Monthly Archives: May 2012

Dandelion Revisited

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Feather

Unrepeatable

When I went to Bethany’s for the Women Create project, I saw this black and white photographic collage:

I’ve been thinking about it ever since and wondering how to render the technique from my own images. Here is a first attempt:

It’s hard to tell, but the original image is a self portrait… can you see eyes? a nose? a mouth? my glasses? Too tired to try another tonight… I’ll dream about how to improve it.

Dandelion

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Experiments

Kathleen Tenpas introduced me to a printing technique that has me so intrigued.  I like it for the same reason I used to enjoy silk dyeing outside on a windy day:  you always get interesting results despite the fact that you cannot control every aspect of the process.  The results are always surprising – sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a disappointing way.  No two prints turn out the same… and I like that one-of-a-kind-ness.

Click an image to start a slide show of larger images.

Pink Spotted Lady Beetle

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Most of my macro shots are taken using an 18-55mm lens that came with my first DSLR – the Canon Rebel XT. I have a 10x magnifier that screws onto the front of it like a filter.

This shot was taken with a lens borrowed from my friend Aimee. It’s the Sigma 50mm DG Macro lens. All of the photos in this set on Flicker were also taken with this lens. I didn’t use a tripod or anything, and several of my subjects were quite mobile! I’d like to try another whole day in the woods with it and see what else it can do…