About The World Within Photography

I have always had an interest in the details within the landscape.  The structure, color and design present inside flowers, grasses, leaves, and rocks show a world that is always worthwhile to stop and explore. By looking carefully, there are lots and lots of new compositions.  One type of macro subject that I have explored over and over is dewdrops and water drops, to the point that some believe that I will not go out to photograph unless I can get wet. 


After a career in chemicals and marketing, I began to teach close-up photography at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL and to help out with the Fall Color Photography Workshop at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.  In addition to teaching Close-up photography at the Morton Arboretum, I teach a class on night-time photography in the winter and a class on the photography of dragonflies and butterflies in the summer.  


Over the past several years, I have been awarded several honors, including First Place at the 2010 Danada Nature Show and Second Place in the 2011 National Wildlife Society's annual photo contest.  In addition I have been a speaker at several Chicago-area camera clubs, talking about close-up and macro photography

I recently became interested in focus stacking as a technique to improve Depth of Field.  As a part of that I have been exploring the use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) as a means of further improving the feel of flower and plant images.  The combination of focus stacking and HDR can yield interesting compositions that have been mistaken for paintings.


Ken Thompson