Sunday, June 28, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Seeing Double

 This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Seeing Double".
I'm a little jealous of the cameras that have
 "in camera" double, triple etc. exposure settings.
"Magic Lantern" is a free firmware that
supposedly has the ability to do this but I'm a
little afraid to download it to my camera (by memory card). 
If  you are familiar with ML or use it, 
please leave a comment with your input/advice.
I captured the above photo by shooting through a
piece of clear glass with texture, which
gave my shot a blurry effect.
Seeing double after one to many barley pops!
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Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
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I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
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The picture that you took with your camera
 is the imagination you want to create with reality.” 
 — Scott Lorenzo
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Happy Click'n!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Is it natural or learned?

I've been watching our oldest grandson, Ledger, 
the last six months and he has been exhibiting mannerisms that of 
the grown men I see.
Leaning on the post, weight shifted to one leg,
and wrists crossed....what's up with this?
I think Ledger has been watching his Uncle Josh
and has a little hero worship going on.
Are baseball gloves really irresistible?
I've seen hand soap with leather glove scents,
I don't get it. 
I asked Ledger about it, but he's not 
letting me in on these male mysteries.
I think he has already been sworn to secret club!
Thank goodness,
there is still some little boy in Ledger.
Every time he ran past me he made silly faces for me.
We had a great time enjoying our
family during Father's Day weekend!
I hope you all made great memories too...
Happy Click'n!



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Brush

This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Brush".
First to come to mind were my new paint brushes and lots of color.
I like the over exposed photo below, but not enough to stop.
I crisscrossed and arranged these brushes every-which-way, 
but nothing really popped for me.
 Not ready to give up, I picked another brush, a white one, 
and picked a grey background using natural window lighting. 
This suits me better!
Once again, I look forward to seeing
everyone's macros...
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Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
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I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
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"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
 and paints his own nature into his pictures." ~  Henry Ward Beecher
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Happy Click'n!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Flower Power

What's in bloom at our house?
Begonias
Hibiscus
and Blue Balloons just to name a few.
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Reflections

This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Reflections".
If I didn't have mirrors and shiny things around the house,
I might not have worked in a photo shoot this busy week of mine.
These objects are glass pebbles used in flower vases
when making flower arrangements.
The iridescent ones add to the bokeh.
Our Blue Balloon blossoms are thriving,
and I added one to the mix.
In the following shot you can see the swirling reflections from
the silver etched tray I used as a backdrop in the mirror.
Once again, I look forward to seeing
everyone's macros!
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Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
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Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
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I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
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“When do I see a photograph, when a reflection?” 
― Philip K. DickA Scanner Darkly
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Happy Click'n!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Macro Monday ~ Mostly White


This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Mostly White" ~
"This doesn't mean you have to shoot in or convert to B&W,
though B&W photos are acceptable.
I would much prefer seeing your "mostly White" images in COLOR." 

J Towbin also gave us a link explaining white balance, here.
Shells on white paper.
(f2.8 -  1/160  -  ISO 100
Indoors natural light with flash)

This was a tricky challenge for me. The rest of this post is how 
I experimented to get the end result (above).
The following was taken in morning shade,
with my white balance set on auto.
This shot is too blue, it looks like a blue film is over the photo.
(f5 -  1/320  -  ISO 100)
The next one was taken indoors under artificial light (lamp),
again the white balance set on auto.
This time my shot was more golden hued.
(f5 -  1/500 - ISO 100  )
I took a break and did some research...
That afternoon I set my subject and camera in the
shade using natural light and used white balance set on cloudy (? oops).
(f2.8 -  1/200  - ISO 250)
Finally I corrected the white balance to shade and added a flash
to capture my last photo.
(f2.8   -  1/160  -  ISO 100)
I hope my steps in learning to shoot white on white
makes it easier for anyone wanting to try this technique.

(My subject was a slide rule which belonged to my Dad.
Growing up I was always fascinated by it's calculating magic.
Dad's initials are etched on both ends. He was an Electrical Engineer.)
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The following are starting points for your camera settings:
Aperture Setting-  1/160 to 1/200

ISO -  Use the lowest setting (100) to avoid noise/graininess

Shutter Speed -  Start by using optimal aperture for your lens, usually F8 or F11. The higher the F number the more of your subject will be in focus.

Shooting mode set to self timer to minimize camera shake and use a tripod, if possible.

Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and
 my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Great articles about this technique are
  here (Digital Photo Secrets) and here (Pixelz).
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Also shared with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
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"White... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing,
 as fierce as red, as definite as black... God paints in many colours; 
but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, 
as when He paints in white."   Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sweet Shot Tuesday ~ Summer HS Ball Begins!

Intensity and concentration, 
that's what it takes in baseball. And passion for the game!
My nephew, Peyton's definitely has it all. His first game on his
High School baseball team.
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Sweet Shot Tuesday (here),
where to show that "Sweet Shot" you took this week.
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“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely,
 every hundredth of a second.” — Marc Riboud
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Happy Click'n!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sunday Selfies ~ Katie on the mend!

It's been a ruff couple weeks, but I pulled myself together for these selfies.
Bogey has been very concerned about me and I must admit so was I.
I thought I was just having stomach issues but 
turns out I also have a pelvic fracture to boot.
Let's squish the rumor, I really didn't get the "boot"!
Mom would never do that to me
...though Bogey might be in jeopardy of getting it...
if he poops on the carpet again...Boys!
I don't remember what I could have done to
 hurt myself though I'm feeling much better now. 
However, I DO miss my crunch berries (kibble).
Maybe Mom will make me some more chicken puree today...
My Doctor is the best! And Mom is pretty great too!
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It's only $3 to enter a photo competition @
"I SHOT IT: Cat Photo Competition 3 2015 (here)
and you could win some cash (how much depends on number of entries)
and a Leica C worth $700.
You never know...
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Join "Sunday Selfies Blog Hop" hosted by The Cat on My Head, here!
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"No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and 
no amount of masking tape can ever totally 
remove his fur from your couch."   Leo Dworken
Happy Click'n!

Macro Love ~ Stripes

This week Flickr's themed Macro Mondays is "Stripes",
"Stripes: A repetitive pattern. It could be a pattern of texture….
colour…lines….straight lines….wide lines…wavy…narrow… ". 
Like a challenge?
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Also shared with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
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“The camera is an instrument that teaches people 
how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange
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Happy Click'n!

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