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My No.1 Rule

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If you pass something more than once and it continues to catch your eye take a photograph. There is something there and as a photographer the job is to show an audience what it is.


Forked

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This photograph was born of an idea to try something influenced by Busby Berkeley’s amazing cinema choreography (worth a look up on You Tube). Inspiration is a wonderful thing.


Patina of a Medal (Two Photographs)

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The medal here is from 1918 Union of Former Soldiers founded by President Clemenceau. I picked it up years ago in a flea market. Close-up it’s just another abstract.


Spooky Button (Two Photographs)

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As I was on sewing theme I thought about buttons and came across this one. With motorized focus stacking you have a choice to mount the apparatus horizontally or vertically, a change that requires rebuilding the stage (another hour or so in the process). I did this one both ways, with vertical being the winner. Vertical stages are more prone to shake, a passing truck can make the difference. There’s a way to compensate but it adds time and exposures to the stack.


Spool of Thread (Two Photographs)b

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This was an exercise in trying to figure out what caused the colour shift. It has not occurred with any other focus stack. I took this one twice with different exposures, checking the colour style in camera only to have the same issue. Not that I don’t like the result its just nice to know how it got there.


Thimbles (Three Photographs)

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Thimbles turned out to be quite interesting especially with all the wear and tear. These are easily 40 years old and have seen a lot of use. I will be coming back to these for some different angles. By the way each of the close up photos takes over an hour to shoot and sometimes more. Getting the exposure right, setting up the focus stack, building the stage for the thimble to stand on etc. etc. and then the processing of 40-100 shots depending on depth wanted can add another hour.


Thread (Two Photographs)

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Thread is made up of smaller and smaller strands making for interesting compositions, with the caveat that close up there can also be a lot of fuzz.


A Screwdriver (Two Photographs)

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With extreme macros it’s unlikely that your audience will be able to guess the subject, all they see is your composition. So I have made it easy, this is a close-up of the wooden portion of the screwdriver shown below.

 


Nothing Here

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I cannot think of a better way to say that there is nothing here.


Not a meteor

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Actually it’s the head of match. I’d have lit it but was worried about my gear, instead I went for dramatic lighting.


Looking About

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My cure for feeling that I see nothing to shoot is to look at things from a different perspective, one not intended. This is the pedestal of a statue.


More Pop Art

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I am still working at perfecting my 5x life macro skills, and of course flat objects are easier than objects with depth that require focus stacking. These are from some tea packaging and a Kleenex box.


Strange

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Sometime reflections add a surreal edge to a photo. The technique was much used in early cinema noire.


Glass No.7

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A proud door reflects its view.


Glass No.6

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Windows add light to this odd balloon advertising an exhibit on germs.


Glass No.5

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Getting low for the reflection in a lobby creates an interesting and unusual point of view.


Glass No.4

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Juxtaposition is another way I have taken photos including glass, landscape and foreground subjects.


Glass No.3

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Glass for glass sake is another approach to street glass photography.


Glass No.2

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Reflections can get very abstract, almost cubist.


Medley of Wood

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Just a mix of old, new, texture and chiaroscuro. While I like photos that have a more general subject like texture, I recognize they break some of the established “rules” of photography.


Not Graffiti (Two Photographs)

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The designs on most coloured cardboard packaging like Kleenex boxes are dot matrix, up close it’s just dots and ink bleeds. I thought it would make good modern abstract art.

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Bluenose (Two Photograhs)

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This is a detail from a Canadian dime, it shows a portion of the deck of the Bluenose Schooner at 5:1. The dime at 1:1 is below.


Wood (Two Photographs)

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This is a continuation of my work at 5:1 (at that magnification light and sharpness are a challenge). The first photo is of a pencil shaving and the second is of a scratch in a wooden spatula.


Fabrics (Three Photographs)

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Shot at 5x life, fabrics can look quite interesting. The subjects here are a tie, a table cloth and a wool scarf.