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After the Rain

Friends, these cheery flowers are the first to bloom in Crex Meadows,  a favorite haunt of mine in Northwestern Wisconsin.  They are Pasque flowers and are a wild crocus.  They are a light blue when they first bloom but fade quickly in the early spring sunshine.  I especially enjoy their yellow centers before the pollinators beat them to a pulp.  Hope you also enjoy their cheerful faces. til Tomorrow MJ

Birch Cones

Friends, more macro work, tiny cones from a birch bush, Birch have both female cones and male polen sacs, and these  cones are about 1/2 inch long.  I brought them indoors and lit them with flash against a gold reflector.  I think the top one has a face in it, maybe the face of neptune with a beard.  Getting hard to find something to photograph outside, with 16 inches of new snow, the contrast is non-existent, oh well, maybe Tomorrow MJ

Pin Feathers

Friends, today we have winter all in one shot, been short of snow all winter, now on leap day, Feb 29th, we have a foot of snow and more coming.  This is another macro shot of my favorite bird feathers with the yellow shafts.  This time i concentrated on the base of the shaft and the pretty pin feathers.  This preparation is dry (no ice) cause a friend requested that i show the through focus technique in a dry situation. well here it is, do you like dry or ice??, I personally think that the ice gives a more saturated colors and i like the bubbles. til Tomorrow MJ

Birth of a Pine Cone

Friends, this is a macro image of a young pine cone among the needles of a white pine tree and encased in ice.  As this preparation thawed, smaller bubbles appeared, not sure why that happened. but i like the detail in the small cone forming and you can start to see the scales forming on the surface.  White pines have both female and male cones, but I am not sure how to differentiate them especially when they are very young.  If you look closely at the needles, you can see the white lines on the needles and on White Pines the white lines are present on two sides of a three-sided needle.Can you see them, i can. til Tomorrow MJ

Feather details in Ice

Friends, I have always been frustrated by the limited depth of field when using my macro lens.  When trying to photograph this bird feather in ice, the bubbles and the fine feather details were not in focus even at f/22 on a single image.  Other macro photographers have remedied this problem by shooting multiple photos at different focus points and then blended the images together in Photoshop,  to achieve the focus range that they want in the final image.  To find more info on this technique, there are several excellent tutorials online, just google “image stacking  in photoshop”.  Viola, the method works, this image is a merging of four separate images taken to focus the bubbles, the feather shaft, and the tiny barbules on the barbs above the shaft.  These elements were on three different planes but were combined by Photoshop to my satisfaction.  More practice is needed to be able to go nose to nose with the wild flowers of spring.  til Tomorrow MJ

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