Excellent Conversation with Mark Helm, Macro Extreme Photographer

One of the people I have met within the last couple of months on Google+ is Mark Helm. A retired Canadian, Mark has an eye for the extremely small. Well maybe an eye with some gadgets in front of his eye. Here is the latest MidWeek Photo Talk and Mark explains some of his technique and equipment. I marvel at his talent and his patience. Check out the video to see why.  Midweek Photo Talk #6 Mark Helm’s Extreme Macro.

To check out some of Mark’s photos check out his profile page on Google+

Backyard Bird Photography on the Cheap

I recently purchased an inexpensive radio remote for my Nikon D90.  The infrared unit I had would not reach through a window into my backyard.  So $24.00 later I purchased one off Amazon.  Actually I purchased two, one being incorrect for my model of camera.  I kept it as the transmitter is the same as the correct unit and having a spare is never a bad idea.


The reason I wanted a radio remote trigger is my bird feeders in the back yard are full of Finches… Gold and House variety as well as a smattering of other birds.  My current lens collection only goes to 300 mm and I wanted a better “birds eye” view of my backyard visitors.  So I have set up my camera about 12 feet from the feeders, generally in the mornings, and have been taking some pictures remotely.  It is not as accurate as looking through the viewfinder myself but the photos of the birds are much cleaner and closer.

Here are some examples…..


There are some bonuses to this kind of capture.  One is you can do it comfortably from a chair in your house, nice in colder weather.  A pair of binocs is nice to make sure that is an actual bird on your feeder.  The neighbors don’t notice you wandering around your backyard with a camera which gets you less weird looks.

If you have the money you can buy a 300.00 remote trigger with live view directly from Amazon or eBay. This is more expensive but it shows you what the camera is seeing.  My feeders are right outside my window in my dining room.  And my dining room doubles my home office at the moment…..

Here we have today’s bird photo.  This will keep me entertained until it is warmer and going outside to photograph something is not such a chilly idea.  Until next time people, peace.




Here is the link to the remote trigger for D90

Neewer Wireless Shutter Release For Nikon D5100, D3100, D7000, D5000, D90

Google+ is the Place to Be

Midweek Photo Talk Number 5
If you are a photography pro, n00b, or somewhere in between then there is a great place on the Web to hang out with like minded individuals. Google+ service was quickly populated with photographers from all over the world. I am there daily talking with other photographers and enthusiasts, learning Photoshop tricks and tips, sharing my photography and getting critiques instantly.

One group I have become attached to within the community is The Midweek Photo Talk folks. They are a collection of European and Canadian professional and amateur photogs that have a structured (somewhat) photography chat during 1-2 o’clock central Us time, 8-9 Central European Time. Using Google Hangouts they host a video conference every other week. They post the talk for others to follow on You Tube… I have become the token “American” and have enjoyed trading ideas with my European counterparts.

Daily I use the Google Hangout function as virtual office. As a stay at home dad during the weekdays I usually hangout during the afternoon while my daughter naps. Several other at home photographers and I daily work from our computers with headsets and video cameras going. The subject is not always photography and sometimes there is no conversation at all, just the tapping of keys and clicking of mice. I find it comforting to work “with” someone even if their office is a cottage in Northumbria, UK or an apartment in the Netherlands.

I want to thank Olle Andersson, Andy Gray, Helen Sotiriadis, Rogier Rood, Mark Helm, Andre Appel, and Kev Isabeth for making my time on Google+ an excellent adventure.

If you like photography websites I would check out Andrew Gray’s
If you want to purchase some of Andy’s work try www.andrewsgray.com.

Another great website is Andre Appel’s, check out http://aappelphotography.com.

If you like modern architecture, you will love Rogier Rood…  http://rogierrood.nl