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  1. Lots of good advice to your question on aperture. As noted, the depth of field is so critical when shooting macro, you need to be very precise when you focus. Try mounting a bare hook and taking a series of photographs, critically evaluate your images...are the hook eye and hook point both in focus? Aligning the camera sensor (film plane) paralelle to the hook shank takes practice and plenty of trial-and-error. If you search the archives of the Photography Corner, you can find a series of replies and comments, particularly from AL Beatty, that cover a number of tips and tricks for macro photography...to include apetures, DOF, and critical focus. I common shoot flies at f/22-f/36, but experimented a lot before getting images print and web editors accepted. I use a Nikkor 60mm micro (Nikon's term for macro) when shooting for detail and use a homemade "fly studio" with a grid pattern on the surface to help consistenly achieve good alignment and a tubular cage to mount multiple lights. You may not need, or want, to get this obsessive, but it certainly helps get reproducilbe images. Take lots of photographs and edit ruthlessly, the process of discovery is great fun!
  2. Sometimes a mordant will help, especially with water based dyes. I used 2 iron supplement tablets (dietary supplements from the vitamin rack) in a cup of warm, dilute vinegar. The 50:50 mix sounds about right. Pure washing with soapy water is also excellent advice.
  3. What a setup Steve! The cylindrical morph drive (aka lava lamp) is a must-have on any intergalactic vessel. I have been sketching some design ideas, looking at how I might layout the laptop and monitor, capture the most usable space, and keep everything handy. Thanks, best for the holidays.
  4. Another tip on the backdrop: keep it far enough behind the fly that is stays out of focus when you shoot in macro mode. This creates a soft, consistent background and helps isolated the details of a sharply focused fly. I am posting from an iPad and have not figured out how to insert pictures into a reply. If you would like, take a look at the article posted on Hatches Magazine ( link below). Notice the flies in the lead photo lose detail against a cluttered back ground, but the flies highlighted against a soft blue background sweep show much more detail. Keep experimenting, it is a lot of fun. http://hatchesmagazine.com/blogs/Hatches/2010/09/07/talking-turkey-to-a-trout-by-russ-forney/
  5. Thanks for the idea, Al, might be a more reasonable solution for now.
  6. Neat shot, Steve, very warm colors.
  7. Does anyone have experience with dual monitor support arms? I am looking for a desk-mounted set-up to hold a laptop and extra monitor in side-by-side (or adjacent) positions. I have looked at offerings by Atdec and Ergotron on the web, hoping for some feedback before making an investment. My job requires frequent travel, hence the laptop for writing and culling photographs. I like to link to a full size monitor to process photos when home and take advantage of dual display options, better image quality, and a larger screen (for well-worn eyes). My needs are a solid platform that does not vibrate or sag over time (monitor or laptop slowing sinking), articulated arms, and VESA mounts. Thanks in advance for your comments. Russ
  8. You have gotten some great tips Bryan, a couple of things to think about: Depth of Field (DOF) is extremely limited under macro conditions, once you get to 1:1 or greater magnification, DOF is paper thin. Be sure your fly is parallel (same focal plane) as your camera sensor in order to capture as much of the pattern in acceptable focus as possible. The same holds true is you plan to take photos of tying steps; keep mateirals in the same plane if you want them to be in focus. Try mounting a hook in your vise and vary the camera angle until you get both the eye and point in crisp focus. It is a good way to learn about DOF, camera angle, and lighting. If critical focus is your intent, try shooting in aperture priority mode. I also shoot from a tripod and use manual focus. I have found a sheet of medium blue closed cell foam makes a handy background: easy to manipulate in Photoshop, user-friendly to most auto-exposure systems, and provides a uniformly lit surface. Experiment, be creative, and have fun!
  9. I'd guess Spearfish Creek below the canyon.
  10. Thank you both, it is a beautiful stream, even more so when the caddis come off and get the trout all excited.
  11. Shell Creek runs through the Big Horn Moutains in northcentral Wyoming, water is still a bit off color from snow melt, but spring is coming fast to the high country.
  12. How is it that trees are blooming in Michigan Steve? We had another couple of inches of snow today; May is a winter month in Wyoming.
  13. Nice pics Chris, the little one in the walker looks mighty happy.
  14. Or you could use 'WaterMark Flies' The only advice I could offer, beyond that already provided, is find a good day job; selling flies is not likely to pay the bills. It is fun, creative, and introduces you to some great people.
  15. Clever design and very functional. Enjoyed your web photos, thanks for supporting Project Healing Waters.
  16. Hmmmm...if he runs short on CDC puffs, wonder if he'll take the entire duck or just the anatomically relevant part...?
  17. Welcome, it is a great group of folks.
  18. WYKnot

    Ugly flies

    It's amazing how man "Experts" there are walking around at shows&demos isn't it Russ Steve You're right Steve. My favorite experience was a couple years back, tying at the FFF conclave in Livingston, MT. A guy came up to me at the demo table and starts ranting about the poor quality of photography in my latest fly tying book. When I told him I did not have any fly tying books published, he stared at me a minute, then asked if I was sure...? Scary at times, isn't it?
  19. WYKnot

    Ugly flies

    Good luck, Dan. When I tried the scheme, all I got was a business card.
  20. WYKnot

    Ugly flies

    Flies truly are a reflection of our own taste and style. Though many of the 'fly show pundits' may aspire to a higher aesthetic, it really comes down to how a tier feels about his work (yes, confidence). My confidence is fueled by takes on a slow drift, but I do like a well-proportioned fly and (forgive my ego) enjoy sporting a few 'pretty' flies on my drying patch or hat band just for the favorable comments. There really are 'some to show, and some to throw.' The important point (in my opinion) is that every angler has a role in preserving our sport and every tier furthers our craft; my fly show friend may be a key player in the years ahead.
  21. WYKnot

    Ugly flies

    A guy approached me after a tying demonstration a few months back; he apparently felt some profound obligation to offer a critique of my tying skills (If you’ve done many demos, you know the type of person I’m talking about). He informed me my flies were 'rather messy and unkempt' in their appearence. I entertained his option and talked to him about the appearance of real insects (versus imitation flies), visual cues that represent animation in the water, and the appearance of a successful fly - one that has been chewed on by hungry trout. I finally offered him half a dozen flies with the admonition to overlook their 'unkempt' appearance and actually fish them on the local creek. Two weeks later the same guy called me, ordered three dozen of my ugly flies. The only real judge of a fly's appearence is the eye of the intended query.
  22. Nice photos AlexC, water is a great subject. Have looked at the 'timed exposure' thread that heads the photography corner? Some beautiful pictures using longer shutter speed as a variable.
  23. Wow, great shots Old Hat! The skyline is pretty impressive.
  24. Happy Spring, Thoughts and opinions on weather sealed (or dust sealed) lens? Are they worth the extra investment for field work? Does anyone know of a website with a complete listing of Nikkor/Nikon lens with dust seals on the mount (did not find one at Nikon USA)? I previously thought all Nikon 'gold ring' lens included seals between body tubes and around the mount, a closer look showed me that was not the case. I want to add some glass this summer, either the AF 80-200/2.8 or stretch the plastic for the new version of the AF-S 70-200/2.8 VR. There is nothing subtle about Wyoming weather and dust is a prominent feature of our rural landscape. Thanks for your comments.
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