Posts Tagged ‘macro lens

17
Apr
15

a Knuckle & Needles…

My wife will appreciate this macro shot of her dry knuckle with visitors. During her efforts to get ever so close with the macro lens to the cactus blooms she acquired some attachments. Even the slightest brush brought these little probes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, cactus needles, SwittersB

18
Apr
14

photography: macro experiment

I tied a smallish, size 18, black nymph; a version of a Copper John but with a ultra fine black wire. First I used the macro lens to show the image near a couple of pebbles. But, then I got the idea, for some reason, to attach the fly to a popcorn kernel to further show its size. Yes, go figure. I suppose a small ruler would suffice but instead I busted out popcorn kernels and attempted to capture something…I am sure. A bit blurry and the lighting was not great. Still you get the idea of scale. 

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20
Jul
13

Pile of Midges

Pile of Midges SBThe Midge (Chironomid)…A Small Staple in Lakes and Rivers

15
Jul
13

Fly Tying: Less Is Better & Experiment

Fly Tying: It is a frequently read axiom that less is better in fly tying. Yet we (I) seem to go for the ever more complicated or many variations ad nauseam. Part of the enjoyment for fly tying is experimentation and unique creations. I wouldn’t suggest anyone tie anything but what they deem worthy of an experiment at the vise and on the water. Rigid standards and must do’s ruin the experience for me.

I have fished beside fly fishers with experiments in white, pink and yellow variations of Woolly Buggers on lakes. My initial thought was ‘what a waste of time’. Of course they caught fish, in some instances quite a few. The beauty of such moments is it keeps the mental doors open re experimenting and keeps that inquisitive part going of asking ‘why?’. 

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Such was the case with this early variation of a pattern I ‘dubbed’ the Lil’ Grey Nymph. A very simple fly to tie, the fly has been an experiment that has consistently produced for midge hatches and to a lesser extent for mayfly hatches, acting as an emerger in the film.

The macro lens shows this fly I found tucked away in a box,  tarnished, corroded, the size 18 hook carrying the materials that were snipped and lashed and varnished. Seemingly a mess, the fly probably produced although the box had been tucked away in a garage drawer for several years and forgotten….I can’t remember.

The point of this piece is partly experiment with your tying, keep your mind open to possibilities, usually keep it simple and when you come upon old experiments see if the spark is still there to try that idea again.

 

06
Jul
13

Fly Tying: Starling & Herl

starling and herl

30
Jun
13

Macro Photography: Deception on a Hook

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Click on each photo to enlarge…a bit blurry or my eyes are tired.

24
Oct
12

Two Bits of Nymphs

The nymph is a size 16 variation of a hairs ear nymph and a lightning bug nymph. I thought it would be fun to stack them onto a quarter and see how the macro lens worked. Someday I will get it right. In the meantime, you get the idea.




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