Sunday, November 06, 2011


Pulled this one from a previous shoot. Sometimes it is difficult to get motivated. Reasons vary... perhaps one is distracted by personal issues, or one is distracted by business issues, or perhaps it is a more enigmatic distraction... something just doesn't feel right. My wife just now informed me that there was an earthquake last night in Oklahoma that could be felt as far away as Tennessee and Wisconsin, so obviously we felt effects here in North Texas. Could that be why I feel so "meh" this morning? Maybe... who cares? Anyhow, this is a shot of a video card circuit board, part of Tron's home world.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011


Had an assignment at Dukes Roadhouse last night to shoot their Halloweekend Party... the temperature here has dropped a bit here in Texas, so they were burning the heaters outside on the deck. Took several shots of the burner through the mesh. This is one of them.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011


So I worked the Arlington (Texas) Guitar Show yesterday with a client and took a few pictures. This first shot is a crop from the full shot (below) of Chris Cannella (EVH GEAR) playing the guitar. I was shooting macro tight on his hand while he played. I've been working these guitar shows for years and have been able to meet many great artists and make a great many friends too. I'll not drop any names as that just seems crass. Anyhow, here are some of the macro shots I took yesterday.The first shot is the full shot of Cannella playing. The other three shots are of Triggs guitars. Triggs Guitars is a father and son company. Their guitars are custom, hand made by Jim and Ryan Triggs.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011


Computers can be very frustrating... no, this is not a picture of a computer, or anything relating to computers except in as much as this is a digital image from a digital camera, edited on a computer. This is my I HEART MACRO submission for this week. I failed to submit a picture last week. I took pictures, but just wasn't satisfied with the subject and composition. The picture of the 75-300 mm lens at the bottom of this post is the shot from last week. The one satisfaction I did have from the shoot is that I managed to get enough light on the subject to use a 1/1000 shutter speed at 100 ISO and F2.8. So this week's shot is a steak bone. Below is the full image along with a curious development. I took the above shot in RAW, but when I made the conversion from CR2 (Canon RAW) to generic RAW something odd happened and the multiple image was created. I have been busy trying to multi-task this morning cleaning snake cages (being bitten on the hand by my Burmese Python in the process), and taking the macro shots, among other things. That is my Sunday. I hope you like the pictures. If anyone is interested, the bone was shot at F2.8, 200 ISO, 1/800 shutter with 4 daylight balanced fluorescent and one tungsten spot (all to the left/upper left of the subject) using my 100 mm Macro lens, Canon 7D on a tripod.

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Sunday, September 04, 2011


I am not really happy or unhappy with this week's post. Ideas when they appear in one's head are sometimes not as appealing once they are realized. A bit like the fact that reality is never as good as fantasy. I brought the Alien Bees and some other lights home from the office. I used one Alien Bees B800 with a soft box on the right set at 1/8 intensity. I used a JTL S-45M with blue gel on the left. Originally I took other shots of the coral, but after looking at them decided the coral needed to be washed. As I have said before, macro sometimes reveals things about our world that are very much less than appealing. So I took new shots after washing the coral and I was happier with the results.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011


This is a Monkey Fist knot. It has been said that every picture tells a story... well, this picture comes with a story. The Monkey Fist knot is not the easiest knot in the world to make, and I found that finding instructions for making the Monkey Fist was difficult as well. It all started when I was about 12 years old working in the Irving Community Theater with my mom. She often conducted the orchestra for the theater which left me to find things to occupy myself. I ended up helping out building and painting sets, occasionally took minor roles. (My biggest role was that of the Crocodile in Peter Pan) At 14 years old, I was stage manager for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Now, back to 12 years old and the show Two by Two. There was a man running electrical for the show and I was assisting him. He had a Monkey Fist knot and used it to throw cables through the roof framework. He claimed to be an ex merchant marine and when I asked him to teach me how to make the Monkey Fist, he told me it was a military secret and refused. This was very frustrating and began the search for how to make a Monkey Fist. No one I knew and no one I came to know ever knew how to make a Monkey Fist. Every book I checked on knot making did not have the Monkey Fist in it. I finally found a book in the discount section of a Bookstop and I still have it today, but it was over 20 years from when I first saw the knot to when I found that book. When something fascinates me, I stay fascinated. This is my I HEART MACRO shot for today. Below is the Monkey Fist knot in full view.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011


As I say, this is not a harmonica. I had planned on photographing a harmonica, and I did take quite a few shots of the harmonica, but the image on the right is not one of them. This is an accidental random shot taken while I was trying to get a second flash unit to slave from the flash attached to the camera. Very frustrating. I have a Speedlight 430 EX II and recently acquired an old Speedlight 199A flash. The idea was to use the older flash on the camera, and with a sensor attached to the second flash, slave it to the first on the camera. The annoying aspect of this scenario is that I had tested the set up successfully a few weeks ago. Somewhere along the way I forgot the settings and couldn't get it straight this morning. However, in randomly snapping shots attempting to get the second flash to go off, I ended up with this image of the bevel guide edge of my old C&H 4060A Mat Cutter.

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Here are a few shots of the harmonica. The first shot is one of the accidental shots during the flash debacle. I thought it was really cool the way the soft focus on the top edge created a pattern that is not actually there. That metal is smooth. I am not sure what was reflecting in the metal to create the pattern. The other two were intentional and among other things, show why our granddaughter will never play this instrument again. If she wants to play the harmonica, we will buy her a new one and store it in an alcohol bath when it is not in use... well, perhaps not that drastic, but we will figure out some way to keep it clean. Macro shots can be very beautiful and reveal marvelous things about our world, but they can also reveal things about our world that are not particularly appealing.