Frozen ants

posted on 2012.12.30, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Photos

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It had been raining for 3 days straight.  The ants had invaded the house.

I took a small dish and filled it with about 1/8 inch of water and put it in the freezer.  I then let a several hundred ants climb onto a piece paper.  Once the water was frozen, the paper was held over the ice and the ants that fell to the ice seemed to freeze almost instantly.  I did not expect such immediate results.

63 photos were assembled to get the above photo.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100MM MACRO 2.8
Helicon Focus Software

pincher bugs or earwigs

posted on 2012.12.25, under insects, Macro, Photos, Uncategorized

It was not a happy moment.  Three earwigs were extracted from the back yard and put into a glass jar.  I tried to take their photo, but they just wouldn’t remain still, not even for a second.  I finally got this idea, to stick them in the freezer for a few minutes.  After several attempts of 5 minutes, 7 minutes and 10 minutes in the freezer, I still wanted them to move slower.  I put the earwigs in the freezer and watched an episode of “Breaking Bad” (HBO TV series).  When I pulled the earwigs out of the freezer, they were dead.

You can see moisture on the pincher bugs back.  The bugs legs folded under their body, a trait I have seen from other insects when they die.

Both of these photos were assembled using the “focus stacking” technique.  I think it was 11 photos each.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens

Cleveland Art Museum

posted on 2012.12.14, under Uncategorized

The Cleveland Art Museum has a huge entry, with fabulous light.  This shot was a no brainer.

ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/160

Canon 5D Mark III
Zeiss 50mm Macro  


Federal Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio

posted on 2012.12.13, under Uncategorized


ISO 400, f/22, 1/100

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1000

Both of these photos were shot with the Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 14mm.

I shot this photo of the Federal Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio at 12pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2012.  The building is the work place for approximately 4,000 federal employees.  During the 20 minutes I moved around the building snapping photos, I did not see a single person exit, enter or walk near the building.

After snapping approximately 50 photos, homeland security approached me and asked me, “what are you shooting”.  I told the officer, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and proceeded to show him all 50 photos.   After showing him all the photos, he asked if I would go back to the photos of the buildings with the leaves in the foreground (the pictures above).  He said, “I like those 2 pictures.

The officer was kind.  He shared a story about a Korean photographer that was detained the previous month for taking pictures of the courthouse.  When they asked to see the Korean photographers ID, he presented a passport belonging to another individual.  I did not get the conclusion of this tory, but I don’t think it’s good to present fake ID to homeland security.



posted on 2012.12.12, under Canon 5D Mark III, Flash

I used a shooting tent, and 2 Canon speedlites.  The dog is part Chihuahua and part Basenji.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 8-15mm lens
ISO 100, 11mm, f/6.3, 1/160

Pacquiao Marquez 4 with the Canon EOS-M

posted on 2012.12.08, under canon eos-m

The Canon EOS-M was easy to get into the fight.  This camera is small.  I even asked one of the security people if my camera was legal to bring into the fight.  She said, as long as the camera was not bigger than 3 inches.  I don’t know what that means, but this is what the fight looks like with the 22mm native lens.

I snapped this photo a few seconds after the brutal KO punch from Marquez.  The crowd was deafening and very pleased with the Marquez victory.

Ring side seats cost $6,400.  A guy sitting next to me told me that Pacquiao got 25m and Marquez got 5m for the fight.

Canon EOS-M
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2
ISO 200, f/2, 1/160


A photo from round 5, that has been cropped slightly, to a 16:9 aspect ratio.  Same settings as previous photo.  If you zoom in, you can see Paquiao’s punch to Marquez’s throat.


The Mosquito Eater that stood still

posted on 2012.12.04, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, insects, Macro, Uncategorized

It was midnight.  I was finishing up some editing and just about to call it a night, when this guy flew onto my keyboard.
I quickly set up 2 Canon Speedlites and 2 continous lights.  The talent (the mosquito eater) was placed on a roll of toilet paper and the photo shoot began.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm Macro 2.8

ISO 100, f/8, 1/160


5 great pictures in a life time

posted on 2012.12.02, under Other People's Videos, Video

Watch this short video about a project with a 35 foot camera, that captures vanishing cultures, and a photographer that sets the bar high - Dennis Manarchy