Snowflakes #3 on Flickr.A crop of snowflakes.  The artistic-ish arrangement is not random.  I combined several frames of the individual larger flakes onto a single frame with the scattering of needles and removed some that weren’t so attractive or overlapped.
I was shooting these in my screen porch.  I collected the snow on a piece of glass, which I propped up horizontally above a piece of gray mat board, with the camera on a tripod pointed straight down.  (The brightness was adjusted to bring the background  to black in post-processing).  I used a 105mm macro lens + 14mm extension tube to focus closer;  still would prefer higher magnification.  Only ambient daylight overcast lighting.  Tried using flash to get some specular highlights, but couldn’t get that to work very well.
I repeated the process several times, cleaning off the glass and collecting more snow.  And had to search the whole thing to find a handful of nicely formed flakes.  Almost all of them were kinda ratty, not the picture perfect ones you think of.  Maybe under different temp/moisture conditions you get a higher percentage of clean ones.

Snowflakes #3 on Flickr.

A crop of snowflakes. The artistic-ish arrangement is not random. I combined several frames of the individual larger flakes onto a single frame with the scattering of needles and removed some that weren’t so attractive or overlapped.

I was shooting these in my screen porch. I collected the snow on a piece of glass, which I propped up horizontally above a piece of gray mat board, with the camera on a tripod pointed straight down. (The brightness was adjusted to bring the background to black in post-processing). I used a 105mm macro lens + 14mm extension tube to focus closer; still would prefer higher magnification. Only ambient daylight overcast lighting. Tried using flash to get some specular highlights, but couldn’t get that to work very well.

I repeated the process several times, cleaning off the glass and collecting more snow. And had to search the whole thing to find a handful of nicely formed flakes. Almost all of them were kinda ratty, not the picture perfect ones you think of. Maybe under different temp/moisture conditions you get a higher percentage of clean ones.

horsehead-revisited:

SUBMISSION: Speaking of Sigma Orionis, Daniel Verschatse sent us this unusual Horsehead image taken from Chile. He writes:



“I found that strong reflections from Sigma Orionis - which was outside my camera’s field of view - were heavily affecting my image. After about a half hour of rotating and shifting my imaging train, trying to get rid of them, I finally opted to incorporate them in the image layout as “cosmic spotlights” that highlight the two main objects in the frame. If you can’t beat them, join them…”

horsehead-revisited:

SUBMISSION: Speaking of Sigma Orionis, Daniel Verschatse sent us this unusual Horsehead image taken from Chile. He writes:

“I found that strong reflections from Sigma Orionis - which was outside my camera’s field of view - were heavily affecting my image. After about a half hour of rotating and shifting my imaging train, trying to get rid of them, I finally opted to incorporate them in the image layout as “cosmic spotlights” that highlight the two main objects in the frame. If you can’t beat them, join them…”

Yellow and Blue on Flickr.

Yellow and Blue on Flickr.

NYC Triptych on Flickr.Typical scenes on a typical New York street corner. They seem to work pretty well together.  I liked the play of colors and shadows against the backdrop of the gray pavement and graphic lines.

NYC Triptych on Flickr.

Typical scenes on a typical New York street corner. They seem to work pretty well together. I liked the play of colors and shadows against the backdrop of the gray pavement and graphic lines.

Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

Locomotive on Flickr.Detail of a locomotive in the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.  A lot of amazing stuff in this museum.  The qualities and scale of the steam-age machinery is astonishing.  But It’s a little tough to photograph with difficult or too dim lighting and close quarters.  There were plenty of subjects though, in details at various scales.  Subtle colors show up in black-painted surfaces with exquisite forms and textures.

Locomotive on Flickr.

Detail of a locomotive in the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. A lot of amazing stuff in this museum. The qualities and scale of the steam-age machinery is astonishing. But It’s a little tough to photograph with difficult or too dim lighting and close quarters. There were plenty of subjects though, in details at various scales. Subtle colors show up in black-painted surfaces with exquisite forms and textures.

From the Air #6 on Flickr.Revisiting photos taken during air travel.  I liked the strong graphic elements of this expansive farm field in Colorado, dwarfing the machinery.  There always seems to be something interesting to see from a window seat.  I think this was approaching Denver Airport.

From the Air #6 on Flickr.

Revisiting photos taken during air travel. I liked the strong graphic elements of this expansive farm field in Colorado, dwarfing the machinery. There always seems to be something interesting to see from a window seat. I think this was approaching Denver Airport.

Montmartre Cafe on Flickr.A Paris moment, conversing outdoors in a café.

Montmartre Cafe on Flickr.

A Paris moment, conversing outdoors in a café.

Water drops cling beautifully to lotus leaves.  Early summer light turns them into sparkling jewels.

Water drops cling beautifully to lotus leaves.  Early summer light turns them into sparkling jewels.

Something a little different from the eternally enchanting lotus blossom.

Something a little different from the eternally enchanting lotus blossom.

Study in shades of peach, detail of a waterlily. 

Study in shades of peach, detail of a waterlily. 

A small detail of an amazing machine, a Keck-Gonnerman steam traction engine, manufactured at Mt. Vernon, Indiana in 1925, used mostly for threshing grain.  An amazing, powerful contraption, lovingly maintained and restored, in working order, shown and demonstrated at the Kutztown Festival, Pennsylvania.  Seen up close, machines like this exude an almost living power and strength, from the muscular steel components to the heat radiating from the boiler, and the sound of the whistle, an exquisite marriage of form and function.

A small detail of an amazing machine, a Keck-Gonnerman steam traction engine, manufactured at Mt. Vernon, Indiana in 1925, used mostly for threshing grain.  An amazing, powerful contraption, lovingly maintained and restored, in working order, shown and demonstrated at the Kutztown Festival, Pennsylvania.  Seen up close, machines like this exude an almost living power and strength, from the muscular steel components to the heat radiating from the boiler, and the sound of the whistle, an exquisite marriage of form and function.