A Classic American toy, the 1967 Thunderbike from Aurora Plastics Corp., Westhempstead, L. I., New York. A rare part of Aurora’s Model Motoring HO scale slot car line. This example unused and in the original package. The Thuderbike was Aurora Item # 1398, originally $3.98, equivalent to $26.96 in 2011 dollars.
Brown & Smith Office Machines (Roadside America)
Brown & Smith Office Machines Neon Sign Nikon D7000 Nikon AF-S 24-79mm f/2.8 f/8 - 1/200s - ISO 100 Autofocus Opened in 1959 and apparently still going. Just off Central Avenue (Old Route 66) at 4603 Lomas Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hale Shoes Neon Sign (Roadside America)
Hale Shoes Neon Sign Shot handheld with my D300 Nikon D300 Nikon AF-S 24-79mm f/2.8 f/8 - 1/125s - ISO 200 Autofocus Fifth Avenue and Central, Hale shoes closed in 2009 after 87 years in business. The neon sign now resides in the Albuquerque Museum.
Brown European Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)
Here is a studio shot: Shot handheld with my D300 Nikon D300s Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor Studio Lighting f/11 - 1/250s - ISO 200 Autofocus VR On Macro Thoughts
Why Handheld Macro Photography?
Most of my macro photography library and most web commentary emphasizes stationary techniques. And, in general, I agree, for macro photography, tying yourself to a tripod gives the best results and opens up a range of techniques that are just not possible any other way. Without a stable platform, there is no practical means of using bellows, focus stacking, or tilt/shift techniques. And,...