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For a recent Camera Club Contest with the theme of Still Life, I created this photo.

I used a SB800 Camera right high though white umbrella with black backdrop triggered remotely via Nikon CLS.

I shot five shots focusing on first the teacup, then the flower, then the marmalade jar, then the top left and right corners of the frame. I used Helicon Focus to put all of these photos together into one phot where everything was in focus. This gave me much better depth of field.

I did have a minor problem where the top right of the frame was crooked. I used Photoshop to correct by Transform->skew.

Finally I converted to monochrome using Lightroom 2.

Here is the setup Shot.

Dundee Marmalade and Tea

I entered this in the Arundel Camera Club Unlimited Monochrome Still Life Competition on 02/11/2009 and won Fourth Place.

ACC 4th

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Deer Silhouette

Originally uploaded by bmthomas

I entered this in the Arundel Camera Club Novice Digital Open Competition on 1/14/2009 but did not place. The judge said I should clone out the birds in the sky. There are three birds that look like birds and are reflected in the water. According to the judge, all of the other birds looked like dirt and should be cloned out.

Here is a cleaned up version per the judge’s comments.

Deer Silhouette

What do you think?

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Lotus Pod

Originally uploaded by bmthomas

I entered this in the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Color Print Flower Competition on 1/5/2009 but did not place. The competition was stiff. Not only are flowers a popular subject but the judge was Tony Sweet.

The judge said I should have used Helicon Focus. Helicon Focus is a program that combines multiple photographs each taken focusing on a different part of the scene together to create a final image with a better depth of field. Of course to do this you would have to shoot on a tripod and manually focus.

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Sharpness

When I started using a Digital SLR one of the first things I did was buy a tripod. Everything I read said I needed a tripod if I wanted to create sharp publishable photographs. Then I learned how to lock the mirror up and got myself a cable release.

Over time I have gotten lazy about using my tripod. I now have a couple of Vibration Reduction lenses and I find myself trusting the VR and trying to hold the camera steady by bracing against something.

Well I guess I learned a hard lesson this week. I was competing in a flower photography contest at the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club . The judge was none other than Tony Sweet ( www.tonysweet.com ).

Well the end result was that Tony threw out three of my photos for not being sharp. This was one of the photos that he considered not sharp enough. Remember this is a digital version and he was judging the printed version of this flower. I always seem to have more problems with color prints than digital.

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I entered this in the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Advanced Digital Flower Competition on 1/5/2009 and won Honorable Mention. The competition was stiff. Not only are flowers a popular subject but the judge was Tony Sweet. www.tonysweet.com

B-CCC HM

I entered this in the Arundel Camera Club Novice Digital Open Competition on 1/14/2009 and won Honorable Mention.

ACC HM

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