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Cold Autumn Afternoon

Cold Autumn afternoons are still full of opportunities if only one can muster the effort to get out there with the Camera and seek the beauty that’s present even in such weather. So while I’m out shooting in the backyard, the Furbags come out for some exercise instead of getting fat lying on the slab in the study!

This afternoon I had my first real session of practising shooting with Focus Stacking in mind for the shots later. This is a technique I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Today I took shots with that technique in mind for the post processing. I have to say that my first impressions have left me in awe of the opportunities this opens for my Macro shots in the future.

This first shot

is around about what I’d normally at F8 using the Nikkor Micro 200mm fairly close to the subject.

This next shot is a “composite” of six shots with slightly different focal points and all exposure factors the same.

Of course there’s a nifty bit of software involved to make this happen, called Helicon Focus, not cheap but works damn well. The above is not necessarily a great shot or perfect image, but it’s enough to demonstrate the technique. Over time I’ll become more practised and the shots will become better. But still a good afternoon’s work was done. I’ve some others to work on later, this was just the first to confirm how to make it work.

By Jimminy…

Well a couple of hours this afternoon, and I feel that I’m finally getting a feel for this new lens. Finally able to start getting the sharpness out of it for which it’s been known.

Lurking at the Dinner Table…

Well you just never know what the work in the Garden will stir up, but it’s always worth going to have a look for something.

A Simple Prayer…

It seems hard to find these around my place, perhaps they are in general now. I know I don’t see too many of them each Season. Once again only a baby. Last year the largest one I saw only managed about 20mm in length. This one was approx 10mm in length, but I assume if she or he lasts, will reach the usual size.

A New Level of Intimacy with the World…

Ok, first few tests, and starting to get the swing of it. I still need to do much more work with Flash in general, but I’m starting to get the hang of this one for these type of shots. I’ve also tested the Kenko 36mm extension tube, and pretty happy with what it’s going to let me shoot. Unsure how I’ll go with all of them attached, but it’s possible.


Liebster Award

My fellow blogger friend Louise from Louise Busija Jones, nominated me today to take part in the Liebster Blog Award. Normally I’m a bit cautious of such things, but Louise has been very supportive to me over the last few years, and this seems like an opportunity to offer something to her some support in return.

Louise has put forward the below questions for me to ponder and to which I respond the below.

1. Where does your name come from?
Short Answer: Scotland. Craig = Dweller in the Crag.

2. What are you most afraid of?

3. Why do you go to work every day?
Because I’ve not yet found freedom from having to do so!

4. Who is the one person that makes your heart stir?
No One at present.

5. Black & White or Shades of Grey?
Oh clearly Shades of Grey. Rarely is anything as simple and easy as Black & White.

6. Do you have a special family recipe to share?
No I love all food equally, except for seafood!

7. Funniest moment in your life?
The time a friend messaged me to say that a risque message reminder I’d put in my Calendar an had sent as an invite had popped up on the big screen in the middle of a presentation the friend was doing. Apparently my friend paused for a moment and then continued on as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened to a somewhat “stunned” audience.

8. If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
A Cat. Independent, Wise and small enough to fit in a lap.

9. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
A chance to let others see things they may not see in real life. To encourage others to look more deeply at the beauty of world and appreciated the interdependence of life on this tiny planet.

10. Earth, Wind or Fire?
Sorry, greedy here, can’t choose, All Three as each is required for balance.

Unfortunately I can’t add to the list of blogs because most of the ones from friends aren’t updated regularly enough anymore. It does take dedication. And sometimes I feel a “bit of a Galah”.

Two to Tango…

Additional inspiration with the joining of Chemoux to the Furbag clan at Darriwell is appreciated. They’re both getting on fine now, and providing much new fodder for the lens. The similarities in personality and looks are startling, but the differences are equally pronounced upon close inspection.

I’m glad to report that they’re both very happy with the current situation!

New Bad Boy on the Block…

About 6 weeks ago or so I bought the Tamron 150 – 600mm. Awesome Lens for the price! Despite the reviews indicating it was less sharp for that last 50mm, I have to say it still does a great job if you have it on the tripod shooting that distance. Chances aren’t too bad by…