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The Return of Frankenstein ...

Yesterday I started playing around with a couple ideas for new light diffusers for my macro photography. And having not used my flashes in a long time with my macro images (for preference with using continuous light), I also took this opportunity to reconfigure some of my grip and supports for my three flashes to see how well the new diffusers really work. So where The Return of Frankenstein is concerned, "Frankenstein" would be the large conglomeration of stuff that I use to make my "flash system" work. I could prolly spend some big dollars on streamlining the grip/support and make it look nicer, but this load of DIY stuff works well enough!

My two new DIY light diffusers: 1) A enclosed canopy of tracing paper that is supported by a simple framework made of drinking straws. And 2) My 'vitamin D diffusion chamber' made from a milk jug. Both materials share a similar medium opacity (or is that translucent?) property. Both diffusers are supported by the same piece of DIY grip. And both diffusers will interact with the subject in the same way: Once I have my subject set by a straight pin or alligator clip, and have the subject composed, I just slide the canopy or jug forward encapsulating the subject and covering the end of the lens by a couple of inches and then position whatever flash arrangement I choose.

Wish me luck! :)



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Yet-to-be-identified Itty-Bitty Beetle, or at least I think its a beetle. The 'lil guy caught my eye last week as it was scurrying across my red brick patio in direct sunlight which seem to make the 'beetle's' vibrant green color look like a little dot of neon against the red brick. I've looked at the 'beetle' closely under a 10X loupe using the same light that I used for the focus stack, and I think I've done a pretty good job presenting the color and saturation as it appears to my eye. 

The image is a 151-frames shot with my D810. The main lens was my 85mm Micro set to f/4 coupled with my 50mm f/1.8 reversed and stopped down to approximately f/8, ISO100, and each exposure at 1/50-second. Focus stack was created back-to-front with focus adjusted at 0.25mm increments between each frame. The order of the focus stack allowed me to preserve the original edges of the composite - there is no crop here. It took forever to compose but I was intent to have a full-size image with this one!  Magnification is 2.3x and with the DX crop factor from the 85mm Micro, I think the angle of view here is 3.45x.


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Thank you, +Ken Fowkes and +Radek Ulrich . Nice to hear from you both - I hope all is well!
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Crane Fly

And that's one funky lookin' creature!



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O OK just making sure
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On To The Next Stop ...

Unless I have overlooked something really obvious (or get really desperate), this will likely be my last image shared from last week's short trip to the Big Apple. Just a quick snap here showing a little motion of people and a lot of motion of the passing train!


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Thank you, +Nicanora Hernandez 
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The Subway Rider

I've heard many photographers discuss how much effort they put into conveying a sense of emotion through their images. And while I believe that is a logical goal for photographers who primarily work with people, as a self-described 'nature and landscape photographer' I've never seen conveying a sense of emotion as a high priority in most of the work I do; I primarily just wish to create interesting images and leave the interpretation to the viewer. 

But every once in a great while I'll capture an image that reaches deep inside of me and touches on a sense of emotion that really speaks out. This is one such image and comes as no surprise to be of people and not a landscape, barn, flower, or butterfly. This image of a subway passenger waiting on the next train says several things to me but a sense of loneliness and despair are at the top of the list. I almost want to grab the guy and say, "Whatever it is man, it can't be that bad. Just don't jump in front of the train!".  

I'm pretty sure this is my favorite image from the handful of "interesting" images I captured during my recent visit to NYC.


#loneliness   #despair   #streetphotography   #subway   #NYC   #nycphotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography  
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+Tom Cooper ,  Thank you very much for the compliment - that really is saying a LOT !  Your review of this image is much appreciated!!  
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St. Patrick's Cathedral

This image of St. Patrick's Cathedral is my reward for being drug up and down 5th Avenue ... and Madison Avenue ... and Park Avenue ... and Lexington Avenue ... and several other avenues (think 'women's shopping'), in 39-degree F, rainy, windy weather. But I pushed on knowing this gorgeous building was waiting for me along the route. Of course the sidewalks along 5th Avenue were jammed with pedestrians which made it practically impossible to photograph the place without people in the scene. I finally gave up on shooting a lower angle but it turns out that I'm quite happy with this sharp, upward view. 

This image is blended from 9 handheld exposures at +/- 1.0 EV ranging from 1/2000-second to 1/8-second. The de-ghosting algorithm did a nice job on the moving flags but apparently couldn't determine there was only one bird in the sky. :)

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View south along 7th Avenue and the south end of Times Square

Its rare that I capture a photograph through a window that I really like, but I really like this one captured last week from our hotel room. And I got pretty lucky with the light on this one considering it had been gloomy and overcast for most of the day - there's something about the light that seems to give it a sparkly feel. And talk about luck: just as I had finished aligning the lens, who appears on the big screen but Lady Liberty herself! Her image was only on the screen for a few seconds and was gone. CLICK!! At least I can say I got to see her. :)


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Thank you very much, +Sixten Imgs !  It was definitely a neat view and like you, I think there is some very neat detail in this image!
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This is what happens when a mad scientist goes to work!
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Or just pee?
I not know me colors! :)
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Need Engineering / Design Help With My Macro Table

At the heart of my macro photography is my "macro table" - a piece of equipment originally designed for photographing 35mm film slides. I adapted this table to my macro setup because of the precise control it offers for X and Y axis adjustments (see the two adjusting screws on the rear and right side of the table). Although the axis adjustments are manual, the adjustments are incredibly precise in increments as small as 1/50 millimeter, or maybe even 1/100 millimeter if I chose to split the lines on the adjustment indicator. For my focus stacking, once I level the lens and get my composition and lighting set, I use the adjusting screw for the Y axis to slide the entire camera/lens and never touch the focus rings on the lenses. 

Here's my problem and what I need help with:  I have no way to make vertical adjustments with the table. You'll see three red knobs on the table surface. I use those to help level the camera/lens but that's where their functionality ends. I only have one way to adjust the camera/lens vertically and that would be to add or remove wooden blocks from beneath the table. But clearly that can only be done before shooting begins - once I start shooting I can't pick up the macro table to adjust the height. 

In the attached images you will see another piece of equipment I made for staging certain subjects. I use the T nuts on the threaded rods to raise/lower the top surface but again, I can only do that once before I begin shooting. 

I have considered using a similar 4-rod design to place beneath the table but there's no way I could manually adjust all four individual corners and keep the table level. If I made something using threaded rod or similar material, I would need to tie all four "adjusters" together so they all rotate together at the same rate. Maybe some sort of a geared wheel on each threaded rod, all connected with a small chain or belt and an drive mechanism to turn the chain or belt (thinking something that could be driven with a 1/4" ratchet). Actually, now that I've explained that concept, I've got a couple ideas of how that might work.

I am open to any ideas or observations you have of how I might solve this problem.  Thanks in advance for trying to help!
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Roger all that, +JP Murphy .  I'll definitely be replacing the dial/handle with something that can be marked with graduated lines!
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Even in the city one can not see the forest for the trees


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A bumpy ride on the 1-2-3


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Okay, you have my attention ...

Home of Heartland Brewery and their Not Tonight Honey Porter, which was definitely the best porter I had during my visit to the city!


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Sure was +Tom Cooper .  Kind of a universal, muted, mustard yellow everywhere.
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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!

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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!

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

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