Macro Stabilization Tips

posted on 1st of april, 2011

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The American Toad - Bufo americanus is a quite common species in the Midwest. This charming looking fellow happened to be the cream of the crop, magnificent eyes and very willing to work with me. On this particular day, when this photo was taken, I came upon something I had never witnessed before. The flood waters of the Vermilion River had retracted leaving the lowlands covered with shallow pools. It was early morning and I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was actually not dreaming about the hundreds of toads mating in the calm river pools. Personally, I had never seen a toad in water - ever! And to see so many congregated in one area was surreal. So, out of hundreds of shots from that morning I liked this the best.
I enjoy macro photography above all. I consider myself a well-...

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Posted by Laurasinelle on April 01, 2011
Great blog, thanks for sharing!
Posted by lzf on April 01, 2011
nice pic

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Tips On Underwater Macro Aquatic Photography

posted on 7th of april, 2011

Photographing underwater subjects can be tricky, at sometimes nearly impossible. Instead of taking my camera under the murky depths, I bring the subjects up and place them into a special small portable aquarium I built with a plastic bottom and ultra thin glass walls. The rear glass is a special non-glare glass, which not only cuts back on glare but blurs out the backgrounds that I either paint or create by placing natural objects behind. For objects on the bottom as props, such as drift wood, I drill metal screws into the wood and place a magnet I salvaged from a speaker box underneath. It holds down the buoyant wood and I can change them at will so not all my photos look the same.
Shooting on location is nice, but there usually is too much gear to carry. I take the subjects home,...

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Posted by Crookid on April 13, 2011
wasn't going to comment, but if you want to attack someone there are plenty of pet stores abound. and your salt water photographs are great, but have you ever dived into a four foot deep Midwest pond? yeah... so, even as there are thousands upon thousands of frogs being dissected even as i write this, i don't think a day in the life of a tadpole will change the price of gasoline in the world... or maybe it has! for this i give my deepest apologies. some people are not in this for the money... but some, like you have to protect your best interests.
Posted by Kelpfish on April 10, 2011
Also appreciate the fact that you take care of the eco balance. . . . . a very important thing for all nature photographers to remember. - posted by Joezachs on April 07, 2011

^ Untrue. By removing animals from their natural habitats you are introducing a level of stress that can, in many cases, kill the very animals he is photographing. I've been doing professional underwater photography for over 30 years and I can tell you that this kind of photographic activity would be frowned upon significantly in the underwater photography industry. A few years ago National Geographic's David Doubilet photographed some nudibranchs underwater on a light table to get a pure white background with a colorful snail. He then put the nudibranchs (snails) back but that was enough to net an industry outroar for which he had to try to defend himself on a post shoot basis. Why? Because he was moving animals from their natural habitat for "the shot" with little regard for the animal.

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Posted by Almaterra on April 10, 2011
Very interesting information!

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