Spider Friends

Published August 17th, 2011

I noticed in my back yard the other day that some grass spiders had made their home in a shrub, building a few of their cool hole-like webs in spots around the bush. It's made for a nice little macro spot. I took several pictures on Monday and again this evening. Lesson to learn? They're a lot less active and skittish first thing in the morning...and rather fast and wary in the afternoon. Really experienced macro shooters take this for granted, but macro is not what I primarily shoot, so it was good to be reminded. I've attached some of my favorite shots from the past few days. Enjoy!

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Stopping for the shot.

Published July 19th, 2011

Yesterday morning on the way to work, I saw the city bathed in fog. I normally would have just noticed the fog and kept driving, but something stopped me and I drove to one of my favorite vantage points. I took a few shots and had the processing in mind from the beginning. A little bit of time in post, and I got the result I was after. 3 minutes of shooting, 15 minutes in post, and a successful shot.

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Keep Experimenting

Published July 14th, 2011

I always try to do something a little different each day when I pick up my camera. Sometimes things work well, other times they fail, and other times, like tonight, I try something that wasn't all that successful for images today, but adds something to think about for the future.

Tonight I tried freelensing. I had not heard of freelensing until tonight, and so I tried it out. If you are not familiar, freelensing is basically turning your lens into a (very) makeshift tilt lens. Tilt-shift lenses generally are quite expensive, and due to their somewhat specialized nature, don't make it into most photographers' kits unless they are professional architecture shooters or product photographers. Basically, tilt-shift lenses allow a small format camera (such as 35mm or smaller) to somewhat replicate the movements of a large format view camera. Shifting can be used to correct perspective distortion, and tilting can change the focus plane, from flat in front of the lens, to angled, creati ...

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500px

Published July 14th, 2011

Enjoying the site, and I will perhaps start blogging here. In the meantime, I hope people enjoy my photos. I have been enjoying the great work of the many talented photographers on this site, and look forward to seeing more inspirational images.

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