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Posts Tagged ‘Macro’

Mountaintop Blossom

Posted by Ben on November 5, 2011

I haven’t had as much time for photography recently as I might like, so here’s another older shot.  This one comes from my adventures this past summer.  This photo was taken on the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine.

Kind of an interesting division in both color and focus in the photo between the plant itself taking up most of the left side of the shot and the blurry background to the right.  I also like the water droplets on the flower petals.  They are probably left over from the extremely dense fog that was covering the mountain that morning.

Things are still busy here.  Lots of work to do, but I’m still making time to do fun things when I can. Last night, especially, was a lot of fun.  I ended up going out to dinner in downtown Eugene before going out to salsa and had a great time.  Good food, good music, good dancing, and good company 🙂


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Posted by Ben on June 21, 2010

I haven’t had a whole lot of time for photography since arriving here in Corvallis, so here’s another one of my favorite photos from my recent road trip.  This one was taken on a ridge overlooking the Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Kansas.

The photo was shot using the super macro feature on my camera, which automatically fixes the focal length and zoom for the shot.  Because of that, I sometimes have a hard time getting the correct part of the picture the right distance from the camera and properly in focus.  This one turned out really well though.  The flower and the stem both seem to be nicely in focus.  Shooting in this manner also results in the nice blurred background.  I like that you are still able to make out a few of the other shapes really nicely though, especially the flower to the immediate right of the stem of the main one and the partial bloom on the upper right side.  I also like that I was able to get part of the horizon and the lake in the shot as well.  It’s hard to tell that the shot was taken on a ridge probably 150 above the surface of the lake, but the dark blue color adds nicely to the shot I think.

The first day of the REU went really well.  We had an introductory meeting this morning, followed by a brief campus tour.  In the afternoon, we had our first lecture from one of the professors leading a research group for the summer.


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The Return of Spring

Posted by Ben on March 18, 2010

The weather in Blacksburg seems to have finally changed for the better.  Today was beautiful, clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid-60s.  After finishing one of my big assignments for this week, I decided to head out and take some pictures.  On the way out to the duckpond, I noticed a few flowers beginning to bloom along the side of the road.  I then changed my destination to the Hahn Horticulture Gardens to see if there was anything blooming there as well.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much, but what there was was a welcome sight after almost two months of snow on the ground.

I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but I really like the way this picture came out.  Shot in super macro mode leaning across a bed of flowers that had not yet bloomed, I was worried that these would turn out too shaky, but I guess the image stabilization in the camera did its job.  I love the colors in this shot, the green, the orange, and all the different shades of purple from the sun shining through some of the petals.

It is refreshing on a large number of levels to see things blooming again.  It means an end to the dreary, gray days of winter, and a return to the warmer, more colorful days of spring and summer.  It means an opportunity to spend more time outside rather than huddled in the warm buildings.

Unfortunately, the coming of spring also means that the semester is quickly coming to a close.  I will report that I made a decision about my summer plans, and will be attending the mathematics REU at Oregon State.  Though I won’t be making that much over the summer, I think this is the best choice for me in the long run, and that it will give me a better indication of what I want to do once I graduate.

Anyway, I look forward to being able to post more pictures like this once more of the flowers start blooming 🙂


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First Snow

Posted by Ben on December 6, 2009

As you may be able to gather from the title of the post, we had our first snowfall here in Blacksburg on Saturday.  You may then, be confused as to why there’s not actually any snow in the picture to go along with said title.  Anyway, I went out this morning to go take some pictures of the snow, it always seems to look better when the sun is out.  Don’t worry, there will be some pictures of snow, this just happened to be my favorite shot from this morning.  I was crouched down alongside the creek feeding in to the duckpond taking some pictures of the water and some ducks when I looked down and saw this frost-covered leaf.  It was originally in the shade, which is probably why it still had frost on it at 10 in the morning, but I moved it into the sunlight to get a better picture.

The main thing that caught my eye about the leaf was the layer of frost around the outer edge, which when you get this close, looks like a bunch of tiny white hairs.  I really like the way the sun is shining through them on the upturned part of the leaf in the top left corner.  The frost also seems to highlight the veins running throughout the leaf.  It also seems like the sun is hitting the leaf at just the right angle to create some pretty cool shadows from the veins.  I think the soft background is also neat.

Here’s another shot of the same leaf from a slightly different angle.  I’m not entirely sure what the camera was focusing on here, possibly the green plants in the background.  The frost does seem to sparkle a lot more in this shot though.

Strangely, I’ve had both a very productive and relaxing weekend.  My partner and I have been able to almost finish the last big Systems project that’s due on Friday which is a relief.  In addition to that, a group of us in the dorm watched almost the entirety (or possibly the entirety, I didn’t quite make it all the way through last night) of the show Firefly over the past two nights.  Anyway, I’m excited that classes are almost over now.  I’m definitely ready to be done with this semester.


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Posted by Ben on November 12, 2009


Not really in the right mood to write much tonight, but wanted to put up another picture anyway.  Pretty cool macro shot from my last trip through the gardens.  I always like the blurry background like this one that you get with macro photos.


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