Articles by Risto Hunt

Butterflies Coloring the World

   Sun shines high, temperature rises fast,it's already pretty green on the otherside of the glass.But wearing shorts and summer dressesin many countries you still cant't.Still be happy as soon you can!Dress up for a walk outdoors, in a park or countryside.Hear and listen the happiness of singing birds,notice butterflies coloring the world.Enjoy the moment. Memorize it. Capture it. And share with us.Create a gallery of colorful butterflies, it would be nice.... continue reading

Macro world in your own garden

Weekends at cottage offers a good change for taking photographs of nature and this spring I took a bit closer look in what is going on in my garden.I have one extreme macro lens which, due to its limitations, most of the time of a year collects dust in a drawer. The lens is capable of taking pictures of small objects/models that are only up to 15cm away (approximately) from the lens front element. The lens is Canon's MP-E65 which is capable of magnifications of up to 5:1x. So, as I've spent a... continue reading

My first focus stacked image

Sometimes, especially in macro world, we want to take a picture of something so that the background is soft or blurry but the main subject is completely in focus. Then we use wide apertures to get that effect. But with wide aperture, the depth of field becomes very shallow and not all the main subject may remain in focus. I've read many articles from the internet and found a solution - Focus Stacking.Focus stacking means that we take multiple shots of the subject so that the focus point on each... continue reading

Taking pictures in harsh cold

I was recently taking pictures outside in a temperature about -30C. I noticed that at such temperature, when you repeatedly take off your lens cap or changing filters without gloves or thin cloves that are warm due to your own body temperature, then it may happen that your filter glass or the front element of the lens (if not using filters) freeze up due to humid and warmth coming from the thin gloves or bare hand. When the the front glass or filter is frosty, then it is highly suggested not to scratch... continue reading

When the temperature drops...

Today I found an amusing "article" of the meaning of cold for different nationalities and things.First of all, as there is very large nationality here in DT, take the following as a joke. I don't want to offence anyone.The meaning of cold+20 Greeks put on sweaters.+15 Hawaiian switch the heating on (if they have it).+10 Americans are shaking. The Russians are planting cucumbers.0 American’s water freezes. In Russia, the water thickens.-5 French cars will not start.... continue reading

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Finally its Christmas! However, 2011 Christmas isn't that nice as it was a year ago. This year, not a single spot of snow outside, only raining. Last year we were sinking into snow, and I liked it. If I'd only be a rich and the temperature outside were below 0C, I'd fill the streets with snow cannons to have white Christmas :pAnd if at your place the weather is difficult, don't forget to help smaller ones.Anyway, Merry Christmas to everyone! Let's hope the Santa comes with a lot of presents... continue reading

Flashlight did the job

It's just amazing what a single small pocket flashlight can do with images, instead of using onboard flash. One evening I was taking pictures in a dark room. My "model" was a small alcohol glass. When I shoot on tripod, I always use manual focus in liveview mode active. This time the room was so dark that I couldn't see anything on the screen in liveview mode. Despite using autofocus and onboard flash for helping camera to focus, I took out a small flashlight (not a led one. Regula with yellowish... continue reading

First hand-drawn illustrations

Hi all,Few months ago I bought an Intuos 4 M tablet. But as I haven't have much leisure time (everyday work + need to make jpg's from RAW's which queue was very, very long), it sat all the time in a drawer. Last week I finally decided to take it out thinking, if I already bought it, then I must use it too. So, I connected the device, took the pen, watching out of window and thinking "Now what?" First I took a photo I captured in the summer, a closeup of a grasshopper. To get a feeling of a pen,... continue reading

Beautiful to watch, too poisonous to eat

Did you know summer end today? That's right, it's autumn now. But guess what, autumn is a mushroom season in many areas. I don't eat mushrooms, but I can help others to pick them and of course these are great object to photograph too.So, I'd like to show you some of what I've captured during previous mushroom seasons. Firstly, here are some of my favourite mushrooms - fly-agarics of course. These are so beautiful and colorful mushrooms.Next, i've found one pretty interesting,... continue reading

Heavy rain makes wonderful things

Rainy days in a row are sometimes really depressive. Everything is gray and wet. However, once the rain stops, nature may show us wonderful things. That's how it is in the country I live. There is a magic well that revives during high water (snow melting) season or sometimes after several very rainy days. We call it "Nõiakaev" or a "manhole of a witch" in English.As you know, people make manholes to get the water out from the ground with a pail. Our manhole makes it really easy as the water comes... continue reading

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