Peter Newman  

Revenge by Peter Newman

February 2021 - Revenge

About the Image(s)

I am convinced that most animals and birds belong to the "ANIMAL RIGHTS" division of Anti Photographers-Artform, International. ( One of the charter principals of the Animal Rights Division is that when you see a photographer raise his camera,, turn around and do something uninteresting. When he turns away, and puts his camera down, then you should start doing interesting things.

I was taking pictures of different animals at Zoo Miami, and most were following the above rule. I tried to fool this guy by asking a friend to put his camera down. I almost made it, but this guy caught on. The only thing this guy had time to do was make a face, to ruin the picture. I made this image in post, by using a texture, to get my revenge.

BTW This has nothing to do with this image, but is relevant to close up and macro photography. I just received a mini CamRanger. I purchased the mini because I do not have a foreseeable use for the features that the far more expensive CamRanger II has. Next month I will let you know if it works for me, as advertised to create focus slices. If anyone here has any thoughts that might be helpful, please let me know.

14 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
This is an interesting image that you have converted from a photo to a fun sketch. As a piece of art it is quite good, but I feel it is less appropriate here since this is a photography study group, rather than a pure art or sketching study group.

Concerning the CamRanger accessory that you have and it's use in collecting focus slices. There are several attachments and accessories that you can use to aid in collecting focus slices. Also, newer cameras tend to have this functionality built in as well, taking repetitive shots after small focus adjustments. They can be useful if you are not patent or feel a bit fumble fingered. However, when I collect my focus slices I tend to do so manually. As I do so I can see the new focus plane each slice captures, and in doing so I can ensure that all of the interesting parts of the subject are captured in at least one sharp slice. I may take more slices when the most interesting parts are in focus and less so when it more of a general or background focus. When you use a system that does this (collecting images and refocusing) automatically, there is a bit of a hit-and-miss aspect to the collection process. However there are times when it is very useful, and I do use my new camera (Canon R6 Mirrorless dSLR) capability from time to time, although I am still trying to figure out how best to configure these settings. The camranger might be useful when the camera set-up makes it difficult to see through the viewfinder or see the back of the camera,. There is a bit of set-up involved to get things just so. Let me know how this works for you.
  Posted: 02/07/2021 13:37:34
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Thanks for your comment. You are correct that I should not have posted this image here. But, it was the first close-up that I cam across, and I had a mild reaction to the COVID vaccine, where I was too tired to do anything for more than about 2-3 hours a day. Yesterday I managed about six, so the doc says I should not have COVID issues, and the vaccine worked.

I bought the CamRanger because I only have DSLRs, and was concerned with camera motion when adjusting focus.   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:12:53
Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
As you adjust the focus, the image captured within the focus slices will magnify slightly, and this may look as though this is camera movement, but it is not (and it is normal). However, the focus stacking applications re-scales each slice image and accounts for the slight magnification in the image sizes. Concerning camera movement as you shoot, I use a shutter release cable attached to a tripod-mounted camera. Alternately, you can also employ a 2 sec delay to each shot as well (which I do when I forget my shutter release cable). Most the time though, I just need to remind myself to slow down during the image collection phase.   Posted: 02/10/2021 12:56:18

Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
I enjoyed reading the comments and learning about a new technique. The sketch is captivating, though I don't find it to be particularly appealing. Thanks for sharing, Peter (though I acknowledge Charlie's comment about this not being a photograph).
Nancy   Posted: 02/16/2021 09:23:25
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Nancy, Thanks for your comment. I agree that many will not find it appealing. It might be suitable for a complimentary themed man cave. Certainly not for a little girl's bedroom. As for it not being a photograph, although I definitely regard it as a photograph, I will not say more here. That topic is more appropriate for the group bulletin board. So I will comment further there.   Posted: 02/20/2021 17:33:31
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
After my above post I realized that this group does not have a bulletin board. So I will hold back on my strong feelings on the subject.   Posted: 02/20/2021 21:33:23
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
After my above post I realized that this group does not have a bulletin board. So I will hold back on my strong feelings on the subject.   Posted: 02/21/2021 09:04:42

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Peter - hope your felling better. This is an interesting technique. His face does have a vengeful look to it, so he must have really given you a hard time for you to produce such a distinct emotion!   Posted: 02/20/2021 06:42:34
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lynn, Thanks for your good wishes. Fortunately my symptoms are within the normal range of vaccine reactions for people of my age, with my heath issues. I will only say, that if I got the virus, there is a high probability that I would not be writing this. As for my interpretation, we should include that the subject is a chacma baboon, a species that regularly commits infanticide when he is not the father.   Posted: 02/20/2021 18:03:47

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
...and by the way - your image last month inspired me to photograph some river rocks that look to me like potatoes. I'm beginning to resemble a potato, but that's a whole other issue. In the end they didn't look as much as spuds, but if you get a chance wander over to group 65.   Posted: 02/20/2021 07:37:59
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lynne, I think that inspiration is one of the main purposes of DDG. My image last month was inspired by both Charlie, and Weston. I would like to see your image, but due to a typo your image was listed as being in this group.
  Posted: 02/20/2021 19:29:34
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth stellar typing ability strikes again. It should have read Group 32.   Posted: 02/21/2021 05:51:36
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lynn, I took a peek in DDG 32. I like the changed version very much. To my the small rock on the upper left could easily pass for a potato. Nicely done.   Posted: 02/21/2021 12:44:21
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lynn, I took a peek in DDG 32. I like the changed version very much. To my the small rock on the upper left could easily pass for a potato. Nicely done.   Posted: 02/21/2021 16:04:15


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