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.

Demon Minion

Demon Minion

A despicable red pull-tab from a can of Cheerwine cherry soda.  This was one of the most difficult things I’ve tried to photograph.  The camera just didn’t want to focus on it in any light or background.  I put it against a black background to make it look darker and redder and despicabler.

Photographed for this week’s Macro Mondays challenge, “Pareidolia” (seeing faces and other familiar shapes in unrelated things).

So close, and yet so far…

So close, and yet so far...

This photo is graded on a curve.

I rested the edge of the lens barrel on the bark where I could get a contrasted view of the tree and the woods.  The result was a graduated bokeh effect on the curve of the tree and a distance enhancement on the background woods, which can still be identified, especially in the thumbnail.

I think I also somehow managed to get a landscape into a macro photo.

Just inside the woods near Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.