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Just Hangin' Around ...

31 of 50 new (actually, they're quite old) lures I've recently gathered from a couple old tackle boxes.  I recently shared an image with a handful of these lures organized with a number of other pieces of equipment in a tackle box, and I suppose I have at least one macro shot coming using some of the stuff before I build myself a new display case to put it all into. 


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That's a good idea but way too big. I really don't have anywhere to hang the case I have in mind. I'll have to cap it at approximately 24" square. 
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French-made (?) 16-gauge side-by-side : Please re-share this with anyone you think can help ...

Looking for a little help identifying the origins and approximate age of this shotgun. My search-engine-kung fu is pretty good but I'm coming up empty on this one. The closest I have come is to match this gun to other photos that look identical and are dating to the late 1800's. The only maker's mark on this piece is on the bottom of the receiver, in front of the trigger guard and reads, "Desvaux Arm Illiers" with a raised "R" at the end of the word "Arm". I'm not sure if that denotes "armory" or what else it could mean. The barrels are 26 3/4" and the stock is 15".  But I can find no reference to a gun maker, past or present, named Desvaux. I do find reference to a community in France called Illiers-Combray. The name "Cabaret Gaston" (also presumably French?) is carved, rather tastefully, into the left side of the stock. I assume this was a previous owner. 
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You might try googling "Antique arms" (include the quotes) with the full name of your state.
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Gone Fishing ...

Several years ago I gathered up three very old tackle boxes that belonged to both of my grandfathers with the idea that I would incorporate some of the tackle into my own fishing gear. Ultimately I decided against using the stuff in the field to preserve the quality of what I had. I recently spent a little time going through all the gear and cleaning off some of the old dirt and grime to prepare it for a new beginning and to be forever preserved in a still life photograph. What you see here is approximately 1/3 of the contents of all three tackle boxes and there is some really great content in here!  My final image was amazingly sharp, so much so that some of the pieces really looked quite new despite it all being quite old. I applied a bit of texture layering and edge blurring to the image to dial it back a bit and to hopefully give it an older feel. 


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These are a few (more) of my favorite things ... and was quite possibly the most delicious photograph I have ever created!  YUMMY, that was good! :)

Base Image: 9 exposures at +/- 1.0EV ranging from 0.8-sec to 200-sec
"Overlay" Image: 44 exposures spot-lit from multiple angles and hand-brushed into base HDR image


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I really appreciate that, +Kenneth Kruse .  Next to self portraits, arranging still life composition is the most challenging photography for me. But I feel like I've had a breakthrough recently so I'm riding that tide while I can!
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Thank you, +Jim bird 
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The Big Red Barn on Hickory Grove Road is a place I discovered during the summer of 2015. The first time I saw this scene I knew right away that I would revisit the place whenever snow had arrived. I got that opportunity recently and although the pasture didn't have that perfect blanket of uninterrupted snow I had hoped for, the red barn stood out well enough that I went ahead to capture the scene. At least I was fortunate enough not to have a completely blown-out sky!


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Yeah, +Tom Cooper , that does make a good point.  And I think its that gentle roll in the landscape that really attracts me to this particular barn.
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'66 Ford F100 passes through another lonely winter.


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Need help with this: I am re-sharing this post from the weekend hoping new folks will pick it up in the new week. 
 
French-made (?) 16-gauge side-by-side : Please re-share this with anyone you think can help ...

Looking for a little help identifying the origins and approximate age of this shotgun. My search-engine-kung fu is pretty good but I'm coming up empty on this one. The closest I have come is to match this gun to other photos that look identical and are dating to the late 1800's. The only maker's mark on this piece is on the bottom of the receiver, in front of the trigger guard and reads, "Desvaux Arm Illiers" with a raised "R" at the end of the word "Arm". I'm not sure if that denotes "armory" or what else it could mean. The barrels are 26 3/4" and the stock is 15".  But I can find no reference to a gun maker, past or present, named Desvaux. I do find reference to a community in France called Illiers-Combray. The name "Cabaret Gaston" (also presumably French?) is carved, rather tastefully, into the left side of the stock. I assume this was a previous owner. 
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As seen through a 1955 Graphlex 4 x 5 camera : Test Image

The idea for creating this photograph is credited to +JP Murphy .  In the back of a Graphlex 4 x 5 camera is a piece of ground glass that is used for critical focusing. The glass itself also measures 4" x 5" and is surrounded on all four sides by a collapsible metal hood that shields the glass from glare (you can see light reflecting on the left and right sides of the hood here). JP recently mentioned that he thought it would be neat to focus the Graphlex on a subject and then photograph the image that was projected onto the Graphlex's ground glass, so I tested the idea to see what would come from it.  I had these old fishing lures laying out for a different project so I just used them as my test subject. The fishing lure in focus was almost exactly 1-foot away from the Graphlex's lens, which was about as close as I could focus it with the camera's bellow extended to 1:1 reproduction ratio. I positioned the Graphlex close and at an approximate 30-degree angle to see how shallow the depth of field would be with the Graphlex lens wide open (which was f/4.7). It turns out that DoF is very shallow!!  I shot two additional test images at f/8 and f/16 and both had an amazing affect upon the DoF, but I thought this was the neatest image of the three. You can see imperfections in the ground glass and if you look closely you can see the swirls in the glass from the grinding process. In a way it appears that a digital filter was applied to this image to give it an old and rough feel, but this image is as-shot. I processed the RAW as natural as I could to show exactly how the image appeared on the Graphlex's ground glass. The only edit to my photograph was that I flipped it vertically to correct the image from being 'upside down' as projected from the Graphlex lens. 

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I tried something very much like this once, but it didn't work out nearly so well.
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All mirrors and no smoke

This photo was inspired by the current Mirrors theme running in the 2016 Weekly Photo Project community. I had been looking for an opportunity to photograph this (Ca. 1975) Nikkormat FT2 that was given to me by +JP Murphy , and while this isn't exactly what I had in mind for photographing the camera, it immediately came to mind when I conceived this image.  Since the Mirrors theme implies plural mirrors, I wanted to use a minimum of two mirrors for the project, and that approach worked well to keep my reflection from appearing in the mirror you see here. What you're looking at is actually a double reflection from two opposing mirrors. My camera was placed above the mirror that you see and was pointed directly toward your viewing position which is the opposing mirror that was facing the back of the camera. 


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I wondered if it had post-processing help with the selective color, but not surprised at all that it is natural. The leather straps and mirror frame match quite nicely.
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'41 Dodge Luxury Liner sits frozen in time in Mount Holly, North Carolina.

My apologies if this one has crossed your stream a couple times. I had a problem getting this image linked to the correct collection and ended up deleting and re-posting. 


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Wonderful work! Thanks. 
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50's-era Western Flyer Bicycle that seemed to be in relatively good condition. I've had the notion to purchase one of these several times for the sake of having a nice restoration project to work on. But then I consider the crazy amount of money I'd likely dump into the thing and that's enough to make me forget the idea. I think I'll just stick to photographing them!


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+JP Murphy , you should've kept it along with all the other stuff!
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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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