Monthly Archives: April 2011

Canon releases firmware update for the 7D

Canon has just released a firmware update Version 1.2.5 for the 7D.

Click here for the link and download

Posted in 7D, News

Maple Leaf Emerging (Macro)

Unfurling Maple Leaves
Canon 7d – 24 to 70 f2.8 26 image focus stack
Exposure triad:  ISO 100 f5.6 1/25 sec

Spring seems to be in the air.  The azaleas are blooming and the maple leaves are emerging.  With the slight rain last night the ornamental maple looked gorgeous this morning. This is a stacked macro of a set of leaves unfurling.

Posted in 7D, Macro, Stacked Image

Nikon releases a firmware update for the D7000

Nikon has released a firmware update for the D7000 that fixes a noise reduction issue and other known bugs.

Click here for the link

Posted in News

Maximize Photoshop CS5 Performance

Here is a white paper published by Adobe on optimizing and enhancing Photoshop CS5 performance


Posted in Uncategorized


Canon 7D , 24 – 70 2.8
Exposure triad:  ISO 200, F16, 1/13 sec
Have been shooting images for my presentation and workshop in July.  This andromeda looked ideal for some texture. So here it is.
Posted in 7D, Photographs

Anther and Filament of a Maple Flower

Anther & Filament of a Maple Flower
Canon 7D, 100 mm Macro with a 1.4x teleconverter and two full sets of extension tubes for a total of 136mm extension.

This is an image of one of the anthers of the maple flower from the image posted yesterday.  Macro done well can be so much fun.  Mirror lock up and twenty five images at f2.8 stacked using Helicon Focus.

Posted in 7D, Macro, Photographs, Stacked Image

Macro – Maple Flower Stack

Maple Flower Macro

Canon 7D, 100mm Macro lens
Exposure triad: ISO 100, f5.6. 1/3 sec.

Macro experiments – this is a 20 image stack of this maple flower.  Used Helicon Focus to do the stack.  The depth (front to back of the image) is 7/16 inch while the flower is about 1/4 inch.  The magnification is approximately 1.6X.  The image has absolutely no post processing or sharpening applied.

Posted in 7D, Macro, Photographs, Stacked Image

Beech Tree – Textured

Beech Tree – Backlit Leaves

While walking through the woods in my back yard I spotted this beech tree with just a few leaves that had not shed last fall. (We have a number of beech trees that did not shed.)  Noticing the backlit leaves I captured this and then in post  added texture and edge treatment  using layers and blends. I found the simplicity captivating.

Posted in 7D, Photographs

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Canon 7D, 70 – 200 f2.8 IS
Exposure triad: ISO 3200, F8, 1/640 sec.

Walked out this dull overcast dreary morning on my deck to see this nuthatch.  Liked the pose and the slightly open beak.  This is the first year we are getting the Red Breasted Nuthatch in our back yard.  Having shot this at ISO 3200 I used Nik Define 2.0 to clean up the background.

Posted in ISO 3200, Noise Reduction, Photographs

NECCC Conference

The New England Camera Club Council will be holding its annual conference this July from Friday the 15 through the 17th.  It is one of the finest photography events with a typical attendance of nearly 1,500 photographers from all over the world.  From photo opportunities, to showcase presentations and a whole slew of educational programs.  An event worth every penny.

I will be doing a portfolio review on Friday morning and then two programs during the conference.  One on macro photography and one on flower photography. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Click here for more details and to register.

Posted in Educational