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Framers Friday: Black & White

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Here is what I wrote:

Also known as the Garden Spider or Writing Spider. 

It started to gently rain one morning when it dawned on me that the garden spider who set up her home up high on the eaves of the house and porch would make a nice B&W picture. I grabbed my tripod, camera, and macro lens and went outdoors. I realized my tripod would not go high enough for me to get a decent shot of the spider. I grabbed three 5-gallon buckets, turned them upside-down and placed my tripod on top of them. I used a stepstool to look at the viewfinder to carefully aim at the tiny spider. This was a dangerous endeavor considering I was partially on uneven ground. I would not recommend this unless you’re determined to get that nice shot. Tag me if you want to see the picture I took of the setup.

I do want to add the following:

Do not do as I do.  It was extremely dangerous not only for myself but also for the camera. Nothing was very stable. And, it was still gently raining when I did this.  (I used a lens hood to protect the glass from the rain). One little mistake would have been costly either to the camera or myself.  With that said, all ended well.

Would I do this again? Probably not. It was a lot of work getting it all set up just right not to mention my nerves were shot after all was said and done.

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Framers’ Friday: Upside Down

My apologies for two posts in one day.  With all that’s been happening in my life, I completely forgot to do Framers’ Friday. So, I’m doing it on a Monday.

Looking-Glass World

Here is what I wrote:

The is an element of a camera lens. My husband had one that went kaput years ago and he took it apart and saved the elements. When I first attempted to shoot using this item, I was surprised by the results. I did not expect the background to be so close and the upside-down world to look so far. So, the second time I went out to shoot, I set up my area further away than the first. The sun was coming up a little on the harsh side by the time I finally had everything positioned correctly and landed a shot I wanted. It’s not perfect; but, I’m happy with the result. I learned much through this effort.

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