Posts tagged ‘macro’

October 2, 2014

Defocus obsessions


I’m an animator by day. Part of what I do, as an animator, is finesse inherently mechanical animations to look organic and real-ish. And part of the way I do this is to incorporate (fake) lens effects/flaws into these mechanical animations (lens flares, bokeh, general distance defocusing, chromatic aberrations, etc). Unfortunately, a lot of lens effects are difficult to fake— or at least difficult to fake WELL & QUICKLY using the tools I have available.

Because of all this, I have a TON of fascination with natural photographic lens effects. So the defocusing in this image might make a photographer squirm (are you squirming?), but as an animator, I study it with awe and try to figure out how I’d replicate it in 3D.

Photography and animation overlap a lot, actually. You might be surprised.


(Cross-posted to Instagram)

October 1, 2014

Tiny river clams

Tiny river clams!

I see clams on the beach all the time, sure, but I never knew about freshwater river clams. They’re a thing! We have them! Isn’t that cool? I think it’s cool.


(Cross-posted to Instagram)

September 30, 2014

Fernie fern fern


Yeah okay so this isn’t very interesting but it was the golden hour and EVERYTHING looked so pretty and I just couldn’t help myself.


(Cross-posted to Instagram)

September 29, 2014

Hoof it

Hoof it.

Deer prints in mud by the Passaic River.

September 28, 2014

Grassy lady

I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with bokeh lately.

Today I walked around the Passaic River Park for the first time in a while.

For a year or two, after I stopped doing this blog every day, I stopped using my DSLR much ‘cos it’s too heavy to casually tote everywhere. I’ve trained myself now to grab my phone-camera when I see a photo op. Consequently, I’m sick of cameraphone limitations, and I’ve once again started looking for excuses to haul my DSLR out of semi-retirement. It is such a delight to see a subject, frame and focus, twiddle whatever settings you need to twiddle, and just GET the damn shot you want (or a sufficiently close approximation of it).

So yeah, anyway, river walks and bokeh are fun. Mosquitos and poison ivy, not so much.

July 15, 2014

Cicada molt!


pop out my own back like what

(More info about cicadas @ Wikipedia)

(Cross-posted to Instagram)

May 30, 2013


Pink flowers. I have no idea what they are.

Do you recognize these?

May 25, 2013


Just some leaves

I wish I knew what kind of tree this was. I don’t. I think it’s something ornamental, something you’d find in a garden. Thoughts?

May 17, 2013

Tiny purple bells

Little purple bunch of flowers

EDIT: This is a lungwort, thanks to Jane from Food and Flowers! Back in the day, they were like, “hey, the leaves look like diseased lungs! Obviously we should use this plant to treat diseased lungs.” Hence: LUNGwort.

I’ve spent the past hour trying to identify this flower, and now I have officially given up. Do you recognize it? It’s a domesticated garden plant (as opposed to a wildflower), but beyond that I’m lost. The entire bunch of flowers is about as big as an egg.

May 12, 2013

Dogwood tree

Dogwood, wheee

“Oh no,” I hear you groan, “ANOTHER flower?”

Answer: Yes. It’s Mother’s Day. You need flowers for Mother’s Day! I’ll have something less flowery tomorrow.

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