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Daisy Fleabane

An 8-frame focus stack of Daisy Fleabane measuring approximately 1/2-inch wide. Nikon D810 with Nikon 85mm Micro f/3.5 at f/16. Image displayed as-shot with no crop.


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My Hiking Buddy

This is my grandson, Titan, at 25-months young. He will go wherever I go, and he will do whatever I do. When asked a question he answers in full sentences. If he likes or dislikes something he will explain what he likes or dislikes about it and rarely leaves room for misinterpretation of his position. His mind and memory are exceedingly sharp (almost in a scary kind of way) and he has an intense and astonishing curiosity about everything around him. My wife often asks me, "Do you realize that you're talking to him like he's 30-years old? Why would you do that?". I try to explain that while he may not understand everything that I tell him, he clearly has the capacity to understand a lot of it which is evident by the way he demonstrates an understanding - he will show us that he gets it. I remember a couple of months ago when Titan and I were outside on a clear, dark night. I spent about 15 minutes pointing out as many stars as I could and trying to trace constellations using his finger as a pointer. As I was walking inside I turned to see what Titan was doing. There he stood with both arms outstretched and he was doing a pinching action with his fingers. After a few moments he turned to me and said, "I can't touch the stars, pawpaw; too far away.". Smiling at his grasp on such a concept that he determined for himself, I took his hand and said, "Don't stop trying, buddy. Some day you just might reach 'em!".


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He is a beautiful blessing...
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DIY Flower Grip for Outdoor Macro Photography: Sharing to hopefully inspire others with ideas for similar solutions.

Last weekend I spent several hours in the woods shaking down a couple concepts for new DIY gear to help me with capturing images for my focus stacks in the outdoors. One of the concepts involved a grip used to hold flowers steady. The concept I took with me worked pretty well but had plenty of room for improvement. When I got home I began scouring little odds and ends and here's what I came up with.

My big discovery was the little articulating tripod (5-inches tall) that was gifted to me years ago (am I glad that I held on to that!). The little tripod was designed to hold a small LED torch on a built-in ball head with a 1/4-inch x 20 screw and locking dial. My next discovery was a small steel block - another gift courtesy of +JP Murphy  - that is drilled and tapped with two 1/4-inch x 20 holes and has one smooth-drilled 3/8-inch hole on one end that I could use to insert whatever clipping device I came up with. I didn't have enough material around the house to construct the clipping device so I picked up a set of helping hands from a local tool supplier ($4.99 USD from Harbor Freight). I disassembled the helping hands and put them back together in a configuration that worked for my needs and still had several pieces left over for other projects. At it's tallest configuration the new grip stands 15-inches tall and gives me crazy articulation! I was really surprised how steady this thing is.

With this problem solved I now move on to constructing my new wind-blocking soft box! :)



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The Unnamed Falls of the South Branch Elk Creek

Or at least I think the falls are unnamed. I've checked every reference I would typically use to identify a waterfall and have found nothing. This area is on private land that the owners maintain exceptionally well and are kind enough to allow the public to visit. This angle shows one of two equally impressive waterfalls (the second on the other side just around the corner), both approximately 15-feet from the top of the falls to the bottom of the cascade. There are dozens and dozens of compositions to be had here!


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Thank you, +Sixten Imgs . This is a really, really gorgeous place!
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The Sisyrinchium montanum that almost got Rolo killed!

Over the weekend I went in search of tiny flowers in the woods for some macro work in a natural environment. My destination was a local park and the gear I prepared was quite a load but covered just about any circumstances I might encounter. I found this tiny wildflower (about 10-mm diameter) in a shaded area about 5-feet off the trail and well out of the way for anyone that might pass by.

Now imagine this scenario: I had my tripod set up nearly flat to the ground with the center column positioned horizontally, a 90-degree tripod head adapter on the end of the center column, a ball head installed onto the 90-degree adapter, and my camera mounted to a X/Y focus rail sitting on top of the ball head. The front of the lens is now 6-inches from the flower. I had the flower clipped with a small articulating arm and an alligator clip. To the left of the flower sat another small tripod which held an umbrella bracket with a light diffuser and my Savage dual-arm macro light. To the right of the flower I had positioned a flat panel to block the wind. If you're getting the picture you might imagine that I had quite an elaborate production on my hands!

After about 20 minutes of getting the gear set up and finally getting the flower composed I began shooting for my focus stack. I was maybe 4 or 5 exposures into the process when along came a man and woman walking 3 dogs; the lead dog was a large, fluffy, slobbering beast which I soon learned was named Rolo. Did I mention that I was about 5-feet off the trail?!

The man says: "Oh, wow, look at all this! Nice setup - can we photobomb it?"

Me: (laughing jovially) "Absolutely - the more the merrier! Nice day for a walk, isn't it?"

This was a mistake. Apparently the couple took my question as an invitation to stick around. Nevermind the fact that I'm on both knees peering through the viewfinder and operating the focus rail with one hand and a remote shutter release with the other, when suddenly a big, black, wet nose appears in the viewfinder! As I straightened up to see where the nose came from I now saw the big furry beast sniffing my flower which equaled a wrecked composition!!!! Then I looked to my left to see the smallest of the three dogs had made a lap around my light support getting it's leash entangled with my macro light ... lighting arrangement is also now wrecked. All three dogs had about 10-feet of loose leash to roam around, which they did so freely.

Without a care in the world, now the woman says: "Awww, Rolo, what have you found?! Awwww, pretty, do you like that flower?! Yes you do!

I'm still on my knees, mouth agape, and now in a complete state of shock. Rolo is moving freely around and around and back and forth from my camera, the flower, and one of my gear bags. Now here comes Rolo to put his face in my face!

The woman says: Awww, Rolo, who is that?! No, no, Rolo, don't lick him, just smell him!"

Meanwhile the man makes no attempt to free the smallest dog from my macro light and the whole light setup is now toppled to the ground. I was speechless and I can't imagine the look I was giving those people. I'm sure it was a mixed look of shock, horror, and complete disgust. This encounter only lasted for maybe 45-seconds to a minute but seemed like an hour. As I loosed the smallest dog from my lighting tripod the man finally suggests to the woman that they should be moving along. They both kindly wished me good luck with my photography shoot and moved on down the trail. I felt like a little hurricane had just passed as I overlooked a trashed production!

It took me another 20 minutes to get everything set up again but I finally pulled it off with 10 frames for this little stack. Phew!


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+Chuck Murphy Those of us who spend time in caves (by choice) would not welcome that quintet to our party.

All too frequently people don't realize that if you wouldn't let your child behave in a particular manner you should not let your dog behave that way. Both require a significant investment of time to socialize meaningfully, which seems to be what people forget with respect to dogs buy love to complain about with respect to children.
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+Patrick Fleury , Painted trillium, as is on the title of the post. 
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Thankful for rain


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Muchas gracias, +GONZALO CLAUSELL MORALES !
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DIY Wind Blocker and Light Diffuser for Outdoor Macro Photography: The good and the bad.

This is my rendition of a DIY wind blocker and light diffuser as inspired by André De Kesel (see link to André's Flickr albums at bottom for some great inspiration). The device performs exactly as I had hoped for blocking wind and diffusing light. However, I have encountered a glitch that I did not foresee which will take a bit of experimenting to correct.

The main component is a 3-gallon jug obtained from a local restaurant; I have three of them. The bottom is cut away to allow the jug to be lowered around the subject. One side of the jug is cut away where I installed a sheet of 2mm plexiglass. And a 4-inch x 4-inch hole was cut on the opposing side for lens access. The grip apparatus that supports the entire rig is a small tripod, two umbrella brackets for articulation, two wooden dowels as a boom arm, and 1 clamp to hold the jug. Also clamped to one leg of the tripod is a dual-arm macro light. All of the attached images explain the device pretty well.

I have only experimented with this setup for about an hour, but the one big problem I am seeing is a reflection on the inside of the plexiglass. As best as I can tell, the reflection is coming from the side of the jug that opposes the plexiglass (the side where the lens access hole is cut). You can see the reflection is a couple of the images attached. So far I have not found a lens angle that avoids picking up the reflection somewhere around the frame. While I don't know if the physical properties of the plexiglass are amplifying the reflection, I am inclined to install a sheet of real glass to see if there is any difference. Really, I don't know why there would be any difference at all. But before I do that, I will attempt to subtract the light bounce on the inside of the jug that I think is creating the reflection. Right now I plan to use gaffers tape (black, cloth tape) to cover the inside wall of the jug where the access hole is cut. Of course the tape will also block a bit of the ambient light, but I think I can offset that using the macro light.

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Post edited to include the solution to the reflection problem including 4 new pics in the album showing the solution.

I tested two different circular polarizers hoping they would remove the glare from the plexiglass with no such luck. At best I'd guess the polarizers cut the reflection by maybe 10%. Perhaps a linear polarizer would help but I don't have one. I went ahead with my idea to subtract the reflected light using black cloth tape and it seems to have solved the problem. I also masked around the lens opening on the outside of the jug. I don't have any proof that it helped, but it seemed like a good idea to help with light that may potentially scatter around the lens opening.

Images 6 and 7 in the album show the new masked areas of the jug. Image 8 is an attempt to shoot the same angle inside the jug as in the first post that showed such a horrible reflection. Image 9 is a quick 10-frame focus stack to test the potential of a final result. The color on all of the new images are as-shot. The jug warms up the white balance just a bit but I'm really liking what I see so far. The diffusion properties of the plastic works really well. As best as I can tell, my biggest potential for problems with wind is the opening I cut for lens access. That'll take more time to figure out entirely.

Me and my jug are going places!


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That's One Gnarly Dude! - go big!

Nikon D810 ~ Nikon 85mm Micro at f/3.5 ~ Reversed Nikon 50mm f/1.8 stopped down to approx f/8 ~ 44 exposure focus stack shot at ISO100 and 1/250-second.


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Definitely one odd creature, +Sixten Imgs !
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The Unnamed Falls of the South Branch Elk Creek, V2.0
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Juvenile Katydid - approximately 1/2-inch wide

A special thanks to this young katydid that was so gracious to hold this pose long enough for me to snap off a few handhelds!


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Dandelion photographed in natural light with a wood desktop in the background. This portion of the dandelion is approximately 1-inch in width.


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I am a North Carolinian, hiker, backpacker, paddler and a passionate photography enthusiast (which is really what my G+ presence is all about). My primary interests in photography are in landscapes, seascapes, historic features, and practically all facets of nature which includes a fair amount of macro photography. The images I share here offer a diverse mix of subjects and are typically only my finest compositions and technically-correct images. Hopefully the posts you find here will leave you with an impression of the detail and beauty that is all around us!

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I would be grateful to receive any feedback that you have, either positive or negative, related to my work. I also enjoy helping others anywhere I can with photography, so if there's anything you think I could help with, please feel free to ask!

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