Don's April 2016 Photography Newsletter
Don's Destination         Don's Tour Promotion
Don's Photo Tip            Anya's Pick of the Month

Don's Destination:

Torres del Paine, Chile

Ahhh...Patagonia. The word itself conjures up wondrous images of mountains, wildlife and adventure. I visited a few years ago but still love seeing my images from this park in southern Chile. I remember fighting an outright gale of a windstorm every day while in the area and hoping for a reflection in Lago Pehoe, which never happened. This is a windy place! But beautiful too. I was thrilled when at last the clouds parted and I was able to see those awesome peaks across the lake. This photo was taken while I stood in the ever present wind and I was glad to have a sturdy tripod for my camera. Best time to visit southern Chile and Patagonia is during their spring or early summer, which happens in September- November. 
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Don's Tour Promotion:

A Photographer's Eye and A Traveler's Heart

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Amazing close-up world

Don's Tip of the Month:

Reverse a Lens for High-Magnification Macro

Spring is here and I've seen my first wildflowers and insects lately in Colorado. A great and VERY cheap way to try high-magnification macro photography is to reverse-mount a lens on your digital SLR. This close-up world will reveal incredible things for you, I guarantee it. Here's how to get into this world:
  • First thing you need is a reverse mount ring for your lens and camera. The rings can be bought on Amazon or elsewhere online for less than $5.00
  • Use a cheaper 'kit' lens of 18-55mm or something around 28-135mm that you already own. This, in combination with the ring will work excellent.
  • Be sure to get the right ring. See what size filter your lens uses and get a reverse mount ring with those size threads. And get one for your brand of camera.
  • Example: my 28-135mm lens uses 58mm filters. I got a Canon reverse mount ring with 58mm threads.
  • You screw the ring onto your filter threads and then mount the lens backwards (using the ring) onto your camera.
  • Don't zoom the lens, but use a midway point on the lens (mine works best around the 80mm mark). Move closer or further from your subject for focusing (small precise movements).
The interior of a dandelion flower is pictured above. Taken with a reverse mounted 28-135mm lens. Great stuff!
Pont du Gard, France

Anya's Pick of the Month:

Great Roman Aqueduct, Southern France

This image of mine, chosen by Anya for the month of April, 2016 shows the Roman-built 'Pont du Gard' Aqueduct in France. About this photo Anya says - "We got to the entrance area early and were the first in line to get inside this park in southern France. You need to walk a bit to get to the aqueduct and we weren't sure which way it faced compared to the morning sun. Luckily we were the first to arrive streamside and it was a beautiful summer day. Don waded out into the still water and set up his tripod to get the reflection shot. Later a lot of folks (including us) were swimming in the clear water and the reflections were gone."

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