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the ants come marching…

Todays post was going to be another ‘something new’ post.  About nature again. About flowers again.  Yesterday I noticed another type of unfamiliar flower bud.  This morning the sun was just right, so I put on my micro lens and went to the backyard.  I didn’t even notice the ants until I was looking through the lens.  Bonus!

I do have one issue (ok, let’s say another) with macro photography, my eyesight.  Does anyone else have this issue.  I think the subject is in focus, and guess what- it’s not. I have started wearing my readers when I take a macro shot, not very convenient, but it works.  Ok, since I’m being honest, another issue is that I can’t seem to stay still.  Is it time to pull out the tripod for every shot I take? Ugh.  Do most of you use a tripod for Macros?  Any helpful tips?

The first picture, I just liked ;)  The second is, well… the ant.

 

 

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Always learning something new.

 

 

Although I have been holding a camera for 28 years (yikes, has it been that long) there are many many many things I am still learning.  I started taking pictures with my Dad’s old 35mm Konica camera on occasion,  then I attended a dark room class in college with the intention of setting up my own darkroom (always ‘good intentions’), after that I continued to shoot with film (purchased a 35mm Canon) until a bought a small digital point and shoot.  Finally, about 6 years ago I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon.  Since then I have moved on to a Nikon D300 (which by the way, I love).   Ok, now on to the point of this post, learning something new.

The basics: shooting in manual, understanding my camera, composition… -check.

Equipment: camera, lenses (always more on my list, yours too I imagine), tripod -check.

Software: PS4 (have it, can use some of it) -check

The elements: foggy mornings, really foggy mornings, dealing with the fog -no check here.

So, you can see the element are the actually the topic here.

Today I woke earlier than usual to head down to the beach.  I have been wanting to take some very slow shutter speed photos to get that washed out feeling of the surf, well, that did not happen as planned, but I did get some pictures that I like. What I learned today?  Fog=Water, which in turn means wet lenses.  I was shooting away, and then for some reason I looked at my lens. There was a layer of water on it!  I did not plan for this, I did not take my lens safe rag with me.  I typically don’t take everything everywhere (camera cases can only hold so much until they are too heavy to be comfortable carrying).  I used my cotton/polyester sweatshirt to dry my lens with.   I know, not the best ‘cloth’ to use, but it was either give that a try or head home.

In summary, I will begin to plan for the elements when I pack my gear from now on.  (I did plan for sand, I take cellophane and wrap each tripod foot, then over that I place a layer of aluminum foil to keep the cellophane in place, this protects the tripod from the sand)