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Winter Wonderland 

How many times does it snow in the South? MAYBE once or twice a year. 

Fresh falling snow is an unicorn moment for macro photographers, including amateurs like me. 

This time, I was prepared. 

  • A platform with dark fleece left outside to be at ambient temperature. 
  • Down hooded coat, fingerless gloves & snow pants and snow boots to keep me warm
  • Heated beanbag (for me and the phone)
  • Small tripod and macro len on camera/phone. 

I goofed with the phone. It shutdown after 10 mins from the cold.  Recharging it gave me time to evaluate the first batch of pictures.  Out of focus and snowflake selection were issues, leaving only a few are saved. 

The white ones weren’t very interesting. You can’t see much detail. They look like they have frost on them. So next time, find more interesting snowflakes. 




And fortunately, it continued to come down and I had a second chance. 

Last bit of advise…Slip the phone next to the heated bean bag between shots, to keep it from shutting down and my hands warmer. 

And last last bit of advise…patience. 

Next time I might try velvet or velveteen for the background. 

I had so much fun! 





Technical information: 

  • Camera- iPhone 6 Plus default camera, olloclip 15x lens, cheap/useless mini-tripod. 
  • Background- Black fleece, glass pie plate
  • Editing app-Snapseed free version. All the snowflake pictures were edited for contrast, rotated & cropped. 

I JUSTED learned about winter sowing seeds. I’ll post about it next week. Right now I’m waiting for seeds ordered from Southern Exposure

Just in time for crazy weather change from the 20s to 60s.

Late Christmas Present to Myself 

My early Christmas present to myself came late, last weekend. 

It was a Kickstarter campaign from Olloclip that I contributed to way back in July or August. I found out about it through blogs on photography. You should be able to purchase the lens now. I’m not going into any photographic review mode here.  I’m a qualified amateur with one college level class a  zillion years ago. 

I’ve been wanting a macro lens since the good old days of SLRs and film, but could never justify the expense of new lens and other equipment needed. Way back then, you needed a lot more stuff, good lighting, tripod, etc. 

There are other len attachments companies for the iPhone. But most don’t work with a case. Being a klutz, I need a case and screen protector. (I’ve already replaced the screen protector twice due to klutziness.)

The Olloclip Kickstarter campaign was for the production of a whole package called the Mobile Studio System, case, lens, & other accessory attachments.

I have only played with a few things. The case went on right away. The 4in1 lens took a bit of figuring out. I don’t plan to use the fisheye lens much, so that will be stored for later. 

So far so good. 

Unfortunately, the lens do not fit over my screen protector. I’ll have to McGyver something to protect my screen from scratches & cracks. 

cracked screen protector

 
Otherwise, the lens are easy and fun play. Only one minor issue, they are not marked. m I am always guessing which is which. Easy enough to remedy.  

Here are some early experiments with the two macro lens, 10x and 15x. I plan to play more outside with warmer weather. Focus is my current problem. These were all handheld shots in natural light. 

Winter dandelion

  

Calligraphy practice

  

Striped garter stitch

 
 

Lemon for tea

 

Chat with you next week.