Poor Man’s Macro: Jumping Spider

I have a love hate relationship with spiders.  I am scared of them but they one of my favorite subjects to photograph.   Jumping spiders especially seem to be more curious than afraid.  Therefore making them an easier subject to photograph. Their natural curiosity gives you more time to work with them.  But be careful, they have no problem with seeing whats inside your camera lens.

Jumping Spider

Poor Man’s Macro: The Cuckoo Bee

I believe this is a cuckoo bee, but I could be wrong.  This shows more of the depth of field using a reverse lens adapter.  Even though most of the bee is in focus you’ll notice everything else goes in and out.  Insects are the most difficult to photograph.  Your working distance is also drastically reduced, so you have to sneak up on bugs which most of the time is easier said than done.

Cuckoo Bee

Poor Man’s Macro: The Fly


Poor man’s macro is slang for reverse lens macro.  For those of you who do not have the money for a macro lens you can take your 18-55mm lens and mount it with a reversal ring.  However this will eventually mess the lens up so make sure you have a spare to use for this.

First thing you will need to order is a reversal ring mount.  They can be found on eBay for just a few dollars and up to $200.  This ring will allow you to mount you lens on backwards.  However as I stated above I would recommend a lens that you can use only for this.  Because of the lens being mounted backwards, there is now an opening for dirt and other harmful things to get into you lens (I have had to fish a spider out before).

Once you have the lens on backwards, make sure that the lens is in manual, auto focus does not work unless you rewire the lens. Once it is on manual start snapping away.  It will take you a few to get used to how your lens works best using this method, obviously some lenses are better than others.

You will also notice that the depth of field gets very narrow the closer you zoom in, which can make photographing your subject very difficult.  You are also dealing with millimeters now instead of inches and feet so the smallest movement will make your subject go slightly out of focus.  I shoot at 1/4000th of a second, and shoot a lot pictures.  Take as many photos as you can, even though it looks clear on the camera, when you get ready to process you will notice that some of them are off just a little.

I’ll be posting some more photos that I have taken over the summer using this method.  I am no expert, but if you have any questions I would be more than happy to steer you in the right direction.

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Instagram reverts back to original Terms of Service

In a blog from Kevin Systrom (co-founder) Instagram is going to keep using the same Terms of Service since they launched in 2010.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

The internet was in uproar this week after the announcement of the new TOS.  From concerns on how the photos would be used, if your kids pics could be sold, among other issues.  The blog also goes on saying..

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

This is the subject that caused the biggest uproar and got a few high-profile users like National Geographic to suspended their accounts in light of the new changes.  Apparently we were misinformed of their intentions.  The following is copied directly from the TOS that caused such an uproar.

You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

So Instagram has listened, however they still need to make money. Since they offer a free app they have to create revenue somewhere.  I guess in the coming months we will see what their idea is.


Star Trek: Captain Worf TV Series

Remember when he got that pimple?

Remember when he got that pimple?

It has been confirmed that Michael Dorn is working on a Worf TV series.  ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!  Don’t get me wrong I love the direction that J.J. Abrams has taken with the franchise but I don’t think I could get enough of Worf.  A visit back to the TNG (The Next Generation) era of Star Trek would be fabulous.  This is a quote from Michael Dorn’s exclusive “scoop” during an interview with Trek News..

I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this. ”

As to the direction of the show, that is still unknown.  At the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine finale “What You Leave Behind”  he was made the Federation Ambassador to Qo’noS (the Klingon home world).  Star Trek: Nemesis (which falls after DS:9) left no clues, his reason aboard the ship was to hitch a ride to Riker and Troi’ second wedding ceremony on Betaze.  However I should note that he was wearing a  standard Starfleet uniform, with the rank of Lt. Commander (according to the Pips on his uniform) and not the attire of an ambassador.

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Instagram Planning To Sell Your Photos.


Photo by: John Googe
Instagram: grooge79_ru

For those not familiar with Instagram it is a free social network that allows users to share photographs taken with their mobile devices.  The user can then apply filters if they chose and share with their friends and the world.  Today they have announced that they will start selling users photographs for profit similar to Shutterstock, iStockphoto, among many others.  Finally, a way to make that new smart phone pay for itself!!

So how much do you make from your photos sold? Absolutely nothing.  According to Instagram the new intellectual property policy will take effect January 16, 2013.  If you delete your account after the January deadline you cannot opt out.

John Googe

Photo by: John Googe
Instagram: grooge79_ru

So what does this mean?  This new policy allows for Facebook/Instagram to sell your photos to anyone for advertising, websites, and so forth without the consent of the owner.  So if you took pics of your kids playing on the beach, those photos could be sold for websites, advertising and brochures.  Which brings up a long list of concerns and possibly breaking various privacy laws.

Personally I don’t like this idea at all. First off it should be up to the user if the photo can be sold or not.  If they opt for it being sold, then they should get some piece of the pie.  Without the users they would not have anything to sell to begin with.  Instagram was a way for aspiring artists to get their creativity to be seen.  It’s sad that a company like this would try to monetize its users work without any compensation to the owner of the photo.


Photo by: John Googe
Instagram: grooge79_ru

I’m curious as to how many users they will lose before the deadline.  Personally, I would switch to Flickr.  At least on their site if someone want to use your photograph, you can get paid.

The pictures in this post are by a friend of mine John Googe. On his off time as a Glynn County Fire Fighter he shares his creations via Instagram.  His handle is grooge79_ru, if you get a chance you should definitely check out his work.

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.