Friday, July 6, 2012

Macro Class

There is a company here called Aperture Academy that does various photo-related educating. They have some in-house classes like printing and PS stuffs, but they do cool workshops, too. Field trips for adults. No parental consent required. The second one I participated in was at the UC Santa Cruz
Macro heaven.

I learned:

That tripods really are a pain in the butt and you don’t need one if you learn to steady yourself and stop breathing so much.

I need to be more patient.
Green Bee (Agapostemon texanus?)

The wind really does just suck
Western honey bee (Apis mellifera)
I “need” a second camera body
Spotted Cucumber Beetle

‘Cause you get cool little bugs then these guys come by and constantly swapping lenses in pain in the butt
Scrub Jay

Any bird folk read this blog? These are Scrub Jays. Juvies, I think. What is with the orange on the head? They had varying degrees of it. Some none, some tons. Scrub Jay

Scrub Jay

I couldn’t get any really decent shots. I thought perhaps they were just getting into some weird plant, but it doesn’t look like something just sitting on top of their feathers. Weird.

Shinier head!

Probably used to be shiny? Before the zombies? DSC_4003

I also learned that I really have zero interest in photographing plant life. Even cool looking plant life. DSC_3994

I really do prefer things with faces.


  1. You sure were a good listener by the looks of those beautiful pictures
    Benny & Lily

  2. Your insect photography made me realize how much we over look how beautiful they are!

  3. The orange on those scrub jays is seriously strange! We have scrub jays here; no hint of orange.