November 2013 Contest Winners “Macro Photography”The first place photograph of two front yard cactus blooms was taken by Ken Haley nearly three years ago. Ken has kept the image in his computer file and has used it frequently as an ornament on the club’s 2013 Christmas tree displayed in the Madera Clubhouse. Ken also used the image in a plastic place mat he created for his wife’s birthday party favors. Ken used a devise called a tent to take the picture. This is a a 30 inch cube of white material with one open side. The tent surrounds three sides of the object to be photographed with two flash units placed on the outside. This diffuses the light for soft indirect light source. Ken also hung a black cloth on the back of the tent to create the black background. Camera: Canon 5D with 24mm to 70mm zoom lens, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, flash used.Pete Murphy repeated his second place finish again this month with a close-up of a barrel cactus in his front yard. Pete used his Nikon Coolpix for the shot taken within a half inch from the purple flower. We can actually see the eyes, mouth, and nose of the bee. Pete’s camera does have a macro setting and can provide excellent results from a distance of less than one half inch.Camera: Nikon Coolpix P500, f/5.4, 1/320 sec, ISO 160, 31.2 mm focal length (176 mm equivalent in a 35 mm camera). Bob Johnson’s third place butterfly photograph was taken several years ago at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, during that year’s “Butterfly Magic” program. This annual event runs fro October to April with different species introduced at various times during the season. The public can also see the cocoons that have been brought in during the transition stage. The butterflies are confined to a heated greenhouse with an entrance and exit designed to prevent their escape. For more information go to: http://www.tucsonbotanical.org.Camera: Sony DSC camera, 49mm (69mm equivalent). f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 200.