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Dominicka Jemmott's "In God We Trust": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Macro Photography, Fine art photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, still life photography, SideKick360

With digital photography, it's easy to experiment. Using trial and error, we can quickly shoot as a many images as it takes - often hundreds! - to walk away with with one or two winners.  Who won't love more winners though? Try Previsualization. Previsualization is the process of imagining your image and seeing that image in your mind's eye before you take the shot.

Dominicka Jemmott, this week's SideKick360 winner, used exactly this technique on her winning image:

"One day I decided that I wanted to see how far I could go by being creative with just my iPhone 5. And since I love fine art photography, I decided to gather a few old pennies that I found inside an old jar in my closet. After looking at these pennies, I immediately saw how I wanted to capture the image. So, I stacked about 10-15 pennies on my window frame with the blinds & window open, some facing upward and the rest facing downward. Then I began taking a few shots (about 3-5). I didn’t like the first three, but the fourth one was a charm. I wanted to give the image a micro type of feel, so I had to give the camera a little tilt and move closer to get my focus on the one coin you see most.

I edited my image in Snapseed. I went for an old dirty grudge, slight HDR feel because that was what I had envisioned. 95% of the time, before I take an image that I’m being creative on... I see it in my mind before I capture it. Then BOOM you have a winning shot!" - Dominicka

Jackie Poutasse's Sunbather: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags Macro photography, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360

Cameras and traveling go hand-in-hand. It's easy to be inspired while exploring a completely new place. The familiar though, we often overlook in our busy day-to-day lives. Take a moment. Look closer. Those places we pass everyday but rarely really "see" can offer outstanding photo opportunities.

Jackie Poutasse, this week's SideKick360 Giveaway Winner, struck gold exploring just such a familiar place:

"I was poking around the backyard looking for things to photograph with my macro lens and I noticed an interesting leaf with a hole in it. While I was on the ground composing the shot of the hole in the leaf, this fly landed in the photo. Usually, I am chasing flying insects around for a good shot, but this guy was happy to pose for half dozen or so very close photographs before moving on." - Jackie

Connect with Jackie on Instagram: @bodaciousbread

Jeff Picoult's "Daffodil & Rain Drops": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Landscape photography, Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, daffodil, flower photography

Who says you have to use pro gear to get a great shot? Jeff Picoult, BackPacker winner for 2/21/14, proves the best camera is the one you have with you - even if it's a phone!

"I am a volunteer photographer for the Summit Metro Parks in Summit County, Ohio. One of the parks I like to photograph each spring is Furnace Run Metro Park which features a 0.6 mile hiking path called Daffodil Trail. There are estimated to be more than 40,000 daffodils in over a dozen varieties along the trail during peak bloom in late April to early May.

This photo was captured during the peak bloom of 2013 just after an early morning shower passed over the park. The weight of the water on the daffodils caused most of them to point downward making for a less than desirable photographic opportunity. Then, as luck would have it, the sky began to clear allowing rays of sun to shine down on some of the flowers. Luckily, this particular daffodil was not covered in mud from the splashing raindrops. Instead it's white petals seemed to glisten in its tiny bit of sunlight. The dark canopy of leaves from surrounding plants and trees created the perfect backdrop to show off this beautiful flower!

For my wildlife photos I carry a pair of Nikon D5000 bodies. One is equipped with a 400mm lens and the other with an 18-70mm zoom. I also carry a Leica D-Lux 6 for landscapes and black & whites. However, I didn't use any of those to capture this daffodil. This photo was captured in a 1:1 ratio (square) on my iPhone 5 with the built-in Camera app! It was one of the last photos I captured only a few minutes before I left the park for the day!!! - Jeff


Adam Surges' Sunny Heart: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags Macro photography, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Giveaway, giveaway, Olloclip

Insect eyes, mineral crystals, rain drops - who doesn't love a peek into the miniature worlds that surround us? Macro photography puts us up close and personal with wonders we might otherwise miss. Happily, the advent of digital photography has made macro accessible to virtually all photographers. With an inexpensive Olloclip, I can even shoot macro with my IPhone!

Still, capturing a great macro image is not without it's challenges. Shooting close to your subject means a very narrow area will be clearly in focus (a shallow depth-of field). Compensate for this by closing the aperture to its smallest setting and now you will need more light to get a good exposure. And that's just one consideration. Creating a really satisfying image is often a dance of give and take.

Adam Surges, BackPacker Giveaway winner for 2/7/14, shares his process for creating this winning shot:

"This shot was taken with my Nikon D40 and the kit 18-55mm lens. I had my lens zoomed in to 55mm with the focus manually set to the minimum focusing distance and moved my camera as close as I could to the tulip I was photographing. I had a flash set up just above the flower that I remotely triggered to light up the flower. Because I was so close, I was shooting at f/22 so I would have enough depth of field to get everything in focus." - Adam


Want to try your hand at Macro Photography? Looking for a few tips to get you started? Try these:

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Allyson Osborne's Once a Rose: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Travel Photography, Macro Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Macro photography, flowers, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker

Allyson Osborn, 12/6/13's BackPacker Giveaway Winner, is a Digital Photography Major at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH. "Once a Rose" is part of her final project for a class she's taking designed to help students become more efficient as well as develop an artistic eye. She is currently studying the photographic style of Group f/64 and would highly recommend The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum to photo enthusiasts looking to make a personal statement with their work.

This winning image was captured at Inniswood Metro Gardens, a 121-acre scenic nature preserve in Westerville, OH featuring more than 2,000 species of plants, specialty collections and themed gardens. 

"I was inspired by all the decaying flowers and other plant life to show the beauty in their demise. It's sad to see the summer fully gone, but exciting to start this new season." - Allyson

Taken with a Nikon D5100 &Nikon 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens.

Taken with a Nikon D5100 &Nikon 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens.