Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bugging Out!

As I have explained, I have a strong affection for the macro lens and the close up view of the World around us. I actually find myself walking down a trail looking at undergrowth and groundcover as if I were an ant. What would the ant find scurrying around on the fallen foilage? Sometimes it's the smallest flower you've ever seen. It may be a decaying log that has a unique grain pattern that will translate well into B&W. There could be a brilliant beetle or insect posing so pretty for you. Ninety-Nine percent of them don't bite and 87% could care less that you are even there (I did a statistical survey). So get in close and see what is what.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chasing Lumens

Recently I went for a week of wilderness camping on Lake Jocassee. We paddled out and around the lake logging some 55 miles in my canoe. It was an adventure for sure. Here we see the evening view from the lakeside campsite. I set up the tripod and captured the scene as ambient light gave way to encroaching darkness. This is no filters and little manipulation other than some contrast adjustments. Experimenting with your camera capabilities before these moments appear is encouraged... you do want to be ready when the time is right.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I've heard of the 'Coneflower' being used for some herbal medicine applications before. Sometimes Echinacea can provide relief and comfort just by looking at it.