Category Archives: floral

Inside Red Macro Photography

Focus Stacking | Inside a red flower

I bought this flower at a local flower shop along with a few other flowers but this flower was not open and presented little to photograph. However, after a few days of sitting in the container, it opened and I couldn’t pass it up as a candidate for focus stacking.

This image is a combination of five images focused from back to front then combined in Helicon Focus. I used the Olympus OMD E-M1MarkII and the Olympus 60mm macro lens. The water drops are a combination of water and glycerin sprayed on the flower to create dimension. Although the E-M1MarkII has IBIS, I use a tripod when doing focus stacking. It makes it easier for me to compose and reduces camera shake when I need to go to a slower shutter speed.

Some post processing work done in Photoshop and Topaz labs.


Recommendation for Topaz Labs and affiliate link: I highly recommend Topaz labs and they have a special until the end of June 2017.

New Free Features added as of 1.0.7:
– HEALING TOOL (we’ve added healing to the program and it’s available in the Tools toolbar on the right)
– Image rotation and flip
– More clear differentiation between free and pro adjustments (free or owned adjustments now have a blue icon)
– Better integrations with Plugins (Owned plugins are available automatically through the plugins menu upon install)
– Tons of minor bug fixes

We’re also working on a number of new features in the next minor update (which should be released in July) including
– Ability to save PSD-like Topaz Documents, so you can continue working later
– White balance picker in the Basic Adjustment to make color balancing simple
– Color pickers added to each relevant area
– Automatic Lens correction for more lenses with Raw images
– Social sharing of images directly to Facebook
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Also posted in flowers, Inspirational Art, macro, mirrorless camera, mirrorless photographer, Olympus, OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Macro Photography and a different look

Alien or Bird of Prey

Alien or bird of prey?


Your photography is an extension of you and what you see in life. What I really like about macro and close-up photography is it reveals a world that too often we miss or ignore. This is a very close image of an orchid. When looking at this with the ‘naked’ eye, this look doesn’t automatically jump out at you. However, when viewing through a macro lens, the image takes on a different look which is fun and exciting.

Have fun with your photography and journey in life!

Enjoy photography, life, and the world we live in!

Life, love, laughter!

Technical info

Olympus E-M1MarkII | 60 MM Macro Lens | Kenko Extension tubes | f/5 – 1/8 second – ISO 200 | Manfrotto Tripod


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Believe | Belief | DO

Believe | Belief | DO


Colorful flower pedals

I am a fan of colorful flowers as they ‘dry-up’. It appears their color changes and it seems as if the textures and ‘skin’ become translucent similar to what happens as we age. Maybe it is my hope that we get ‘better’ with age and add value to the world with each year. Regardless why, I find it fascinating to photograph flowers, leaves, and other parts of nature as they say goodbye.
The flower pedals were placed on a back-lit drawing table and photographed with enough back lighting to cause the beautiful veins of the leaves to show off.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines believe as:

To expect or hope with confidence; to trust. To have a firm persuasion of any thing. In some cases, to have full persuasion, approaching to certainty;

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Matthew 21:22 . . ., whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Ps.27.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
— Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

Belief |Believe | Believer

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
For the technical – Nikon D7100 – Tamron 90mm macro – f/36 | ISO 100 | 1 second exposure | Acratech Ballhead |
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Roses and Thorns

Roses and Thorns

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr

I am a fan of roses (if you couldn’t tell by now 😀 )

The textures and colors in a rose continues to change as it goes through the stages of its life. In this rose, I let it dry out for a few weeks then added LED lighting to enhance the tones and contrast. I had one person describe it as ‘very emotional image’.

I would agree but then every rose is emotional to me. The pedals are translucent and textured at the same time. Based on the light, I see many colors in each pedal. Almost like a PRISM does with light, a rose does the same thing in my eyes. Maybe it is the way I see light and color but I see colors and textures change with the light source.





I am now selling my fine art on Fine Art America {listed below}.

Roses and Thorns is available now

Art Prints

I plan to create a full line of inspirational cards in boxed sets. Please watch the site for more information about this purchase option.


“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr
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Valentine Poem

While walking among the rose bushes this beautiful Valentine’s day, I found this perfect rose with a light sprinkling of dew on the edges. The sun was perfect casting a beautiful warm glow. With not even a slight breeze to cause the flower to move. (okay – truth be told – I am thankful for flower shops who sell perfect roses – from Posies by Patti, Ellwood City

Valentine Poem

Roses are Red

Roses are Red – Violets are Blue – Agave is Sweet – ILUVU2


Roses are red

Violets are blue

Agave is sweet

& I luvU2


I searched way too long for great roses are red or Valentine poems. I then altered my search for love poems and more and found a few great poems about love and Valentine’s day





I asked God

I asked God for a flower, he gave me a bouquet

I asked God for a minute, he gave me a day

I asked God for true love, he gave me that too

I asked for an angel and he gave me you.

Some goofy

Roses are red, but there are also pink, white and yellow varieties. Violets aren’t blue, they’re violet, hence the name. I’ve got OCD. And my poetry skills are also lacking.

Some nice

  •  Rose are red, violets are blue Love never crossed my mind until the day that I met you
  •  Roses are red. Violets are blue. Angels in heaven Remind me of you!
  •  Roses are Red, Violets are Blue I feel so lost, unless I’m with you!
Valentine Poem

Enjoy a dinner together

Then a Valentine poem by a ‘kid’ – for fun

OK, now you’re ready to get into a fun, creative session. Start off with a “fill in the blank” poetry completion exercise. Pick one of the colors on your list, say “pink.” Recite the following stanza, then fill in the blank at the end.

Violets are blue.

Roses are pink.

Put on your shoes,

your feet really ____.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

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