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The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Mayville, WI provides a sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl as well as a variety of other wildlife. A leisurely stroll around the Horicon Marsh is sure to provide some great opportunities for the photographer. Given our crazy Wisconsin winter, we were a bit early to catch any blooms but there were plenty of birds to occupy my lens.
Ah…the State Fair…the animals, the exhibits, the FOOD. Deep fried butter anyone?
In between bites during a brief excursion to this year’s fair, I was able to collect a few images along the midway. Unfortunately, the skies were essentially a seamless gray leading to rather boring backdrops. In order to add a little interest, each of the images below was post-processed with the Perfect Effects Suite from OnOne Software to create a vintage look. I also layered in some bokeh to add to the overall effect. Stay tuned for a screencast tutorial on creating this look.
Summer is here and the insect world is humming which means that your own backyard will provide almost limitless subjects for macro photography. At a minimum, you’ll need a camera, preferably as DSLR with a macro lens (e.g., Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens), and a bit of patience. If you have the opportunity to get out early in the morning, particularly if it was a cool evening, you may find that your targets are more tolerant of you approaching with your camera.
I’ve been shooting a few macro images around the backyard (when the mosquitos are on break). Here are few examples of what I’ve caught so far.
Harvestman (Leiobunum) scavenging on a cup plant.
Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) enjoying a snack.
Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Eastern Forktail Damselfly (Ischnura verticalis)
Plume moth (Pterophoridae)