This is sand. Sea water had eased from a tidal pool back into the vast ocean. The crosshatch silica is all that remains of that flow. Sand grains all over the World are different in size, shape and color. Patterns found in some places cannot be recreated any where else in the World because of these characteristics. Large black volcanic grains of Hawaii are immensely different that the soft white powder sands of Pensacola Beach, FL. This is coastal Carolina sands from a favorite: Sullivan's Island.
It rained all day today, dismal. The complete overcast gray skies leaked on everything. We are soaked. On my patio I noticed this fine reflection atop the small round glass top table. You know the kind with smooth top and a mottle bottom on the glass, giving it that "shower door" look. The lens was tricked just enough by that... I was able to focus on the tree that was reflecting on the water's surface. But the DOF captured some of the texture hidden under the water. This image is fluid... in layers. The depth of the image is unique because all of it is literally in 1/3in. of water and glass.
This was an assignment of sorts I gave to myself. You've learned I like to do that. I picked up a new old sigma lens that has macro 1:2 at 80mm function. So what can I do with that? While I was at the beach last weekend I worked it out a bit. As you can see the DOF is very shallow. There is a distinct focus range that falls off quickly. Almost too quickly in some cases. The detail is nice and the optics do a decent job. The limit to f5.6 will really limit low light capture considerably for close-ups. The AF is slower than I'd prefer, but it's fine for still life work. Anyway... knowing about the focus line can be used to advantages in the future for dialing in images. This lens is not designed as a single purpose macro. It is a 28-80 short zoom walk around lens and overall performance is adequate. Outside of that tech talk...
As I was driving through Dillon County a few days ago I came across several cotton fields that had not been harvested yet. The combines were chewing elsewhere on soybean crops. This pasture of snowballs was huge and provided for some memories. This is a mixed memory of sorts... I may be taking two memories and blending them together. Somewhere is my closets I have a shoe box of raw cotton balls. My recollection is that they were collected during some sort of field trip in the 2nd or 3rd grade while I schooled in SC. Cotton was vital to agriculture and economy all throughout South Carolina's history.
The other memory I have is my grandfather, Papa, stopping on the side of the road. He walked my brother and me into the edge of the field and told us a bit about cotton. We picked a few raw pods of white fluff. It's that memory that really prompted me to stop for these photographs. I must have been six or seven at the time. He surely smiled down at me on Sunday afternoon as I stood there and remembered with me.
this is for reference clarification. some people have been asking about "jacklinks" used in my last post. hopefully this video series will clarify things for you and my post may then make sense. of course... you can always just look at the pretty photos. ;)
Last night as the sun was setting I captured the short waves in long rolls into shore. I was mostly impressed that I caught a Sasquatch family out on the jetty. It's a good thing I didn't have any JackLinks... or I might have done something KRAZY YO!
This is my near daily photography web log. I got interested in photography in high school and have been taking shots ever since. I am still developing techniques and honing my eye. I tend to gravitate toward macro shots, small subjects and low perspective. Have fun digging through the blog and looking at old posts. You will see that I have worked through different processing, framing and display techniques along the way. It's all in an effort to learn something new. All of these photos were taken with minimal equipment and consumer level cameras. You can do any of this with your camera too. Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment or ask a question. Let's learn this stuff together.
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