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  • (Excerpt from an article on photography; how to use specialized camera lenses.)
  • Now that you are acquainted with your camera and have become more proficient taking pictures, it’s time to perfect your technique with the use of special accessory lenses. This article will help by telling you when, and how, to use them. We will focus on the three more common types; telephoto, close up, and wide angle.
  • When you’ve got your shot in view but can’t get close enough to your subject, it’s time to use a telephoto lens. These special lenses make distant objects appear closer. They come in various strengths; the 1.5X size makes objects appear 1 ½ times larger, 2X twice as large, etc. Many real estate professionals use this type lens to capture architectural details, such as ceiling moldings and elaborate light fixtures.
  • To use a telephoto lens attach it directly to the camera, if it has that capacity, or use a lens adapter. It can be used in addition to the camera’s built-in zoom (if it has one) to increase closeness. But to maintain the highest resolution possible, use the telephoto lens with the standard (lowest) camera setting, without using the zoom function
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  • (Excerpt from an article about natural gardens.)
  • While it is true not all Japanese gardens are alike, some more abstract – commanding attention, others that softly blend in with surroundings, their common ground is a compatibility and deep respect for nature.
  • Each region has its own possibilities for growing a natural garden. The key is in adapting to the attitude of the natural landscape: curving rather than straight, a flow of groupings rather than individual varieties, layered planting that include groundcover, flowers, shrubs, and trees, and the use of natural instead of artificial materials.
  • For instance, using a variety of flowers, some early, some late bloomers, and other vegetation planted in drifts rather than rows can give a garden a dynamic yet natural appearance. Low growing perennials spilling onto a pathway soften hard lines to blend in with the surrounding plants.
  • Work with nature when creating a natural garden. Nature has a balance; it abounds with a variety of plants, insects, and other wildlife that interact with each other. The mighty oak tree, for instance, might have taken root from an acorn planted by a squirrel a century ago. Nature works together.

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