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These 2014 images were taken during the winter in Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage did not receive a lot of snow because of global warming. The cold season this year was drab, grey, dark and gloomy and provided few photographic opportunities in the park. I concentrated on macro photography to make up for the lack of any colorful scenery. The park produces a lot of frost that covered everything. Even spider webs were glazed over with ice. The ice crystals on the spider webs were heavy so the strands had to be strong. I reduced the saturation of the red berries because the colors were too bright and did not look genuine. People were golfing in the park in middle March. Alaskan has hardy golfers. The spider webs on the mushrooms were in sharp focus even with a 1/15 exposure.

I used both my Nikon 105mm f/2.8 and Nikon 55mm f/2.8 micro lenses to take the macro images with my Nikon D600. I used my surveyor and ground tripods to prevent camera movement. The ground tripod is a homemade heavy brass plate with leg spikes and small ballhead. Many of the close ups had long exposures of around ½ second. Most of the berry images were shot at f/11 since backgrounds were far enough behind the subject to remain out of focus. All images were shot in RAW since JPEGs do not provide enough photographic data to post process in Lightroom.
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