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Another Winged Mystery

Seems odd the insect would grow little horns up one side of its' shield but not the other.

Nikon D810 ~ Nikon 85mm Micro at f/20 and focused to 1:2 reproduction ratio ~ ISO100 ~ focused stacked from 120 exposures at 0.6-second


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Macro Photography With Circular Polarizer (CP)

I previously shared an image of this horse-fly where +Tom Cooper wondered what effect a polarizer might have on the color/appearance of the fly's eyes, so I shot this simple test to see what might happen with a CP. I'm not sure what difference a linear polarizer might make, but since I don't own a linear I used what I had. The light is 90-degrees to the CP on all three images.

Image 1 is shot with the CP rotated to full effect. I'm not sure that I see a huge difference in the colors necessarily, but the CP rotated to full effect certainly did what it was supposed to do which is to cut/reduce the glare from reflective surfaces. By reducing the glare with the CP, I think the tones in image 1 are better balanced than with the other images. I like the balance of tones in the eyes with the CP at full effect but I lose some of the highlights and brighter midtones in other areas of the image that I would like to see.

Image 2 is shot with the CP rotated to the least effect and the glare in the eyes is really visible. Frankly, there is more glare and highlights in this image than I would have expected to see.

Image 3 is shot with the CP removed. This image has the brighter midtones that I prefer but clearly has a lot of glare on the eyes.

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Horse-fly

Almost all of my macro images of insects are composed with the subject facing the lens but I tried something a little different here by composing the fly vertically to show a 'top-down' view. While the depth of field was still insanely shallow at this magnification and working distance, I didn't have to cover a lot linear distance with this composition - 3.7-mm to be exact - and the results gave me a very clean focus stack since the stacking software didn't have to resolve lots of out-of-focus edges over a long distance of travel. For the background I used a small piece of red and gold wrapping paper. The vignette occurred naturally from using a reversed-lens aperture controller.

Nikon D810 ~ ISO100 ~ Nikon 85mm f/3.5 Micro at 1:1 and f/16 ~ Reversed Nikon 50mm f/1.8 shot wide open ~ focus-stacked from 37 frames exposed at 0.6-second with focus adjustments at 0.10-mm increments.


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That is scary looking
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Winding Steps of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse


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Not a clue on the ID, but its about 6-mm square

Nikon D810 ~ ISO 100 ~ Nikon 85mm Micro at 1:1 and f/3.8 with reversed Nikon 50mm at approximately f/8 ~ Focus stacked from 73 frames shot at 1/10th-second with focus adjustments at 1/50th-millimeter increments. Continuous lighting from a dual arm Savage macro light diffused with a canopy of tracing paper.


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Glad you like it, +Christian Gonzales !
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I think you've sprung a leak, mate

One of the few treasures I found while paddling the marshes of Raccoon Bay with +Shannon Childress . We only paddled about 6 miles on this day but we couldn't have asked for better weather and it was a real treat to spend the day in the shadow of the historic Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Good times with my lovely wife, a cooler stuffed full of cold brews, an array of amazing wildlife, all capped off with a couple big 'ole plates of (what was likely) the freshest and best-prepared local seafood I've ever had. What's not to love about a life like that?!


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Very glad you like it, +The White Crayon !
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Horse-fly V2.0: Polarized

Yesterday +Tom Cooper and I briefly discussed testing a polarizer on this subject to see what effect it might have on the fly's eyes. I shot a quick test and found the polarizer did exactly what it was designed to do, which is to reduce/eliminate the glare reflected from the fly's reflective eyes. That's a huge benefit of course but what I found just as interesting was how the polarizer helped to balance the tones across the entire subject. When used to its' full effect, typically a circular polarizer will add a hint of contrast to an image - at least when used in landscape photography for example - but with this subject and lighting arrangement I believe the polarizer reduced the contrast, or as I said before, at least to the extent the tones were better balanced than had I not used the polarizer.

In any case, I felt the effect of the polarizer would give me a little more latitude in post processing so I went ahead to create this image. Bottom line: I dig it. This horse-fly is quite a bit larger than subjects I would typically photograph with a reversed-lens setup. With much smaller subjects I can typically eliminate the vignette caused by the lens arrangement but that wasn't possible here. I cropped the width of the image to 4:3 to balance the vignette as best as I could.

Image created using: Nikon D810 ~ ISO 100 ~ Nikon 85mm Micro at 1:1 at f/3.5 ~ Reversed Nikon 50mm at approximately f/8 ~ Focus stacked from 71 frames, each exposed to 0.8-second with focus adjustments at 1/50th-millimeter increments. Continuous lighting from a dual arm Savage macro light diffused with a canopy of tracing paper. The background is a colorful image ripped from the pages of a magazine.


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Thank you, +Anna Ells !
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A Ruined Beauty

Last week I shared an image of a different boat that had been tied to the shore and left to rot - that boat is just around the corner to the right, maybe 50 feet away. I would have loved to have seen this particular boat in its' prime but now the entire platform holds a few inches of mud, silt, and is growing marsh grass quite nicely!


#boat   #ruins   #ruination   #obx   #outerbanks   #northcarolina  
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Rockin' N Sockin' the Ringside with Hoots Beer Co.


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That would be the one, +JP Murphy ! Gotta love the wide angle of those camera phone lenses!
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A foggy morning in the Smokies


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Thank you, +Richard Robinson , and +Mary B. Very glad you like it!
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Winding your way through the Bodie Island Lighthouse

I love photographing the winding stairs inside of lighthouses - there is something about the repetition that is simple yet complex - and the Bodie Island Lighthouse certainly doesn't disappoint. My favorite attribute of this particular image is the mixed color of light from the interior lamps and natural light spilling through the windows.


#lighthouse   #abstract   #BodieIsland   #OBX   #outerbanks   #NC   #northcarolina  
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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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Thank you very much, +mary g Cadigan 
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I may not be a 'professional' photographer, but I'm VERY professional about my photography! :)
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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!

Viewing My G+ Posts In Collections: Google is incredibly inconsistent with how posts/photographs are displayed under the 'Photos' tab - many images/posts are simply missing from that view. I recommend using my 'Collections' tab which sorts by subject matter and preserves all posts in chronological order. 

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!

Thank you for your visit and best regards to you all,

Kevin Childress

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