Dick's Wildflowers & Fort McKavett Pictures

Tiny Grasshopper on Cactus Flower
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 Colorful Sunset
 Fuji Sensia 100 slide film, Olympus OM-2n camara with manual exposure, lens was  90 mm Vivitar Macro.


 Tree at Sunset

Fuji Sensia 100 slide film, Olympus OM-2n, manual exposure, 24mm
Olympus lens.

Above is a wide-angle shot of the observing field at Fort McKavett. I was trying to capture the feel of all the yellow flowers... A few telescopes have been set up...
This I took at Ft. McKavett as the last rays of sunshine caught it. It appears to be a

Stemless Evening Primrose! (87k, 800x671 pixels)
Here's a close-up of the flowers/grass covering the field from another photo:

3-25-flow-crop7.jpg   I believe the white flowers are Sandwort, and the yellow are Jones Selenia.
More Wildflowers: The Austin Pix

On the way over to Austin for an interview I stopped and shot some wildflower pictures. These pictures are also shown on my  Wildflower Showcase.

This one features a grasshopper:
Here's a close-up of a Bluebonnet:
The red wildflowers (Indian Paintbrush or Texas Paintbrush) were very nice:

And here's a close-up, personal, and large shot of one of the Paintbrushes "Real Close!"


Details for "Austin Pix":
 Fuji Sensia 100 speed slide film, Vivitar 90mm  macro lens on my Olympus OM-2n camera, manual exposures.  Conditions were great, no direct sunlight (which would cause  too much contrast and wipe out detail...). There were high, thin clouds that passed a lot of light.

Pictures taken on a field at Ft. McKavett that, by several accounts, had been totally brown less than 7 days prior. Several people told me  that this was the greenest the field had been in 4+ years of coming  there. For the photo geeks, the Primrose shot was a 1 second exposure using a cable  release, Olympus OM-2n camera on manual, Vivitar 90 macro, Kodak Royal  Gold 100 print film. The f-stop was around 11 or 16 for max depth of  field with available light. I set it up & focused while laying on my  stomach, using my tiny "Ultrapod II" tripod to balance the very heavy  lens.  The "Ultrapod II" tripod is a little tiny thing made of plastic that cost $20 and only weighs a few ounces.

I traveled to Ft.McKavett to participate in an astronomy outing in March 2001.  This was sponsored by the JSCAC (Johnson Space Center Astronomy Club).  While the astronomy suffered from a bit of cloudiness, I took a few sunset pix that turned out particularly well.

Flower Photography Techniques:

Most cheap "department store" tripods can't get down 6 inches off the ground, either.  I had two tripods, neither of which was any good for this type of shooting.  My explanation to my wife:  Had to get a new tripod to be able to do this stuff, in addition to a macro (close-up) lens ;-)    I ended up with both an Ultrapod II and a Bogen 3401 tripod (does both vertical & horizontal center column) with a 3275 junior geared head.  Both setups have proven themselves to be a great asset to flower/macro work. 


I scanned these slides/negs with my old Minolta Dimage Scan Dual scanner & processed in photoshop.   This scanner has been superseded with a Nikon Coolscan IV ED.

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