Second Technique / Second Movement

Enough with staples.  For now.

Working more with this technique because no photo turns out the same time way twice.  A friend visited during the weekend and he wanted to see the technique–to see how I created these.  After seeing me work, he wanted to help.  So these shots contain a slight progression of technique.

Maybe I need to get around to giving these titles.

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Failing Party

Odd Pairings

7 Layer

Rock Star



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

Slump. And a spider. We’re surviving together.

1,000 views on June 9.  Now this.  Nothing.

Blog seems to now be dead and it perfectly coincides with a loss of my creativity.

However, one small happiness in Virginia is a small pet that I’ve “adopted.”  He (maybe a she) doesn’t quite know it, but over the past two days, I’ve noticed this little spider surviving out on my porch.  He seems to be happy despite the heavy rain and wind we’ve had lately.  This is one of the best macro photos I’ve created of that little critter.  Maybe someday soon he and I can get lucky and I can photograph him wrapping a catch!

And it’s a small little spider–about the size of a grain of rice.


Pouring, Dashing Hopes of Capturing the Budding Supermoon

That’s a long title for this post!

It’s raining in Virginia.  In fact, it’s been pouring at times so hard that it makes it tough to see across the street.  Now that the sun’s gone down, I’d hoped for a break in the clouds that might make it possible to see the budding Supermoon.  Alas, no such luck.  It’s still raining.

Nevertheless, I took out the camera and tried to capture something different.  Something new.



Dare You. . .

I dare you.  I double-dog dare you to try this.

Was I alone?  It didn’t feel like it.  Was it dark?  Yes–and it was getting impossibly darker.

What time was it?  I didn’t check my watch.  But I did have to make it back to the hidden cemetery for one more photo shoot.  This time, I wanted to try something different.  Please let me know what you think.

This place has fascinated me for the past year.  And as unique as it is–and as much as I want to go there to get these photographs, I hate coming back to my apartment.  It feels like each time I go (and return), I bring back a little more of this place.



Alone II

Textured Cross

Eternal Neighbors

Eternal Neighbors, Black and White

Pushing Up into the Blood Sky

Unnoticed Storm

Double Buried, or Pulling Down the Cross



Sinking, Black and White

Around the Area Today

Some photos from a walkabout today, and one photo of Thursday’s storm in the VA area.

Not much to say, otherwise.  Not much I can say.  Not much I should say.

Priceless Moon Tonight

The skies were very, very quite tonight.  The Moon was out.  Therefore, I was out, too.

One of the better shots of the moon I’ve ever taken.  I even surprised myself.

Edit:  the Moon was 238,415 miles from Earth that night.  She’s on her way toward us–at a perigee distance of 225,222.  I had to constantly make sure the Moon had not crept off-frame during this shoot–it filled the frame nicely!

Better Best Moon Yet