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    Posted December 11, 2013 by
    Newtown, Pennsylvania
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

    365 Day Photo Project

    I hear and see mostly negative stories about the winter weather, but then ran across "Ice as you've never seen it before" (CNN). Seems that, as I did, fellow photographers find the positive in the storms sweeping across the nation. The ice and snow bring out so many wondrous images just outside your door. Lucky to be able to take the harshest winter days off, I usually bundle up, grab the camera, and head out for a hike in local trails and parks. You just can't beat the feeling of solitude and a sense of calm that a hike in a winter storm brings. Much like the photographers in the article mentioned above, I took some macro shots of the wonders just outside my door. However, I used another tool, an inexpensive reversal ring that fits your basic lenses. Attaching the ring to the front of the lens allows you to turn it around and attach it to your camera body making the lens into a microscope of sorts.

    The attached image(s) were taken this way. I post these images on my photo blog as well ( Here I've also challenged myself to make one photo each day for 365 days (I'm on day 113). This challenge has inspired me to get out there in every type of weather to simply see things that I normally wouldn't see or experience. It also challenges me to become a better photographer by learning new techniques and by not just settling for a snap shot. It makes me think more about composing and making a photograph that tells a story and shows others the way I see and what I see in the world.

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