Klaus – An inspirational photographer, mentor, and friend to so many

You will be missed my friend… I will make certain you are thought of every time I am fortunate enough to watch the sun both rise and fall and will never take those moments for granted…

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Klaus – An inspirational photographer, mentor, and friend to so many

The golden hour was approaching one late afternoon while shooting with Klaus and Dennis. I am happy to have these photos to rekindle that photowalk, the conversation, the laughter, and the memories.

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Using softbox outside for the first time

Went to Okeeheelee and used a softbox, monolight, and a DC battery.

Ordered a wireless sync that apparently was only meant for AC operation and found myself struggling to use the optical slave on the monolight. I had no idea the optical slave was next to useless in direct sunlight.

I felt like a contortionist trying to cup the slave with me left hand and swivel my canon 580ex flash sideways in the direction of the slave!

Needless to say I ordered another wireless trigger more suitable for DC operation…

 

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Aphid Day Care



Aphid Day Care, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

Jim (sjim2004) noticed this bull ant tending to a cluster of aphids at loxahatchee. The bull ant provides protection, nurtures, and grooms the aphids while it feeds off the sweet honeydew collected from the aphids (sometimes referred to as milking).

Aphids themselves are defenseless. Their relationship with this bull ant is keeping them safe from lady beetles and other predators.

“Trying” to hide



"Trying" to hide, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

This spider was well hidden within the fold of a leaf. People always ask macro shooters how small insects are found with such frequency. If you want to maximize your time shooting you must scan individual leaves (front and back) and look in areas that are not very accessible. Often times you will find insects either hiding waiting to ambush prey or well camouflaged insects blending in with their surroundings.

It also helps to shoot with a friend shooting macro. It’s amazing how many subjects can be spotted by multiple people.

:HINT: :COUGH: Come on Jim / Alan – We have to go out and have a macrothon. Having the three of us scouring an area should yield a ton of photo opportunities.