Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives. – Frederick F. Flack
Thank you all who have visited my blog this past year. Especially, I wish to thank those people who are following this blog and who have provided comments on my posts. I wish for you all, health and happiness. Happy New Year! I have found inspiration in the posts of many of you.
I cannot remember the last year that I made resolutions. This year, for whatever reason, I have decided that resolutions are appropriate.
Here are my (daily) resolutions:
Learn five things that are totally new to me:
- a fact or piece of information (ie the pygmy right whale belongs to a species that was thought to have been extinct for millions of years. Not very practical info, but I enjoy being amazed. Science has not even figured out all the data about the animals that are here.)
- a picture of something that I have never before seen, or at least that I have never seen depicted in that style (Yesterday’s find was Guy Tal’s marvelous landscapes that he has processed as paintings (http://guytal.com/gtp/gallery/index.jsp).
- listen to a song that I have not heard before (thank you Pandora)
- do something that extends an ability that I already have (like learning a new technique of photo processing)
- do something in a way that is not my usual way (such as… I don’t know. This category is going to take some effort)
Give an unexpected gift to someone
Show, through my actions, that I love someone.
Become conscious of at least 20 things for which I am thankful.
Recommit, through actions, to my values and priorities.
Post more often on my blog, not worrying about proper grammar or punctuation.
The photo at the top of this page is a large chrysanthemum, each bloom of which is at least 4-6 inches in diameter. Usually close up photographs have a shallow depth of focus, that is, only a portion of the subject is in focus. This photo is almost entirely in sharp focus, because of using a technique called focus stacking. Multiple images are captured that are exactly the same except for the area in sharp focus. In this case, 41 separate photos were taken, beginning at the closest point of the flowers to the lens and working toward the back of the flowers with the focal plane of each photo being 2 mm deeper than the last. Then all the images were processed with Helicon Focus software (from http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconfocus.html), which does an unbelievable job. (I highly recommend it both for close up/macro work, and for landscapes.) If you are interested in more information on focus stacking, please check out my first two posts of this blog.
Again, I wish you all a Happy New Year!
I welcome comments and criticisms (mostly comments).
My website for photo enhancing, processing and saving seemingly useless images is NaturePhotoRehab.com
J. Michael Harroun©2013