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A short drive through the woods and to the beach

A short drive through the woods and to the beach

To grandmothers house we go.


Wanted to go somewhere for pictures but it was a cloudy day. Knew there wouldn't be an interesting sunrise so slept in until 5 AM. There is a dead-end road down by Mt. Rainier that I'd never been down, so I went exploring. Went to Hwy 165 and the Carbon River Road, past Carbonado. It's closed winters (and due to a washout of the road) but I was able to go partway up.

If you want to go off-grid this is a place to do it. No cell reception or services. Plenty of people obviously living up there in RVs, trucks covered in tarps, and tents.

Weather wasn't too bad, but I basically drove into the rainy area, so that was fun. It was more of a mist/drizzle, not too bad. I get shots of a couple roadside waterfalls, but nothing too interesting.

9:44 AM. I go up a side road and see this moss covered tree along the Carbon River. I added this wide-angle shot to try to show the scope of it. 2000x3000


9:48 AM. Trying to get more artistic, but it's kind of hard to tell what you're looking at. A lot of moss. 3000x2000


9:59 AM. Still in that same area. Selfie with some big trees with moss covered branches. 1000x1500


10:09 AM. Standing between those trees and looking up. 3440x1440


10:09 AM. Same shot, but rotated, cropped, and monochrome. 2000x3000


10:26 AM. I'm heading out, but had planned to stop at this bridge. It's the Fairfax Bridge over the Carbon River. Geez I see that 'ScotyP' graffiti everywhere. 2000x2500


11:50 AM. Only about an hour drive to get from the mountains to the Sound. Well I was in the foothills, only about 2,000 elevation. The weather changes, it gets partly clear but very windy. I stop to get a picture of the whitecaps. This is looking towards Maury Island and Vashon Island. 2560x1440


12:02 PM. I go to the beach at Saltwater State Park. Puget Sound doesn't generally have 'waves' (this isn't the ocean), but on a windy day it was making some decent splashes. 3000x2000


12:03 PM. 30 second video of the waves coming in. No sound, since the wind messed it up. Guess I need a fuzzy microphone.


12:15 PM. Did I mention that it was windy? 1500x1000


12:34 PM. I got a new macro lens. It can actually do 2:1 macro (larger than life size) but I think this is at 1:1. Handheld, and it was tough with the wind blowing me around, but this one is pretty sharp. I made it almost full size so you can see details. 6000x4000


12:38 PM. See foam. Surf watching on a windy day. 2560x1440


12:41 PM. I think this is at 2:1 macro. The wind is blowing grains of sand around, I like how some are sharp and some are moving. 3000x2000


2:04 PM. Stay Bach! I went to visit my gramma for the first time in awhile. She's gotten both vaccine shots. Just turned 95. This was also taken with the new macro lens, it works well for portraits. 1800x1200


That's it. Nothing too amazing. It's clear outside today but I felt like staying home. The macro lens is a challenge to use, but it can take some really detailed photos.

What picture is your favorite?

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    February 7, 2021 6:33 AM

    Photo dump: Carbon River Road and Puget Sound on a windy day

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      February 7, 2021 6:36 AM

      Chatty preview.

      Sand! 6000x4000 resolution!

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      February 7, 2021 7:37 AM

      Money shot:

      Took that a few minutes ago.

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        February 7, 2021 8:45 AM

        Paging Amadan.

        This macro lens is pretty damn sharp.

        You should post more of your bug shots.

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          February 7, 2021 9:16 AM

          Nice shots, and nice place to go shoot!

          My main macro interest is arthropods, and the pickings are slim in the winter. As a blast from the past, here is a studio shot (dead critter) of a horsefly shot at about 2.5:1 magnification. 41 images shot with a stackshot automated rail, assembled in Zerene Stacker.

          The stacking setup evolved a lot, but it used to look like this, and still has the same framework.

          My favorite shot of the last couple of years was this Hanging Thief Robber Fly I shot on a trip. I take trips just to photograph bugs...

          I used to do a ton of landscape and bird photography, too, until I had a kid and my freedom to just take a full day for photography every weekend changed... a lot. This is actually why I got into macro. I could set up my backyard to find subjects. I could slip away for an hour, but not a day. Here's a hot I'm happy with from a trip to Hawaii in 2014.

          This was from the same trip, and some local was wading out at sunset with a fishing line setup of some kind.

          We actually got an inch or so of snow overnight, and I took my new drone up for some shots, and I'm still getting the hang of how to get attractive photo and video out of it. I've never gotten into video, but now I'm playing around with the free version of Davinci Resolve and enjoying it. It's a very different workflow. I'm very fluid with Lightroom / ACR, so it's tough to dip into a tool where I feel like I go from feeling like a brain surgeon, to like I have brain damage. Anyway, here's a photo looking toward the nearest neighborhood from my house.

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            February 7, 2021 9:19 AM

            Do you use an app or something to track what your settings are, since it's not in the EXIF?

            That is quite the setup you have, and it takes amazing shots.

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              February 7, 2021 9:30 AM

              My settings for what? Shots with the Laowa lens? I do get EXIF data from it, but the lens name is garbled (just a string of this weird cursive "F" looking character). But I get all of the other EXIF.

              If you mean for the focus stacking, all of the original shots that compose the stack have EXIF. I have spreadsheets and tables I used to determine the aperture, and step size for the focusing rail. The final stacked image doesn't have any EXIF in it because it's a composite, but the settings aren't so relevant by that time. The focus stacking stuff is really technical (or can be, if you want to go down the rabbit hole of pixel-sharp images of tiny things). A good community dedicated to it is here:
              Lots of very good people post there, both regular macro and studio work, focus stacked and not. If you want to learn too much about macro, I recommend these forums.

              Macro is very dependent on your lighting. Your diffuser is like a tiny photo studio of softboxes and reflectors that you build to your tastes, and attach to the front of your camera. Everybody I've met who does this stuff is constantly changing and adjusting their setup as their needs and tastes change. It's fun because it's got as many options as something like human studio portraiture. I apply a lot of the concepts I've learned about lighting human portraits to my bugs.

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                February 7, 2021 9:33 AM

                Oh yeah, the EF mount does have electronic aperture.

                How about to keep track of what macro strength? 1:1, etc.

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                  February 7, 2021 9:36 AM

                  For magnification I just remember and put it in the comments when I get back into Lightroom. I mostly don't worry about documenting magnification for field shots, but for studio focus stacks it's more interesting to note if it was 5:1 or 10:1 or whatever.

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              February 7, 2021 9:34 AM

              And to clarify, only the horsefly was shot with the stacking rig. The other bug shots (and most of my shots) are handheld in the field using the setup I posted last time.

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      February 7, 2021 9:24 AM

      Stay Bach!

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        February 7, 2021 9:30 AM

        Yes. She was a hymnologist or something like that. Worked on music, has her name in hymnals that she worked on.

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      February 7, 2021 9:39 AM

      LOL @ glorious hair showoff shot :D

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      February 7, 2021 9:44 AM

      Good stuff sir! I drove to that bridge in October, need to go back in the summer so I can try that 'ghost town' hike.

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      February 7, 2021 11:42 AM

      A couple wood carvings from Kenya (sticker on the bottom...)

      About 1:4 macro (not close, the big one is about 6 inches tall), f/11, 5 seconds.

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      February 7, 2021 1:44 PM

      The monochrome tree looks like a photo of some microscopic bacteria.

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      February 7, 2021 3:15 PM

      I stayed home, but I've been busy.

      A big crystal I found, but close-up.

      The setup.

      Better shot of the magical forest.

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        February 7, 2021 8:15 PM

        Crystal is dusty...I did try to wash it off, but not enough.

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      February 7, 2021 3:17 PM

      Front and back of a couple old coins. I might have posted these with the 1:2 macro. These are as close as I can get and still show the whole thing.

      1909 gold coin.

      1936 Liberty dime.

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      February 7, 2021 3:19 PM

      I found a pink taser at work. Got a picture of it.

      LED work light. 1/4000 of a second exposure.

      Sunflower seed.

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      February 7, 2021 3:22 PM

      Manolo Blahnik heels. $1000 new. Damnit I'm going to have to redo these to show the high heels.

      Christian Louboutin sneakers. $3000 new. Swarovski crystals.

      That's it.

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      February 7, 2021 9:54 PM

      One of the only things I hate about living in BC is how hard it is to access the open Pacific ocean coast line. You basically have to take a ferry to Vancouver island and then drive for like 5 hours through the mountains.

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