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Feeling Trapped (in my house)

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Glass decorative pieces.

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Raccoon Skull

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Small machine screws

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Rock that has been sliced.

Since December 26th, I have been feeling a bit trapped in the house. I have cleared the drive way a number of times only to have more snow dump on it. The upside is that I have been able to work on a number of projects from the home studio. Primarily, I have been working on the Hidden Worlds Project. This is an exploration in extreme Macro Photography.  One of the rules I have set up for this project is that I am not aloud to photograph Bugs or flowers.

So far, I have not had too much of a difficult time finding subject matter to photograph, the hard part is focusing and lighting.

Focus: This is extremely difficult with the Canon MP-E 65 mm macro lens. Why? Well there is no focus ring on this lens; you are focusing entirely by changing the distance from the lens to the subject. This does not seem so difficult until you realize that a single milometer can throw you out of focus; Slight body movements can destroy the shot (as well as any floor shake when using a tripod).

Lighting: I am currently using LED lighting for my set-ups; This has proven to be problematic. The current lights do not have enough output for me to shoot at ISO 200, F16, 1/60th of a second. The settings that I am having to settle for at the moment are ISO 5000 (Yes, Five Thousand), f/16, 1/30th a second. Have tried LED Work Lights as well as two Fotodiox PRO 312AS LED lights.

At 5000 ISO, I am working with a fair deal of grain/noise in the image. The current options are to fight the grain or to work with it. In the posted examples I have chosen to work with the grain,  and in some cases I have actually amplified the grain in post production.

I hope that everyone had a good holiday season and that your new year is starting off great! Take care everyone.

 

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Latest Photo From Hidden Worlds

H22A2609-EditThe Hidden Worlds project is coming along slowly but surely. This afternoon, I took one of my bismuth crystals into the studio and took a few photos.

Earlier in the year, I posted a project for funding to www.indiegogo.com. Unfortunately, I did not find any one to buy into the project. This means that I am working at my own pace to complete the project in which I hope to self publish. Hidden Worlds is all about the limitations of our vision and our inability to see what is right in front of us. In short, it is a lot like not being able to the trees through the forest. This project is an attempt to take the viewer beyond the limits of our visions and into these ‘Hidden Worlds.’ The short description is that this is all about extreme macro photography.

I have heard time and time again that the Canon MPE-60, designed for macro photography,  is a difficult lens to master; I could not agree more. While this is a fantastic lens, it is a beast to work with. There is no focus ring on the lens; You focus by distance. This means that hand held shots are extremely difficult and long exposures are extremely hard to perform in a house that is over 100 years old and lacks stable floors. That being said, I may have to move this operation into the [I.F.] Studio where I have concrete floors. The attached photo was taken using a monopod to eliminate some movement while obtaining some control of focus.

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Hidden Worlds – Project

Hidden Worlds

Hidden Worlds – Project

On Sunday August 19, 2012, I kicked of a campaign to fund a project I have been wanting to do. Hidden Worlds is all about the limitations of our vision and our inability to see what is right in front of us. In short, it is a lot like not being able to the trees through the forest. This project is an attempt to take the viewer beyond the limits of our visions and into these ‘Hidden Worlds.’

Clicking on the going to this link (http://igg.me/p/207341?a=524109), you will take you directly to the project and will give more detail on how to help fund this project. In funding this project, you will have the opportunity to obtain prints from the project in various formats. I know that not everyone has the money to help, but you can assist in making this project come to pass by simply sharing and spreading the word.

 

 

 

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