macro photography, black & white, spider Philippines

I’m Thinking This Works Best In Black & White?

Macro photography is an art unto itself. Black and white macro is still more of a specialized artistic niche. This old man has mastered neither. But I enjoy both.

The Old Man

frog, wisdom, macro photography, Philippines

Hunter Or Hunted~ Knowing The Difference Is Wisdom

Less than a minute after this macro shot the frog decided she was not the hunter. One jump and she was safely hid in the lemon grass. She had the wisdom and used it well.

The Old Man

macro photography, black & white, back-lit, spiders web

Pick One

There are times in all our lives when our world resembles this back-lit macro shot of a spiders web. A million possible paths with no hint of the best one. May this old man make a suggestion? Pick one and start moving. If you don’t like where it’s taking you… try another one.

The Old Man

Fujifilm S4200, close-up, Cicada

We Are Living In A Time That Praises Ignorance ~ That’s A Pity

The Old Man, black & white, portrait

Whoever wins we all lose

Ignorance is bliss, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, down with the educated elite! You have all heard, read or said one or more of the above quotes. There is a myth found in every democracy about the benefits of ignorance and the harmful effects of education.

This is why foul-mouthed, war mongering, fear inducing, big-mouthed tiny brained politicians are coming to power in every democracy on the planet.

Allow me to show you the basic flaw in the theory ‘ignorance is bliss’.

Take a look at the two Cicada shots just below this paragraph. The one with the time stamp was the first Cicada shot I took. It’s not a bad shot.  Matter of fact it received praise from members of CiC who later would become my mentors.  But it just can’t compare to the second shot. I took the second shot about a week ago. Three years after the first one. Three years of study, practice, thought, effort, and finding the resources to get better equipment to match my increased knowledge and understanding that my efforts had produced. I don’t believe that ignorance is bliss. I believe ignorance is the mother and father of second-rate garbage.

The Old Man

tree spider, macro photography, very slow shutter, Philippines

Big F/ Really Slow Shutter ~ Great Spider Shots ~ Thank You Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams would when appropriate use a slow shutter speed matched to an appropriate F/ to gather as much detail in his shots as possible. His technique also works well with macro photography using digital gear.

The Old Man