Abstract 5:0

Abstract 5:0

For FlickrFriday’s “Numbers” and Macro Mondays’ “Member’s Choice: Abstract Macro” challenges on Flickr.

I set the zoom to max on an LCD digital display for granularity and turned it on its side to twist the viewpoint. It looks a lot better and more abstract full size than in the thumbnail, with an interesting mix of red, green, and blue.

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Queen for a Day. Monday.

Queen for a Day.  Monday.

Unlike another striped cat, Tigress loves Mondays. They mean she might dress up and pose for a Macro Mondays challenge, which for this week is “Queen”. What’s the point of being an action figure if you don’t get any action? Today she feels like royalty!

For her raiment, she’s chosen a crown with a stunning blue tiger’s eye stone. Because she’s a tiger, and she’s got a good eye for haute couture, which is this week’s FlickrFriday challenge.

This is another successful experiment in depth perception, and the use of a tablet for lighting and effects. I found a stock photo of London to display on the tablet, which is propped just two inches behind Tigress. The brightness of the tablet darkened her front, so I lit her with a full spectrum lamp. When I brightened the photo in Photoshop, the effect of the lamp made the background look like a bright sunlit day, and the bokeh makes it look like a realistic distance behind her.

Breakdown

Breakdown

Tigress could use a break about now. She may think the situation is ropeless, but all she needs is a little focus.

Depth can be enhanced by having the background lit darker than the foreground.

Photographed for this week’s FlickrFriday and Macro Mondays challenges, “Shot from Above” and “Broken”.

Orb

Frozen World

When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.

For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.

I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.

On the Side of the Road

On the Side of the Road

Working with tiny paper cutouts is unexpectedly difficult. Paper fibers, clumsy fingers, and static keep moving them away from where you want them to be.

All paper is recycled from the photo Synecdoche Orange and Blue. I just happened to have a coyote hole punch that’s perfect for tiny silhouettes. The background is a fabric sample for a recliner. I really like that color.

Photographed for this week’s FlickrFriday and Macro Mondays challenges.