Tiny Grasshopper on Cactus Flower (click for more)
| Colorful Sunset |
Fuji Sensia 100 slide film, Olympus OM-2n camara with manual exposure, lens was 90 mm Vivitar Macro.
| Tree at Sunset |
Fuji Sensia 100 slide film, Olympus OM-2n, manual exposure, 24mm
Above is a wide-angle shot of the observing field at Fort McKavett. I was trying to capture the feel of all the yellow flowers... A few telescopes have been set up...
|This I took at Ft. McKavett as the last rays of sunshine caught it. It appears to be a|
Stemless Evening Primrose! (87k, 800x671 pixels)
|Here's a close-up of the flowers/grass covering the field from another photo: |
3-25-flow-crop7.jpg I believe the white flowers are Sandwort, and the yellow are Jones Selenia.
|More Wildflowers: The Austin Pix|
On the way over to Austin for an interview I stopped and shot some wildflower pictures. These pictures are also shown on my Wildflower Showcase.
|This one features a grasshopper: |
|Here's a close-up of a Bluebonnet:||The red wildflowers (Indian Paintbrush or Texas Paintbrush) were very nice:|
|Details for "Austin Pix":|
Fuji Sensia 100 speed slide film, Vivitar 90mm macro lens on my Olympus OM-2n camera, manual exposures. Conditions were great, no direct sunlight (which would cause too much contrast and wipe out detail...). There were high, thin clouds that passed a lot of light.
Pictures taken on a field at Ft. McKavett that, by several accounts, had been totally brown less than 7 days prior. Several people told me that this was the greenest the field had been in 4+ years of coming there. For the photo geeks, the Primrose shot was a 1 second exposure using a cable release, Olympus OM-2n camera on manual, Vivitar 90 macro, Kodak Royal Gold 100 print film. The f-stop was around 11 or 16 for max depth of field with available light. I set it up & focused while laying on my stomach, using my tiny "Ultrapod II" tripod to balance the very heavy lens. The "Ultrapod II" tripod is a little tiny thing made of plastic that cost $20 and only weighs a few ounces.
I traveled to Ft.McKavett to participate in an astronomy outing in March 2001. This was sponsored by the JSCAC (Johnson Space Center Astronomy Club). While the astronomy suffered from a bit of cloudiness, I took a few sunset pix that turned out particularly well.
Flower Photography Techniques:
Most cheap "department store" tripods can't get down 6 inches off the ground, either. I had two tripods, neither of which was any good for this type of shooting. My explanation to my wife: Had to get a new tripod to be able to do this stuff, in addition to a macro (close-up) lens ;-) I ended up with both an Ultrapod II and a Bogen 3401 tripod (does both vertical & horizontal center column) with a 3275 junior geared head. Both setups have proven themselves to be a great asset to flower/macro work.
I scanned these slides/negs with my old Minolta Dimage Scan Dual scanner & processed in photoshop. This scanner has been superseded with a Nikon Coolscan IV ED.
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