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Old Jan 3, 2013, 7:15 PM   #1
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I love gadgets or anything that makes it easier to complete a project, or performs a useful function.
One of my favorite XMas presents this year was a rotary tying vise. Has nothing to do with photography, but everything to do with another of my favorite hobbies- fly fishing.

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Zig, had you left the fly out of this picture, this could well have been another "what is it", and I, for one, wouldn't have a clue... Nice gift.
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That's a great gift, you are able to tie your own flies? I remember a while ago someone asking me about getting a macro lens. Their primary purpose was to photograph fishing flies, since they made them to sell, and I remember thinking that instead of getting as long a macro lens as you could get, that a shorter focal length would probably be better.

In any case, I love the picture, such a simple object that is quite beautiful in it's practical way.
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That's a great gift, you are able to tie your own flies? I remember a while ago someone asking me about getting a macro lens. Their primary purpose was to photograph fishing flies, since they made them to sell, and I remember thinking that instead of getting as long a macro lens as you could get, that a shorter focal length would probably be better.

In any case, I love the picture, such a simple object that is quite beautiful in it's practical way.
I started fly fishing in 1969 when a friend took me up to The Moosehead Lakes region in Maine. I quickly realized that, at the rate I was snapping off flies, I had to start to tie my own. I've never saved any money doing it myself but it is satisfying to catch a fish on something that you've created on your own.

I take a fair number of photographs of the streamer flies I ties and you're right, my lens of choice is a 35mm macro. Inexpensive at $165 but perfect for the application.



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Zig, had you left the fly out of this picture, this could well have been another "what is it", and I, for one, wouldn't have a clue... Nice gift.
I was debating wether to leave the fly off. In the end I thought that someone would just google it and find out that way.

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That's a neat gadget and well photographed. I also love your handy work, I always though flies are very beautiful, little works of art. Shame to feed them to the fish (oh yeah, that's their purpose...)
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That's a neat gadget and well photographed. I also love your handy work, I always though flies are very beautiful, little works of art. Shame to feed them to the fish (oh yeah, that's their purpose...)
Thanks Saly I appreciate your taking the time to respond.

And, I should tell you that whenever I take photos of a subject using a close focus, such as the vise pictured here, I take a series of 6 or seven photos with each photo having a different focus point. The files are then brought into Helicon Focus, a focus stacking software package. The results are as you see it.


An amazing piece of software that's fairly easy to use.

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Old Jan 4, 2013, 10:13 AM   #8
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An excellent shot, Zig.
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Another great image...and another talent!

You've given me an idea for a challenge with your photos.
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