A Chilly Goodbye to 2017

If 2018 were the year of the Dragon, not the year of the Dog, I’d be especially excited about the image below. To my eye, anyway, the subject of the photo resembles a fanciful beast. From right to left, see the head, body, and tail?

ICE + ZEISS = NICE!
The “dragon” photo is actually a close-up shot of ice clinging to a mass of Sweet Autumn Clematis seeds (conveniently located on a wall at the end of my street). It was taken with a Fuji XT2 and 50mm Zeiss f2 macro lens. I’ve already extolled the virtues of the lens in other posts, but I’m finding new ways to use it all the time, like in combination with a flash at night.

Each of the following ice/seed images was taken with the Zeiss/Fuji combination and a flash unit set for the lowest power level. And each, like the dragon image, was created through focus stacking, which entails blending multiple images of the same subject, each with different elements in sharp focus. The result is a photo that has more of the subject in focus than would be possible with a single image alone.

STALKING THE ELUSIVE ICE INSECTOID

GONE ICE FISHIN’

OUT WITH THE OLD
This image was taken before the sun set—no flash. Focus stacking made it possible for the left and right drops to be in focus, just like our eyes see them. I like the photo because for me, it symbolizes the melting of the old year and the potential for change in the road ahead.

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and for your kind words in support of my work.
Happy New Year!

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