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Photo Essay

Blooms 'n' Bugs
With summer as our fancy, our love
turns to wildflowers. And if you like
to take pictures, any camera will do,
but if you have one that will take
different lenses, award-winning
photos can come easily. Tips follow.
Text and photos by Bob Grytten
Above: It's often that an insect will pose for us, but this bee seems to be saying "take me,
take me." And though our regular camera lens usually will not allow us to get close to the
subject and still focus, the extension tube provides magnification, and also allows us to
get closer to the subject. The closer we get the more the background falls away, making
for a nice look.
Right: This handsome pickerel rush and bumblebee in flight were shot against a pond,
with a Sony a6000 camera and telephoto lens with extension tube on a tripod.
Far right: Sometimes backgrounds are distracting. If we move the camera so that there
is a natural space, preferably dark, behind the subject, we can lose those distractions
completely, as here with the bee working over this tickseed sunflower. To further drop
the background, use the flash that's on the camera to illuminate the subject. When the
flash reaches the subject, it goes no further, helping the background disappear. To
soften the flash use a handkerchief over the flash to cut down the intensity.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016

Happy 100th to Our National Parks
West Virginia Waterfalls: The Photo Essay
Blooms ‘n’ Bugs and How To Photograph Them
The Southern Mountain Bucket List
The Great Tastes of East Tennessee
Home, Sweet Mountain Home
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Contributors’ Notes
Mill Creek Stories
Mountain Report
Great Buys
Creature Feature
The Hike
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Mountain Garden
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 6
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Letters/Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Contributors’ Notes
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 13
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Happy 100th to Our National Parks
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 28
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 30
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 34
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - West Virginia Waterfalls: The Photo Essay
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 38
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Blooms ‘n’ Bugs and How To Photograph Them
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - The Southern Mountain Bucket List
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - 43
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - The Great Tastes of East Tennessee
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Home, Sweet Mountain Home
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2016 - Mountain Garden
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