Preparing for Summer

January 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Day6 10DP 0009-EditDay6 10DP 0009-EditDay 6 of 10 Day Picture Exercise, Materials to tie a Purple Egg Sucking Leech

Now that the winter solstice and the holiday season has passed my attention is turning towards spring and summer. Last winter at this time I started tying flies for my Alaska fishing trip. I am not going to Alaska this year but I will be fly fishing and it is time to get out the feathers and vise. The weather this time of year sometimes encourages indoor photography which I have learned can be quite challenging. For this picture I assembled all the materials necessary to tie an "Egg Sucking Leech" which is a popular Alaskan pattern and works well as I learned on Silver Salmon. I assembled the material on a diffuser suspended between 2 supports and placed a flash underneath. From the direction of the top I also placed another diffuser with a second flash behind it. This gave illumination to the top but also allowed some shadowing for texture definition (e.g. wooden handle,bobbin thread). Except for the color distortion caused by the chenille behind the one feather I was pleased. Nikon D300 with Nikkor 85mm/f3.5 macro, f32, 1/60 s.


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