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Sean Cawley
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Blue 'n white.
just staying in the theme of blue and white - blueberries, blue cheese, white wine.
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This photo is the result of a project to create a macro-type shot but using a standard lens (not a macro lens or extension tubes). I set up my 18-70mm zoom on a tripod. The foreground is a hammock swing in my backyard. The background was a 4 foot US flag - hey, Independence Day is this Friday.
The lens was set on 70mm f/5.6 and shutter adjusted to achieve the result. The flag was in shadow so I used an off-camera flash to enhance the exposure of the background.
Lots of stories or innuendos could be created from this shot. You can use your own imagination. Enjoy...
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#macrophotography #macromonday
Shot with 105mm Nikon Micro + 20mm extension tube
Kinda has a Salvador Dali look - flowing lines and bright colors.
It is actually a cheese grater from my kitchen.
I placed an image from a calendar with lots of bright colors up next to a clean cheese grater. The colored image was at right angles to the grater.
Camera set on tripod, vertical position. Natural light. Post production - pushed vibrance and saturation a bit to bring out the colors using LR5.
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Shot w/ Nikor 105mm micro lens on a Nikon D90. The primary purpose was my experimentation with DOF.  f/4.5 in direct (morning) sunlight. The flower is a rose - actually named Flame. The colors really live up to its name. If you are familiar with the "golden section" you will notice the curl of the petals from inside out follow the same shape as the golden section.
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Spring bouquet of radishes.

Yesterday I posted a photo and forgot to share the setup and technique I used with the photographic community. I am re-posting with the explanation. Sorry for the mix up.

Which image do you prefer and why?

This past weekend I was roaming my local farmer’s market and saw all these beautiful colors of radishes. I wanted to create a photo but the usual photo of just a “bunch’ of radishes didn’t appeal to me. Then the flower arrangement idea came to mind. I bought 5 different varieties of radishes and separated them making a new bunch with multiple varieties; setting the bunch in a bowl on the stems with the leaves overlapping the bowl. I inserted radishes on toothpicks to fill in areas needing color or shape, just like I would do with a flower arrangement.

I used a number of different set-ups: placing the bowl on white Plexiglas with a basket and without. I also post processed one of the images using LR5 by including a dark vignette to add a bit of contrast.

The images were all shot outside. The day was initially overcast, but by the time I had everything setup the sun broke through the clouds and made drastic exposure problems as the sun and clouds played hide-n-seek. I usually shoot in manual mode but changed to aperture priority (f/13, ISO 200) to more quickly adjust exposure settings. I also used a sun screen to help block the direct sunlight.
There are a number of food styling techniques I could use, like wiping the radishes with a light cooking oil to give them a sheen. I chose to use a light misting spray of water.

Does the basket detract from the bouquet or add to it?

thanks,
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Spring radishes
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Spring...
pink plum blossoms using shallow DOF, f/5.0
#blossomtreephotography #blossom #spring2014  
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Happy Easter
#easteregg  
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#fruit #pears  
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