Monday, July 27, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Picnic

   This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Picnic". 
Interpreting themes into macro/closeups can be tricky
even during a normal week.
Last week was emotionally draining,
making it difficult to be creative, but I persevered
which gave my mind a bit of a break.
Photography can be a great escape.
Where to start? Well, my own back yard 
seemed to fit my schedule best.
I grabbed a bottle of wine from the fridge along with a glass
and got started...
one of our mosaic planters matched my color scheme
and tied it all together.

Though the thunderstorms the night before my shoot did cool us off,
the humidity was hard to tolerate and soon I retreated inside.
I played around with plasticware before giving up for the day.
Though my concerns are still with me,
the weight of them is a little lighter.
Taking time for hobbies is great medicine!
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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, closed for two weeks, Aug.2).
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"If ants are such busy workers,
 how come they find time to go to all the picnics?"
- Marie Dressler

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Happy Click'n!



Monday, July 20, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Pareidolia

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Pareidolia". 
"Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that makes a simple sound or image into something far more noteworthy. The human brain is masterful in organizing visual data into meaningful and significant shapes. It is a way to make sense of random or ambiguous patterns where none really exists. Some common examples are seeing animals in clouds, monsters in cracks on the wall, or gnarly faces on tree trunks."
Such a fancy word for a simple game
we as children loved to play.
I remember summers spent laying on the cool freshly
cut grass, imagining all sorts of things in
the white billowy clouds...

Confused? Here is a gallery that might help.

When looking outdoors for something that would
fit our "pareidolia" theme, I didn't turn up much.
I had more luck
hunting for something to photograph
in my husband's tool chest...
Is Mr. Bill grounded? Oh No....such a worrier.
(electrical plug)
and
woof, I found a pack of dogs.
(Box cutter blades.)
While working in the yard this week I did find
"the Elephant Man"*.
 
(Tumbled rock.)
“Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!”
~ Dr. Seuss
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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" (closed for two weeks).
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"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. 
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life 
through the wrong end of a telescope. 
Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."   ~  Dr. Seuss
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Happy Click'n!
*  History oJoseph Merrick is here.  His story was made into a film that impressed me greatly.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Selfies ~ Mom!

One morning last week I heard Mom in the kitchen
laughing really loud, so I went in to see about it.
Before I knew it, 
she slapped this thing on my head...
good lord, what is it?
Mom Trumped me!
Have you heard about "Trump your cat" (here)?
Well, I got Trumped and needed to share 
the humiliation with a selfie.
Sheesh, its a good thing I'm so good natured or I'd bite someone!
Katie

No cats were harmed, just abused (not really) with love...
Katie got brushed and her favorite treat beforehand
then loved on and tuna for dinner!  She's the best cat ever!
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Join "Sunday Selfies Blog Hop"
at "The Cat on My Head" (here)
a wonderful cat blog dedicated to, you guessed it, cats!
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If we treated everyone we meet with the same
 affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.
~  Martin Delany
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Happy Click'n!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Just Texture

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Just Texture".
"What is texture? Texture is how the surface of an object appears to us. It’s the consistency of the surface of that object….the “feel” of the object. In photography we see texture typically by how light travels across the objects surface. The light makes the texture visible. The light gives the illusion of the surface’s texture." 

(Backlight, textured spheres in front of window, rainy day)
Texture in art is defined as "an element of art, it is used to
 describe either the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched,
 or the visual "feel" of a two-dimensional work."
  
As part of  Flickr's Macro Mondays group
I'm always experimenting and learning,
which keeps photography exciting for me!
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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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Like a challenge?
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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"Tip Guide" Reference ~  Notes for photographing "Texture"~
1)  Look for low light.  Low light that skims across a surface really works well to show off texture by emphasizing the differences over a surface by giving them distinctive light and shadow.

2)  Sidelight is good for texture.  Light coming directly form the side of your subject will provide strong shadows where they are needed to show off texture.

3)  Backlight might be good for texture.  A high backlight that skims across the surface of the subject will bring out texture. If backlight is too low, your subject will only be in shadow and texture will not show up.

4)  Strong direct light from the sun does really well with textures.  Light from clouds or sky does not.

5)  Front light is bad for texture.  Front light, light from behind your camera that is directed at the subject, fills in shadow, eliminating texture.

6)  Harsh sidelight can be a problem.  When light creates large shadows and harsh bright areas that compete with the detail of the textured areas, texture will be obscured.



"I aim for an abstract element of a realistic subject and 
use texture to add interest and suggest depth." - Margaret Roseman

A great article on photographing texture, isn't just for macros but still applies, at Photographylife.com with some wonderful examples here.
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“When people ask me what equipment I use 
 – I tell them my eyes.”  Anonymous
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Happy Click'n!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Frozen Flowers the Devlin Way!

Mo Devlin's frozen flower photos are fascinating and gorgeous. 
They have been compared to watercolor paintings (interview and photos here).  
 Another gallery of Devlin's work is here.

I decided to give it a try myself...
 My first attempt to try this technique didn't go well, 
my flowers floated to the top, but I did take a few photos.
The frost was too irresistible.
How to make frozen flowers yourself can be found here, basically instructions are: To position the flower, add the ice in layers. First, create a thin layer, without the flower, in a small tray. Once that’s frozen, add the flower and splash on a little water to make it stick, then top up with more water. Repeat until the flowers are totally encased.
For my second attempt, 
I again used flowers from my bouquet but this time 
I picked ones that were starting to wilt.
This way I wouldn't waste any more of the fresher flowers.
(I used a light table under the block of ice for the last three photos.)
Devlin's work is breathtaking and worth your time to experiment!
I plan to try this process again.
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I'm sharing one of my photos with these Memes ~
Pink Saturday, hosted by How Sweet the Sound (here).
Today's Flowers hosted by Flowers from Today (here).
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“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important 
and capture the good times, develop from the negatives 
and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” — Unknown
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Happy Click'n!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Photo Contests

Winning Digital Photo Contests, by Jeff Wignall 

I have a copy of  "Winning Digital Photo Contests" by Jeff Wignall, which I found interesting and encouraging.  I wish it would be updated so the suggested contests were current, until then I'm keeping a list on this post for future reference of photo contests, which will be added to one of the pages (Tip Guide) above.

I found this list of important tips to remember when considering entering a photo contest, here

Some websites that list upcoming contests:
1) Amateurs Photography News offers this list, here.
2) Photo Contest Insider offers this list, here.
3) I Shot It, The Best Photo Competition, here. (Most contests
 have small fee, entered one pet contest $3.)
4) Viewbug.com, here. (Currently test driving the free membership,
 entered two free contests.)


If you know of other contest sources please make a comment
 below or comment on your experiences entering contests, thank you!

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Happy Click'n!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Half Way Point

This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Half Way Point".
"You can literally capture the halfway/midway point of an object/subject or you can place your subject just so in the middle of your frame (and break the rule of thirds in the process) or you can get creative and come up with an idea, set up, concept or composition I haven't even started to consider."
Brainstorming these themes keep my mind active.
I like it until my obsession interrupts my sleep.
Here goes...
half way point of a chain length,
half way point in lighting the candles,
 and my favorite, "does he love me or does he not?"
(half way point of removing the flower petals).
I have a few more ideas, but they will need to wait.
Enjoy your week ya'll!
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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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To me, photography is an art of observation. 
It’s about finding something interesting in ordinary places…
 I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and 
everything to do with the way you see them.”  Elliott Erwitt
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Happy Click'n!

Photo Project 2 ~ Architecture

If you are familiar with my blog you might have seen, a couple months ago,
that I'm trying to work through a book titled
The A-Z of Creative Photography~
The Complete Guide to More Than 70 Creative Techniques 
by Lee Frost (from Amazon here).  The first theme was "Abstract Art"
 which I experimented with here. I finally got around, this weekend,
to finish up the second theme which is "Architecture".
The above shot was taken at night during a walk to a concert down town.
Last night we ate dinner outside at Los Cabos
and I played around with my iPhone a bit.
I overexposed the above shot and changed the coloring to sepia. 
 This morning I tempted my husband to breakfast out
and asked him to stop by the fairgrounds so I could 
snap a few photos of the Expo Square Pavilion. 
I love the angles, arches and textures of this old building
designed in PWA Art Deco style.
We grew up seeing the Ice Capades, concerts and rodeos
in this beloved building. 
After breakfast we went down town...
 This is an alley I might NOT walk down.
The building on the right is where I worked
nearly 40 years ago. 
Before I knew it was late morning and the sun was getting too bright
so I took my last few shots before calling it a day.
My following shots are my favorite for today's outing.
I love the clouds reflection in the above shot,
and the colorful kites, below.
Honestly, I'm glad to wrap this project up.
Architectural photography is not my thing which
is sad and odd because if I had it to do again I would
study to become an architect.  Crazy!

 If you would like to share a link to "an architectural photo post you've made", 
please share the link in the comments below! 
I would love to see them.
*****   Photography Notes   *****

10 Tips for Architectural Photography:
1)  Be sensitive to the direction of light. Whereas frontal lighting makes a building look flat and lifeless, side lighting brings out detail and emphasizes texture.

2)  Experiment with lenses.  Telephoto lenses tend to flatten perspective, whereas wide-angle optics exaggerate it.  Use this to your advantage and shoot the same building in different styles to learn each approach.

3)  Shoot at night. Use long exposures and a tripod for the best picture quality, and take a meter reading from the dusky sky to start with; don't be afraid to bracket your exposures.  The half-hour just before and just after sunset are the best times to shoot.

4)  Always consider the details.  Explore these details with a telephoto lens, contrasting them with other parts of the structure if possible.  Go for doorways, window frames, ornaments, roofs, etc. and concentrate on the patterns made by these lines, shapes and textures.

5)  Take your time.  Return if needed.

6)  Look for repeating patterns.

7)  Create impact with your composition.  If there are many lines withing the scene, frame them so they run off into the corners.

8)  Look out for contrast.  Throw a curved element into a picture full of straight lines and angles, break up symmetry or inject a small amount of bright color into an otherwise muted scene.

9)  Color or black and white? Mono chrome works very well when you are trying to emphasize the lines and shapes of a building; color is better when looking at a structure in the context of its surroundings.

10)  Try to find a unique view.  Always have a good look around a location and explore new vantage points with different lenses. Think about cropping to new aspect ratios, or using negative space for new and unusual compositions.

Online links to articles:
16 tips for shooting abstract architecture photography
How to Photograph Architecture (Exterior) (plus gallery)
9 Architectural Photography Tips
A great Abstract Architecture photo gallery can be found here .
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"Be passionate. Also, take loads of photographs and analyze 
and review them so you can reach the stage where you don't have
 to take so many photos to capture that one, magical shot."
 - Morley Von Sternberg.
Happy Click'n!

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