On this sunny Sunday afternoon about 15 IACC members (and a few friends) attended a fantastic workshop to photograph big images of small rocks. The workshop was located at the Woodvale Community Centre, which has been the host of several workshops in the past.
Bruce was kind enough to share a huge variety of specimens from his vast collection of rock formations. Samples included many different sizes and shapes of rocks, including agates and fossils.They may look pretty plain to the eye, but blow them up with a macro lens, or put some light behind them, and it is amazing what you can find. The only limitation was our own imagination. A walk around the room gave everyone many ideas for great compositions.
The room was populated with a wide range of equipment not normally seen at a workshop. There was equipment specialized for macro photography, including light tables, light stands, focus rails, extension tubes, and a huge variety of lenses and lighting devices. The equipment ranged from sophisticated professional devices to very practical homemade ones. It was amazing to see the innovation of some of our members to create devices to improve macro photography. Everyone was willing to share their equipment, and ideas as well.
Bruce was kind enough to provide the samples for shooting. But he also provided great instructions, both verbal and written, for us to learn and improve our macro photography skills. We discussed equipment, lighting, focusing, focus stacking (of course), and having a solid floor to reduce vibrations. He also provided shooting aids for the shoot, such as oil and towels for polishing the rock samples. Everyone was provided with a sample of “picture Jasper” from Bruce’s collection to keep.
Special thanks to Bruce for putting this workshop together. We look forward to future events of this nature.
Also, special thanks to Woodvale Community Centre for providing a wonderful location for the workshop, and for providing the coffee and banana bread.
Thanks to Barry Headrick and Dennis Emmerling for making the arrangements at this great venue.
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