Week 5 – #4 Wild Card

I love trees in Florida with Spanish moss blowing in the breeze. This tree is at Myakka River State Park near Myakka Lake.

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

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Week 4 – #1 Zoom Burst (Technical)

Looking up at the base of several palm trees at Myakka River State Park. I created the “Zoom Burst” effect in post-processing instead of in the camera. The radial blur filter in On1 Photo Raw allows you to control the blur center point location, amount of blur, and blur smoothing. I then added a mask to “un-blur” the area around the center point of the blur filter.

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

Week 3 – #4 Quiet Moment (Creative)

A great place for a few quiet moments is on one of the many benches at Sleeping Turtles Nature Preserve in North Venice along the Myakka River.

It was about to rain whn I took this photo so I took a little creative license and re-imagined the scene on a nicer day with a few filters in post-processing.

Sleeping Turtles Nature Preserve

 

 

Week 1 – #5 Macro (Technical)

Did you know that you do not need an expensive, speciality macro lens to shoot macro photos?

The image below is a full frame (not cropped) photo taken with a 70 mm lens at about 15″ from the flower. This is the closest you can get with this lens and keep your subject in focus.

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However, if you add an inexpensive extension tube, you can get much closer. The image below is also a full frame (not cropped) photo taken with the same 70 mm lens with a 36 mm extension tube added between the camera and the lens. I was able to get to within a few inches of the flower.

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Extension tubes are available as a set with multiple extension rings of varying size or one at a time. As with most camera accessories, manufacture-brand extension tubes are more (often much more) expensive than third-party brands.

If you buy extension tube, make sure they support automatic focus.  And, or course, if you get a third-party tube, make sure it matches your camera mount (Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.). I used a Kenko brand extension tube on the above photo on my Nikon camera. A set of Kenko 3 extension rings cost about the same as one Nikon-brand extension ring!