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March 18 – The Details #5 – Zebra Eye

For our anniversary in 2011 (our 10th), we took a mini vacation to San Antonio. Since we were living in Austin, it was only a little over an hour away. On the way home, we stopped at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch so we could feed exotic animals from the comfort of our car. Brandon particularly liked the zebras (not really) since one of them stuck its head in the window and stole the bag of food he had between his legs. It was a pretty cool experience. Except for the ostriches, but that’s because ostriches are super creepy.

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Just to give you an idea of how close you get to the animals, this was taken (like most of my macro photos) on a point and shoot canon without using any zoom.

January 22 – The Details #1 – Where It All Began

One of the things I wanted to start doing on the blog is posting some of the macro photography I shoot. I started shooting close ups, details, macro…whatever you want to call it in 2008.

My first college photography teacher told me once that he could tell I felt stuck by looking at what I was photographing at the time. It was a landscape project and, looking back on it now, it was very claustrophobic. Bill Fraizer taught me a lot and even though I haven’t spoken to him in years, I still remember a lot of the things he taught me and the things he said.

When I started shooting these types of photos, I wasn’t really in a great place. I hadn’t touched a camera in over a year, maybe close to two. That’s a story I believe I told somewhere else on this blog, so I won’t go into all the details now. Long story short, I was examining myself and all the little details that made me who I was…who I am. I didn’t go into this project with that consciously on my mind, but no doubt my subconscious guided me. Once I made the connection, I decided that I really shouldn’t stop the self examination and I haven’t stopped the detailed photos either.

Here’s one of the first shots I did. This is still on of my favorites. It’s not exactly macro, but it’s definitely a smaller detail of a complete image and inspired me to get closer. This was taken at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego.

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Day 273 – Bamboo Details

One of the art pieces we saw yesterday involved tons of pieces of bamboo. It was quite striking and really appealed to that macro photographer in me. I wanted to take pictures up close and from all angles. The textures were just fascinating. The artist compared the texture to animal skin or human skin turned inside out, which was a little gruesome, but the piece is still incredible. This isn’t even his main piece…this is just byproduct of the piece he came here to do. I can’t wait to see how he finishes it.

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If you fold it in half on the short arm, it takes on a kimono shape.

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