Tag Archives: Macro

A Look Back, A New Look Going Forward.

WordPress congratulated me a little while back on my 5 years of blogging. An automated nod for sure. Ordinaryhiker was my original title for a blog that was to be a nature journal. It is still the underlying identity of this blog. My original blog featured my writings to camp directors and staff; from that came my blogger identity as “making camp”. Ordinaryhiker never took off due to circumstances unforeseen. Primarily recovering from the misadventures of lung surgery.

In March, I decided to blog again as a way to share and get some feedback on my photos, as a new photo hobbyist. Looking for a blog title that sounded photo worthy, I choose Snap Shot. It took off more than I would imagine. In the process, I realized that while I take on a variety of subjects, I am primarily a nature photographer …  the ordinary hiker.

So, with the start of the new year, I am reverting back to being the Ordinary Hiker. Snap Shots by Wm. Roloff Photography. Changes will be on the way, a new gravatar etc.,. Thanks to you all who have made my photo journey such a joy and contributed to my growth.

As my first post of the new year I’m choosing 20 (if I can 🙂 ) of my favorite photos from last year. They are in no particular order but I would be curious to know your favorites.

Happy New Year. Looking forward to the journey. – Bill

Hiding

What is there to take pictures of on the trail. I enjoy hiking the trail this time of year and my camera journals my treks. But this is the grey season, so my eye is being put to the test along with my months old photography skill.

I decided to slip on the 20mm macro ring Saturday and see what I could create with the lens. Or in the case of the Sumac berries I snapped, what I found.

Up Close Floaters

Milkweed pods and seeds seem to be natures unlikely fine art. Rather awkward and ugly through the summer, it produces rather intricate fine lines and curves in becoming a floating dispersal system. A creator’s unending creative display.

He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number. Job 9:10

Larch Cones Ants and Aphids

As I focused in on a branch of Larch Cones, I began to notice a lot of ant activity. I had  just walked by an ant mound an figured they had an interest in these trees. It wasn’t until I played with a 1:1 ratio (my way of gauging picture quality) crop that I realized the ants were milking black aphids. The Aphids looked like bark to me. So here you have my severely cropped macros and the Larch cones too. Just goes to show that when you stop and look awhile you never know what nature will reveal to you.