Macro Mystery #1

Let’s play a game I like to call “Tell Me What This Is A Picture Of”! I was tinkering around and read up a little on macro photography. Turns out you can stack lenses and by some sort of optical magic you get a nice super duper macro lens. So I opened my 50mm f/1.8 up to f/1.8, held it to the front of my 18-200mm, setup a manual exposure (f/16, 1/250), and setup my flash (1/8 power) to fire remotely off camera. My lenses normally only focus down to about a foot, even at 200mm that doesn’t get you terribly close. Stacking the lenses let me focus at a little less than one inch because of previously mentioned optical magic; only problem is the depth of field is only several millimeters. Such a small depth of field makes focusing hard, really hard.

Since Kevin doesn’t do MindTrap Monday anymore I figured we needed some sort of riddle posts going on. So who will be the first to guess what the Macro Mystery shot below is of? Hint about scale: The image covers about 1/4 inch square.

Macro Mystery #1

 Update: Paul wins and here’s the whole thing. The macro shot is of the scuff right there on the front.

 Bocce!

Wild Animal Park visit

Took a trip down to San Diego over Labor Day weekend and needed to entertain ourselves during the day so we thought it would be fun to go to the Wild Animal Park. Got there in the morning but it quickly became super duper hot, but I still managed to get some decent shots. Click the lion for the gallery.

Roar I'm a lion

Visit from Leaf Cat

Denise will probably be the only person that finds this interesting, but Leaf Cat paid Sarah and me a visit the other night. For the rest of you, Denise named the neighborhood cat “Leaf Cat” because she saw it walking around the condo complex with a leaf in its mouth. She decided she wanted to stop by, take a tour of the place, get some noggin scratching and then take off. Good times.

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Honeymoon Pictures Are Up

Hawaii + 3 cameras = 900+ images but I managed to whittle it down to 220. Some might be a little redundant but there’s some pretty nice shots in there. I’ll be posting some very NICE panoramic shots of Waimea Canyon and some other beautiful locations soon.

Honeymoon Gallery

Quick list of what the pictures cover:

  • Our private cottage
  • Spouting Horn
  • Sarah reading Harry Potter
  • Lots of eating and drinking
  • Salt Pond Beach
  • Drive up the west side to Waimea Canyon and then up to Kokee State Park
  • Dinner at the Beach House
  • Swimming in completely enclosed swimming area at Lydgate Beach
  • Poipu Beach
  • Goats and lizards oh my
  • 4 mile hike up to Sleeping Giant
  • Shipwreck Beach and lithified cliffs
  • Couple waterfalls
  • Queen’s Bath
  • Kilauea Lighthouse
  • Moon on the ocean from our hotel window
  • Sunrise on the beach
  • Sunset in Maui (including turtle)
  • Swimming in Maui
  • Old Lahaina Luau
  • Long exposure of stars (Big Dipper!)