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eelcovanroden PRO
 
eelcovanroden February 01, 2017
Amazing how you composed this, beautiful!
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ricklecompte February 01, 2017
You are most kind! I had a pile of them and this one was far left toward the light and called me :-). Merci again
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cyndimccoun March 27, 2017
voted....
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ricklecompte March 27, 2017
Thanks Cyndi !
billwagner
 
billwagner June 29, 2017
very nice - tack sharp
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ricklecompte June 29, 2017
Thanks Bill, Tripod - manual focus - timer release - Sony everything
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JenniferLynPhotographyAZ July 07, 2017
Love the composition and the fact that it is a black and white Macro. Outstanding!
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ricklecompte July 07, 2017
Merci Jenny. The B&W draws one's attention to the form itself, doesn't it. Thanks for noticing. Hope you read the "Behind the Lens" piece at the very bottom of the image's page where I go into greater detail about it. Again, thanks so much. Rick
Neckbone
 
Neckbone November 14, 2017
Great shot!
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ricklecompte November 15, 2017
Thanks a bunch. It is one of my all time favorites too!
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kathyk_abq February 08, 2018
Great composition and textures - love it!
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ricklecompte February 09, 2018
Comments are most appreciated, Kathy. It was one of those fun things we all do - or should :-) Hope you saw the full description at the very bottom of the page.
annetteflottwell PRO+
 
wonderfully composed
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ricklecompte Oct 11
Merci Annette, I hope you had a chance to read the "Behind the Lens" on the way way bottom of the page. Again, thanks. Rick

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image next to a window at my house. The 'base' is a hunk of material that had long straight slightly raised ridges. I thought it might turn out to be an accent to the roundness of the awakening nut
Time
I had found a bunch (100s) of these nuts where I parked my car in a lot. I saw them but was running right on time for an appointment. During the hurry up and wait at my annual check-up. I kept thinking about them so I had no trouble remembering to gather them when I returned to my car. I looked thru the scattering and picked out about 15 that had kinda different looks and variety of openness.
Lighting
I often shoot by the natural light of this north facing window. It is soft and large. I moved the nut around so that there was a shadow to give it 'depth' but not too much as to darken the entire insides
Equipment
I shot this off a Manfrotto tripod with my Sony A7m2 and a 24-240 lens. I used a timer to set off the shutter because this close and this slow, I wanted to make sure that there was no external vibration. I did not even walk around. I was probably holding my breath. Still is what I wanted .. I guess as in the phrase "Still Life"
Inspiration
Spring is in the air here in southern Louisiana. I have been on the lookout for new growth, new signs of life returning to Mother Earth. When I saw them all, destined I am sure to being mowed, I wanted to preserve that quality of simplicity is the start to something mighty. It 'felt' like new life and wanted to share it with others.
Editing
I shoot in RAW, process with Adobe Camera Raw at 16 bit, take in into PS CC. I converted to B&W in ps and made standard adjustments, a hint of sharpening on the open point tips and darkened the edges of the image to draw the eye inward, but little else.
In my camera bag
I carry very little but I always carry my camera. I have a Sony a7Rii, a sony A7mii that I take in case there is a specific thing I am going to shoot so I have a back up. I carry a smaller tripod than the Manfrotto mentioned above although it rarely comes out of the car. Camera cases, batteries (lots), and a polarizing filter
Feedback
It is said, "The whole of life is in the verb seeing". I agree 100%. The best habit to get into is to see, not look. Always carry your camera! There are miniature worlds at your feet, there are the vast expanses of sweeping landscapes, and a thousand millions of things inbetween. See the world. See the life around you. See the beauty that is there in the simplest of things and the most complex of things, the details and the forms, the light and the shadow ... but develope the habit to SEE.

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