Wednesday, February 18, 2015



February 18, 2015

This week's challenge selection is vertical by Christine. Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

This week's header is of a very shy cat. She's fine on top of the stack of kitty-carriers, but she'd rather I keep my distance. I liked these cat pics a lot, because the dim room gave me an opportunity to be creative with off-camera flash & manual focus.

"Mr. Craver, why are you on your belly, Sir?"
Cats perched in the kid's room.

Blindfolded games with the kids.
Puppy kisses. Posterized. (by remote control)

Here's an easy one... looking up at the moon.

Taking risks & getting real close... almost UNDER a skateboard.

Say cheese!
On the subject of saying cheese, how do you like the smiley face in my spaghetti & meatballs?

Wooden wise men.

Wedded bliss.

Shiny quarter... minus the glare. [click on image to enlarge]
Here's how I did the quarter: The technique is called "axial lighting." I shot through angled glass, and the side light shone on the face of the quarter by reflecting off the angled glass.

Addendum: more info about the gear in this tricky shot can be found in the comments.


imac said...

Got a lot more gear than I have - me ol buddy.
Neat shots too

Craver Vii said...

I used a focusing rail, a macro spacer ring and a reverse ring so that I could mount the lens backwards.
But that lens is an old used Sears lens that I bought for ten bucks. The glass was from a picture frame, and I used a sheet of facial tissue to diffuse the light.
The more components we add, the more difficult it is to make everything work together. But the macro dime I shot some months ago had a lot more noise than this.

Lew said...

The cats do like the high places! Nice work with the light setup and excellent image of the coin!

Katney said...

Much more effort than I will ever take.

I am to take pictures at a Father Daughter dance in a few weeks. I've been thinking of lighting, and you know my equipment is much more limited than yours. I will want to play with the setting and lighting before the dance starts.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Interesting vertical perspectives Craver.

Happyone said...

Love the cat pictures!!

Christine said...

Wow, that last shot is way too technical for me! You have a great understanding of light, Craver. Love all your images this week, and how you portrayed that kitty.

George said...

I like your photo interpretations of the theme. I'll bet the cat was happy to see you finish up.

Betty Manousos said...

love the cat pictures, adorable!!
happy weekend¬

Shammickite said...

Oh my, you are getting very tricky with that camera.
Who do the moggies belong to. Sorry my question mark has disappeared.

Craver Vii said...

These two are ours, Shammie. Technically, we have two cats and one dog, but you will often find one more of each because we foster them until they find homes. Oh, look... I found your question mark. Here it is:

Shammickite said...

Oh so that's where it went. Bad, bad question mark.....