Category Archives: Macro

Thomas Shahan’s macro photography

Adult Male Jumping Spider at Sunset - Phidippus mystaceus

Adult Male Jumping Spider at Sunset – Phidippus mystaceus

I saw the above video of Thomas Shahan’s work on this morning.

Not only do I love Thomas’s photographic work but the narration of the video is spot on about photographic process. He really walks the walk and he’s got a great attitude for any kind of photography.

Here’s his site: Thomas Shahan. Here’s Thomas Shahan’s photostream on flickr. Here’s his YouTube channel.

Yes, Thomas has great images of spiders but there’s a lot more to this guy than macro photography. Dig around and you’ll find guitars, basset hounds, and more.

Queen Anne’s Lace from underneath

Queen Anne's Lace from underneath

Macricostas Preserve, Steep Rock. Washington, Connecticut. Went back to the same tall Queen Anne’s lace plant today with 5D and 100mm macro lens both of which I’m out of practice using. I think the shots with deeper focus are better but I somehow liked the shallow depth of field and blur in this one and the detail in the undercarriage of the plant. Best to return again and keep trying.

Today I had a group of great people with me, the new “Steep Rock Photo Club” or whatever we’re going to call it. Fun to get out with a group of nice folks and do some shooting. I hope we continue to meet up.

Small Worlds

Small Worlds

The Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition recently announced its list of winners for 2010. The competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Peering into the small worlds of animal, plants and minerals using many techniques and different instruments, this year’s entries brought us images of crystalline formations, fluorescent body parts, cellular structures and more, valuable for both their beauty and insight.

Alan Taylor at The Big Picture is one of the best image editors in the business. This collection is first rate as are almost all of his collections at the site.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Sharon, Connecticut. The Sharon Audubon Center has over twenty injured raptors that we love to visit from time to time. The bald eagle is magnificent as are the great horned owls.

This summer, on our way to the raptor cages we passed a small butterfly garden and given that we had some rented camera gear with us we figured we’d spend some time there.

This was shot, handheld, with a rented Canon 1D IV and my macro lens. I thought this camera might be too big and heavy for me but in fact, it’s a joy to use and feels quite good in hand. The images it can produce in the right hands (not mine) are stellar and I can see why it’s been a popular camera.


Ice crystals

This first batch was taken this winter with a Canon G11 camera on a hike in the Woodbury Audubon Center, Woodbury, Connecticut.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

The last two were taken this winter with a Canon G11 in the Pine Swamp beaver pond near Cornwall, Connecticut.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

Macro view of fall leaves

Ash Leaf

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This is a collection of images taken of fall leaves from a variety of trees around our house in the past few years. I’ll add more to this collection later this fall.

All of these images were done with a Canon EOS 5D camera and almost all of them were done with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. A tripod and remote shutter release was used.

Because the leaves curl and because I wanted to shoot them with back light, I made a jig to hold them which consisted of two small pieces of mat board with a small rectangle cut out of the middle (about 1.5 inches by 1 inch) so that a leaf could be sandwiched in. This “sandwich” is then clamped together and hung so that I can shoot straight at it with natural light coming in from behind. The key is to get the rig absolutely parallel to the front of the lens (I used a level) so that the leaf would be in focus edge to edge. In macro photography, even stopped way down, depth of field is very shallow so the more one can take care of these things in setup the better.

I hope to repeat this technique this year with my new 5D Mk II and maybe a newer macro lens. Stay tuned.