Flowers and the Droste Effect….

The Droste effect, from an advertisement for the Droste confection company.  A picture in a picture advertisement from the early 20th Century.

Humming Birds in West Tennessee

While visiting the in laws in Ripley, TN I photographed some Ruby Throat-ed humming birds at my mother in law’s feeders.

More Lillies

More lillies have opened up, lots of good photography opportunity.

The Lilly of the Tiger

Here we have some Tiger Lilly photos from the garden that bloomed this morning!

Experimenting with HDR Photography

Here I am experimenting with some HDR software (Photomatix) and some multiple exposures from a tripod.  By “tone mapping” the image we can squeeze down the difference from the lightest parts and darkest parts to see more.  This is one of the downgrades from the film days, film could hold more EV’s in one image than most of today’s digital camera sensors.

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