Outside on the porch this morning, I spied a visitor.  This gal was brightly colored and exquisite in details.  Although I had been sitting at my desk drinking coffee and thinking photography, her presence pulled me outside to capture her.

I tried some closeup shots with my 20mm–I couldn’t get close / big enough.  Then I went to my old 35-105 macro zoom.  That wasn’t close enough, either.  Then I tried a trick that I’d read about.  It took some on-the-job learning, but I got it to work out.  Super macro trick!  The depth-of-field / focus plane is very shallow on these, but between the group, you should get a pretty good idea of what she looks like.  What a shame; unlike my friend, the spider, I believe she’ll not be sticking around.

This technique works, but I need to think about it a little more and practice much more.  My only concerns is that it exposes the lens and camera to much dust and outside elements that usually do not come into contact with these parts.  Is it worth the risk?   You tell me (please).

Nose horn

Forehead guard


Antenna Detail

Eye Reflection


1,361,610,000,000,000 pixels–in one shot!


Taken back in June 2012.  This storm was over Connecticut, but was visible just West of the Hudson River in New York.  It was a true behemoth!  I couldn’t capture the entire image in my 35mm lens, so I grabbed a grid of HDR images of the storm system.

A fun fact to start the explanation of the title:  The D300 has a 12.3 megapixel sensor, so nine frames of 12.3 MP actually turns out to be 37.9 MP by 37.9 MP in size.

OR  *drumroll*

1,361,610,000,000,000 pixels–that’s 1.36 quadrillion pixels!
Now the photo.  I recommend clicking on it.


Painted Storm