Thursday, April 28, 2016

Breakfast Time

The daily bundle of mischief:






Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Bit of Filtering

Quite a nice cloud formation to the human eye but disappointing when photographed:


Popped it in Elements 10 with the NIK Collection filters.
Silver Efex Pro 2 - filter 010 LowKey2
Green filter
Film choice - Agfa APX 400


Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Mystery - Guess What



Things went a bit better with last week's mystery photo. My congratulations and the virtual Midmarsh Gold Star go to Adrian, Roy and Wilma who all recognised the close view of some bubble wrap:

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I wonder how you will get on with this close view.
Guess What:

Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Monday.
No prizes. Just for fun and maybe a virtual Midmarsh Gold or Silver Star.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Apple Time Lapse Experiment

Well, my first experiment at long term time lapse photography has been running for about five weeks. Today I stopped the experiment. Instead of rotting away the half apple just dried out, shrank somewhat and became mummified. This is just the final 500 shots, one taken every hour, converted to a video. I will have to try to find out why the lighting flickers so much. There are several possibilities. Maybe the flash gun doesn't give exactly the same light output every shot. Maybe the camera doesn't give exactly the same exposure every shot. It is set for 1/25 sec at f18.

I have started a new one with a tomato which is already showing signs of mould growing so that may give a more interesting video. I had to stand it on something to stop it from rolling around. The blue object is an upturned measuring cup for the liquid I use in the washing machine:

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One thing which is working as it should is my program on the Arduino. Even after a week or so the timing is within a second or two of the 60 minute wait between shots I set it for.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday at the Flicks - Tiger Worms


Having moved the base and stand belonging to an old bird bath I saw that many worms had made the damp earth their home. By the colour and banding on their bodies these look to be some tiger worms which escaped from my wormery:

There seemed to be several different sizes so they must be breeding OK.
Filmed hand held using the little Nikon.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stacking Oliver

It's just a year since I last photographed Oliver's catkins.
What is Oliver? See HERE.

This time I took 21 focus stacked photos to process using Zerine Stacker.
Why focus stacked?  Close, macro, shots have very little depth of focus so each photo has a slightly different part of the plant which is in focus. Zerene Stacker does a fantastic job of picking out and putting together just those in focus parts to make one resulting photo.

Here are the photos from each end of the stack:



And the finished result using all 21 photos:

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I also used Photoshop Elements 10 to darken some of the lighter background patches.
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