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An old photo.

Posted by MWPA on May 27, 2009

I have so many things I should be doing, but instead of doing them I am looking back through the last yar at the photo’s I have taken. Its great to see how I have improved, I cant belive how many pictures that I thought were great at the time actually are terrible and not focussed corrrectly due to me using the wrong settings, I am reeditting a few pictues too, just to see if any are savable, here is one that a little bit of editing changed completely, this is my new desktop background!

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Huge Green Bug

Posted by MWPA on June 30, 2008

This morning Mellow was going crazy at the window, when I looked I saw this big green bug that is about three inches long and its antea are almost five inches long! Thankfullt it was on the outside of the window!

I think its a kind of grass hopper, Its the first time I have seen one of this colour, and so distinctly shaped like a leaf, here are 3 pictures of it, including one with Mellow in it, so you get an idea of the size…

If you click and zoom in on the picture the details are kinda cool.

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Playing With My Camera Again….

Posted by MWPA on May 16, 2008

A few months ago I posted a tutorial about taking pictures of rainbow water droplets on a CD, as I now have the new camera I thought I would give it another go. I used my Canon 30d, and my sigma 70-300f4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens. You don’t need a fancy camera to recreate these, all you need is to be able to use your macro button and you can create very similar pictures!These two pictures were my favorite out of all the ones I took.

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Extreme Close Up.

Posted by MWPA on April 16, 2008

I took this picture yesterday using my Raynox 250 macro lens on my S3IS. I love how blurred the background is, but because I was not really concentrating I cut the top off the leaf, which detracts from the picture. Ill take more care next time, I promise!

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How Do I Take a Close Up Picture With My Digital Camera?

Posted by MWPA on April 11, 2008

If you are using a regular consumer digital camera for example a Sony Cybershot, you will need to set your camera to macro mode. Macro mode allows your camera to focus on a subject that is close to the lens. using the macro mode will allow you to get 15-20cm away from your subject, if your subject is very small then if you have a super macro mode then you may wish to use this so you can get much closer. Your camera will require you to manually select manual mode, this is either on the main dial or as part of the menu, look for the little flower symbol and select it.

To get help you get the nice bright sharp image, make sure you have lots of good lighting, or use a light tent. (these can be bought or made quite cheaply). If the area is well lit, your shutter will open and close very quickly, which will keep the image sharp. If the subject is poorly lit your shutter speed will slow down allowing more light through to the sensor, with just a small movement on a slow shutter your image can become blurry.

More photography help on my blog here

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Home Made Light Tent

Posted by MWPA on April 4, 2008

Light tentWell I got busy doing lots of things today, I made bread rolls, a giant cookie and a light tent.

The rolls and the cookies were delicious and the Light tent worked well, I think with a brighter light bulb in the lamp, it would have been perfect.

The light tent is a great way to light a small object. I made mine so I can practice my macro photography, If use a larger box I could take pictures of bigger objects.

I made my light box using a large cereal box, the kind that gives you three packs of cereal in one box. any medium size box should work.

To start off with I cut out the side panels from the box and took cut the top flaps off. next I stuck white paper on three of the side panels, this allows filtered light through the box. I used a large piece of scrap book paper for my back drop, but fabric would be better and easier to manoeuvre. Finally I rested a white sheet of paper over the top of the box and positioned a strong light closely too it.

I spent sometime playing with my camera and taking pictures of a few things around the house, I used my Canon S3IS with its in built macro settings and I used my Raynox attachment which is for macro shots.  Here are the pictures I took:

Troll
Watch
Garter
Golden Retriever
Bunny

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A its a rainy day….

Posted by MWPA on March 7, 2008

As its a rainy day I thought post a little blog to let you know how my week is going. On the left is a picture of Scarlet she is one of the kittens from the shelter, she is doing exactly what I want to be doing.

At the beginning of the week we started off with beautiful weather, Monday was a beautiful and in the 70’s, I spent the whole day being lazy and not doing much!

Tuesday Ember one of the volunteers from The Cat Corner came around to practice practice her photography skills with me and learn how to make carrot soup. we spent the afternoon trying to perfect our water drop techniques, this is the best shot that I was able to get. We were using a big bowl of water which had been coloured with red food die, this seemed like a great idea until later in the day I found Mellow had a red chin because he had been drinking from it. Ember also let me take some portrait shots so I could practice my photo editing techniques. here is one of the pictures, I gave the picture a digital make over, I added a new back ground and even a touch of make up.

On Wednesday I decided it would be a good idea to sort out our clothes closet, I ended up making a big mess, with clothes and shoes every where, it was worth it because now the closet is organised and tidy. Wednesday was also a good day because my work permit arrived after 6 months of waiting!

Yesterday (Thursday) I tried out a new burger bun recipe, this is probably the first time I have ever found a recipe from the internet that I didn’t like, the buns were heavy and dry, I ended up throwing them away and making fresh buns with my old trusted recipe that I have listed on my blog.

And that brings us back to today, its cold and rainy, I have a pile of laundry to sort and the weather has turned the Mellow into a crazed hyperactive cat, that is running around pouncing on anything that moves. I think the plan of action is to do the laundry and then make some shortbread biscuits, ill probably dip them in chocolate to make them extra bad. and for dinner, well I think I will be lazy and grab a pizza, that way i can take the left overs to eat for at lunch time at the shelter tomorrow.

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Roses are Red….

Posted by MWPA on February 28, 2008

Well my birthday and valentines day has come and gone, and we are almost in the month of March, daffodils are blooming from the warm weather, even though we are still having snow flurries. The weather here really makes no sense, with one day being lovely sunny and warm, and the next there will be a frost on the ground, so far the daffodils are surviving.

My birthday was my 26th and I don’t really feel like I am any older, I still feel like I am 21, that is until it gets to 11 o’clock at night and I feel its definitely bed time, staying up late is much harder than it used to be! I find my self waking up at normal times and not being able to sleep in late, what happened to the days where I could sleep ’til noon?

Will gave me a great present for my birthday, a rather neat little add on to my camera called the Raynox 250, its a macro lens, so it magnifies my subject by a large amount. Its a tricky add on to get used to, you have to use the zoom function on the camera to get close to the lens addition, and that’s when it becomes hard to focus, you really have to pay attention to what you are doing. when you zoom in all the way you have a very shallow focal point, as you see in the leaf picture, most of the leaf is fuzzy except that very small patch. The other pictures are with that same lens and are of the roses that Will bought me for valentines day, the pictures of course are not perfect, but were one of my first attempts with the lens.



My camera is a point and shoot made by canon and is the S3IS model.

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How to Create a Rainbow Water Droplet Picture

Posted by MWPA on February 8, 2008

I recently learnt how to create some rather interesting effects with water droplets and a CD, To start with make sure you have a VERY clean CD. The CD must be clean because shooting in Super macro mode will magnify every speck of dirt and scratch that there is to be seen. You will need a well lit area, I prefer natural light, so either set up near a bright window or take a trip outside.

Use a spoon to drop a small drop of water on to the CD, I found that a droplet that was approximately 1cm worked best, move the CD around and watch how the light changes the colours on the CD and through the water, once you have found the colours you want take your picture, It is best to use Supermacro setting if you have it, when I took these pictures I was almost touching the water drop, so be careful you dont get too close.

To get clear images I set my shutter speed as fast as I could, with out the image appearing too dark, I tried to set the aperture as wide as I could to create the depth of field I wanted. A wide aperture is a low number (f2.0), I was aiming for the drop to be nice and focused and the further away from the drop you looked the burier the picture became. It was important to use the fast shutter speed because I was holding the camera in my hands, if you find your pictures are out of focus, try using the delay timer, I set mine to 2 seconds, that allowed me to press the button, and get nice and steady before the picture took.

These are some of the pictures I took in my kitchen, remember you can click on any image to view it full size.




I did minimal editing to the pictures, I added a slight blur and did a little bit of noise reduction on photoshop elements 4

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