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For image licensing or print inquiries contact James Markus at jmarkus@photomatter.com

For image licensing or print inquiries contact James Markus at jmarkus@photomatter.com
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Awards

Honorable Mention in Macro Inanimate Photo Contest
Runner Up in Macro Captures Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Anything Fire Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Lapse Of Time Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Experimental Photography Project
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Peer Award
Outstanding Creativity
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Superb Composition
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Superior Skill
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Top Ranks

Macro Inanimate Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Macro Inanimate Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Tech Wonders Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Tech Wonders Photo ContestTop 30 rank week 2
Tech Wonders Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 1
Creative Boundaries Photo ContestTop 30 rank week 1
Color Explorer Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Color Explorer Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Macro Captures Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Macro Captures Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
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photographyawards2020Top 10 rank week 1
The Human Touch Photo ContestTop 10 rank
The Human Touch Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Moving Fast And Quick Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Moving Fast And Quick Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Movement Photo Contest Speed SeriesTop 20 rank
Lapse Of Time Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Lapse Of Time Photo ContestTop 30 rank week 1
Experimental Photography ProjectTop 10 rank
Showing Movement Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Experimental Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Fast Moving Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Fast Moving Photo ContestTop 30 rank week 1

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deekaycee Platinum
 
deekaycee February 02, 2021
Love this photo! Congrats on being named a photo contest runner-up!
beingsalmankhan
 
beingsalmankhan February 02, 2021
Congratulations!
DAsEye PRO+
 
DAsEye March 06, 2021
Great shot
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller June 19, 2022
Congratulations and very cool shot
JRyan80 Platinum
 
JRyan80 June 22, 2022
Congratulations on your honorary mention in the inanimate macro contest!! What a creative shot!! Nicely done!
lindiekolver PRO
 
lindiekolver July 05, 2022
Great macro !
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Behind The Lens

Location
In my Studio on a product light table I built.
Time
3:00:25 PM
Lighting
Single main left, and a reflector front right.
Equipment
Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 60mm f2.8 afd micro lens - 90mm effective focal length due to crop sensor. Alien Bee 800 with a softbox, I either used a popup white reflector, or a piece of white foam core board. (can't remember)
Inspiration
My youngest son was at that playing with matches stage, and I needed extra hands to capture this image. I fixed the kitchen match box to the table, and had him strike matches slowly for about two hours straight. He needed to freeze the match head on the striker as soon as ignition began so that the match stick would be sharp. I think it satisfied his need to play with matches. :-) I know it got me the image I was aiming to capture.
Editing
I imaged from a raw file to an adobe 98 color space jpg. I applied a global black point adjustment on the background, and painted it in with the history brush. (This is in Photoshop) I think I tried to increase the highlight detail a bit.
In my camera bag
Cameras, lenses, filters, adapters, popup reflectors, batteries, flash (if I'm not using studio strobes), triggers, receivers, extra disks etc
Feedback
Plan it out. What DOF would work best? What shutter speed, and/or f-stop would be best? Put your camera in manual mode! What degrees kelvin would be the best white balance? Shoot a bunch of test shots. Once you have the technical aspects dialed in work on your composition with even more test shots. Be brutal in your image culling process.

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