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Quercus rubrum, acorn2, ontario_2014-08-08-10.56.32 ZS PMax | by Sam Droege
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Quercus rubrum, acorn2, ontario_2014-08-08-10.56.32 ZS PMax

On a recent trip to York University to take pictures of bees from around the world, I was returning to his lab after a coffee field trip and was struck by the beautiful lines of some fresh red oak acorns. What lovely proportions, the scales on the cap form broad spirals that, like sunflower heads, likely conform to the fibonacci sequence of numbers and if you look at the arc of the nut and nib, one must image the golden mean is hidden in several places in this the commonplace acorn.

  

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All photographs are public domain, feel free to download and use as you wish.

  

Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200

  

The murmuring of bees has ceased;

But murmuring of some

Posterior, prophetic,

Has simultaneous come,--

  

The lower metres of the year,

When nature's laugh is done,--

The Revelations of the book

Whose Genesis is June.

  

-Emily Dickinson

  

Want some Useful Links to the Techniques We Use? Well now here you go Citizen:

   

Basic USGSBIML set up:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-_yvIsucOY

  

USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdmx_8zqvN4

  

PDF of Basic USGSBIML Photography Set Up:

ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/How%20to%20Take%20MacroPhotographs%20of%20Insects%20BIML%20Lab2.pdf

  

Google Hangout Demonstration of Techniques:

plus.google.com/events/c5569losvskrv2nu606ltof8odo

or

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c15neFttoU

  

Excellent Technical Form on Stacking:

www.photomacrography.net/

 

Contact information:

Sam Droege

sdroege@usgs.gov

301 497 5840

 

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Taken on August 15, 2014