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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week 9: Oil and Water and other worlds

So I saw this tutorial about photographing oil, soap and water.  So with what has become photography time on Sunday afternoon, I got the olive oil out, some dish soap, and my light box and proceeded to create!

This was my absolute favorite shot.  I was the fifteenth shot (of twenty one).  As soon as I put it up on the computer I knew it would be my favorite.  It is one of those shots that in camera it didn't look as awe inspiring to me as it did when I got it big.  It looks like another world, exactly the effect I was looking for!

 The first shot out of the bunch happened to be good as well:

 I really enjoyed this project and I think I will be exploring this type of shot again.  The top shot I used a torch (a small flashlight), and the bottom shot was with my lighted light box.  Both shots were f/8 ISO 100, which insured the best quality of the image.

In another shot entirely, I took this picture back in October.  Last week I was going through my images to clean up my memory card.  I found this picture of a Giant Leopard Moth that I had taken in the parking lot.  I actually was down on the ground to get the shot.  Here it is:

What I didn't notice until last week was in the bottom left.  When I first saw it I could not believe my eyes and looked up on the internet to see if I was right, this moth was laying it's eggs right there.  Here is a blown up shot:

One of those shots that you don't realize just how special it is!  I was pretty excited.  This is one of the reasons I love photography, the unexpected!  From other world shots with oil and water to moth eggs.  Life is good!

Hope everyone had a good week!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week 8: Macro Flower Photography

So my go to lens of late is my 100mm Macro f/2.8 lens.  I especially like the Macro feature which allows me a 1:1 ratio and some pretty good close up shots.  I am pushing my T3i to its absolute limit with the macro shots but the price of perseverance is:

This was a rather tricky flower to photograph (it is a type of dandelion, who knew!?!).  Little did I know I had one photo shoot opportunity for this flower.  Seems if you pull a stray piece out a snowball effect happens and they all come out!  Luckily I was able to get about 10 shots off before I decided to tidy up the flower and it disappeared!

So I decided to stay along the dandelion route.  I wanted a shot that highlighted the yellow on a black background:

These flowers will wilt pretty quickly.  After 2 hours I went into my studio and the same flower above looked like this:

 One of the more unusual pieces that we have in our house is from a little flower shop called Moss.  If you never have been there it is worth a trip to go in and look around. Ginger and I bought a little dried flower and for the life of me I cannot remember what it is called.  But for taking pictures it is pretty cool:

If any of you looking at this know what type of flower this is, please comment to me and let me know!

In other news, beyond the photography, I had been growing my hair out just, well, just because.  Ginger had wanted me to grow it out, so I did.  Well, she had been hinting for a haircut, so yesterday I got a haircut.  An 8 inches of hair haircut!  Yep, nice and short now, and I am pretty happy with it.  Ginger is happy with it and, of course, both our Mom's are absolutely thrilled!

I hope everyone is doing well, God has been guiding Ginger and I and it is exciting to see how God is working!  I am loving the new group I am in, Loved One's of those with a Mental Difficulty/Disorder and Ginger is loving hers for people with a Mental Difficulty/Disorder.  It is a subject that is dear to both of our hearts.  Where will it lead?  God has not revealed that yet, we are just enjoying the journey!  Have a good week Everyone!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Week 7: Valentine's Day: Heart's

So this is a prop I've had in my prop box for a while.  This wire heart seemed perfect to do for this Valentine's day.  So the first photo I used a technique called light painting with a flashlight and a red gel.  

And then I used my light box, a black cut out and the same flashlight with a red gel.  

 70 shots later I got the two shots above.  My favorite, personally, is the first, but that is because I like the subtle colors and the darkness around.  The most creative shot with a little bit of Photoshop magic:

I used a red led to light around this shot.  Needless to say, I played with my camera for about 2 hours to get these shots.
Ginger and I had a fantastic Valentine's weekend.  I, of course, am her mountain man, confirmed by the following chocolates:

And I did good.  Some people thought I might be a little looney getting my wife a Barnes and Nobles gift card and taking her to Jalapeno Tree.  Nope, I had a very happy wife.  FYI, I told her I would take her anywhere she wanted to eat, yep, Jalapeno Tree.  And now she has coffee for another umpteen days!  We really do lead a simple life.  We like it that way, and we have a very happy life!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Time for me to go snuggle up to my cutie!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week 6 Challenge: Conformity and Water Glass Refraction with Black Light

 So I decided to speak a message with my photography.

 To conform to negativity is to be handcuffed to conformity.  (Yes, those are real handcuffs!)

 From the website

Conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group. This change is in response to real (involving the physical presence of others) or imagined (involving the pressure of social norms / expectations) group pressure.
Conformity can also be simply defined as “yielding to group pressures” (Crutchfield, 1955).  Group pressure may take different forms, for example bullying, persuasion, teasing, criticism, etc.  Conformity is also known as majority influence (or group pressure).

As an artist I believe in individuality.  I believe in being able to express yourself.  Too often people want to put other people in a box.  Be this way, or that way.  Cookie cutter.  I've seen it at jobs I've been on, at churches I've gone too, and at social events I've attended.  Each day I get stronger in my individuality and the negative opinions of others who want to pressure me has become less of a factor in my life. I have no problem with constructive criticism, I welcome it.  I do have a problem with criticism that is meant to bully, tear down, or make you look less than you are.  I do have a problem with those who use passive aggressive behavior to "get back" at others.   I will not conform because of these types of criticism.  Neither am I motivated positively by these types of criticism.  You will not ever get my best by using fear, intimidation, bullying or these types of criticism. Do you want my best?  Be genuine.  Be honest.  Don't use double standards.   It is that simple. 

This week I received my new Photoplus magazine and saw a tutorial on this optical wizardry (their words).  So I applied my own spin on it by putting black light bulbs with my light box and fluorescent back drops to create the following pictures.

Ginger loves the top picture, says it looks like a painting.  My baby doll is my number one fan!  God is good!  Enjoy this week's photos!