Getting Down (Part 2)

Ahem. You can stop waiting now.  It’s time to resume our quiet little walk in the woods, looking at the smaller things, getting down to more of a bug’s eye view.  It’s not bad down here…

For those who are just now joining the hike, without having burned the visual calories associated with vicariously hiking part one, here’s the backstory in a breath.  Last winter I acquired a new (to me) 105mm macro telephoto lens, and had the chance to hike a newly reopened trail in the Columbia Gorge with my wife and some friends.  The trail had been closed due to fire damage for over a year.

Oh, and if you’re really new to the site, I tend to take pictures and tell stories about them – hopefully in a more interesting way than “we went here, then we went there, etc.”  We’re going easy on the story this time around.  I mean really, who wants constant yammering in their ear whilst out enjoying the quiet and solitude of nature?

Let’s walk, shall we?

(Click any picture for a larger view)




Note: not a thumbprint on the lens.  Tree rings, in black and white.










Er, hey, what’s this?  It ain’t macro.  It’s barely a photograph.

Ok, ok, I cheated. A little. In part one I even insinuated I ignored the epic vistas in the Columbia Gorge, suggesting I was always looking down.  Obviously, that’s not entirely true.  I fired this one off on the cellphone while heading back down the trail and used one of my various software tools to give it a painterly look.

And what’s worse, even though I think it’s kind of cool, I’m using it as clickbait.  Part One didn’t drag in many viewers beyond the regular crew (thanks, guys and gals), and I figure it’s featured picture of a couple of leaves might not have triggered the excitement meter.   This one might at least get an “er, hey, what’s this?”


36 thoughts on “Getting Down (Part 2)

  1. Hey Dave, this is a great album. When I first glanced at the pics on my phone, I thought the B&W was one of those, um, not cassettes, not 8-tracks, ah, oh yeah, “records,” that’s what they were called. I’m enjoying these macro pictures, and the bronze fern fronds the best.

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    1. I have several programs that can do painterly effects, but the one I used for this is called Topaz Studio. They’ve just updated their product to a version that has all their functionality for a full fee price ($79), but you can still get their old version for free. That has most of the functionality, but for some of the functions you had to buy the “pro” version, which let you fine tune changes. (You can’t upgrade those functions anymore, you have to buy Topaz Studio 2). Frankly, on the occasions I used it I usually found the presets sufficient. You can also do basic editing with it, in addition to the effects.

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  2. I have been enjoying your macro work – and in general, enjoy your photography – but immediately was struck by the “painting” both at the top and at the bottom in its full form. I know nothing about Topaz Studio, but I am sure the composition was not created by a program: it is beautiful.

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  3. The macros are very nicely done, again. They have a fresh feeling. But this time, the “painterly effect” image got my attention. I don’t usually like effects of that type, but something about this one works. All the different colors are subtle enough, and the whole thing hangs together. I read through the comments, knowing I came late enough so that someone would have asked, so I know it’s Topaz. Thanks for explaining!

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    1. I think the composition is the secret on the “painting”. It happened kind of fast and I had to grab the cell phone to get it rather than dig for the “real” camera and change lenses. I have no “real” painting talent so this is as close as I can come.

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  4. Ahhh… utterly beautiful macros! I struggle with ’em because… wind, hand trembles, aversion to tripods. There’s probably more, but, oh well! 😉


    1. I’m not a big fan of tripods either. Fortunately I have a fairly steady hand, especially if I have something to lean against. Wind is a tough one. There are gadgets, but I usually try the patience method.


      1. At a ripe old approaching 77 my hands aren’t as steady as they once were. But I gave up on perfect pixels quite some time ago! Patience has often been in rather short supply as well! 🤨

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