Macro Madness – The Warmup Shots

Much like an athlete or a musician photographers need to warm up to get into a rhythm.  Least thats my excuse for the usual garbage I produce until I am comfy with the camera in my hands.  I went to the US National Arboretum to do some macro shots and these were the first few taken as I walked in.  While the Olympus 60mm Macro is a fantastic lens it has its moments with focus unless you pay attention and remember to switch it to its various focus positions.  So to get used to the little bugger I just took these as throw aways more or less.

Macro Madness

 

Macro Madness

 

Macro Madness

There is a President

Happy Presidents Day here in America meaning its a holiday for most of us not in retail jobs or some other equally soul sucking employment where you are forced to work holidays.  While traditionally we use this holiday for Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson I think its rather unfair that the others don’t get recognized.  Thats the reason for the picture other than me being lazy and processing the backlog I have knowing I bagged this one.  So in the bottom right hand corner there is a statue of President Garfield.  I know nothing about him other than his statue is in the picture and it damn well counts for a Presidents Day post!  For the inquiring minds, shots on the mighty Canon 330HS.  The other camera had macro lenses.  Those images will be displayed when I’m not feeling particularly lazy.  Double bonus points if you figure out where I Photoshopped the crane out of the image.

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Rush Hour Sunset

I admit to being mildly stupid for taking this picture.  Yes, I was behind the wheel and just waved the camera forward and snapped the shot.  My entire composition technique was point in the general direction and hope for the best.  It seemed to work.  The other issue with this picture was with the East Coast getting hammered by snow I had lots of splatter on the front window.  I spent a wee bit of time using the healing brush in Photoshop to get it to this state.  In the end, its usable.  I went with the 16×9 crop to give it a bit of expansive feel.  For the record, nope, I didn’t punch any colors thats straight out the camera.  All hail the mighty Canon 330HS.

Rush Hour Sunset

Court Life

These I believe are water color paintings from Japan.  I admittedly didn’t read the little sign stuff next to the displays.  These were shot on a Kern Paillard 12mm 1.8 lens which is a C mount which means you have a heavy circle of black around your images.  With the crop tool I could remove a lot of it and still keep the details.  So enjoy this little bit of Japanese court life (I think).

Court Life

Court Life

Face of a Bodhisattva

Went to the Freer and Sackler Galleries which are apart of the Smithsonian Institute to shoot their Asian collection.  The lighting was challenging to say the least and I added an additional challenge, all manual focus adapted lenses.  So the newest lens used was like 25 years old with some images being shot on 50+ year old lenses.  So it was a real adventure.  I just did this one first because it jumped out at me.  While not perfect its not bad considering I was using ISO 2000 to keep shutter speeds up and shooting wide open on the various lenses used.  One of the things I noticed is that these lenses are dead sharp in the center but start to fade on the corners when used wide open but with gallery lighting being what it was to stop damaging the various pieces no other choice.  More to follow when I go through them.

Face of a Bodhisattva