Category Archives: Macro

On averaging(,) wool and the shadow test

Noise is your friend, noise is your enemy. Depends on who you are. For a photographer noise is mostly unwanted.

So there are millions of options and tool, how to get rid of noise. The easiest one being reducing your ISO to 200 or lower. This might be OK if you have time and lots of light.

But there are other methods and I was trying out an interesting one: Image averaging.

Noise comes because the camera is afraid ?!

Noise comes because the camera is afraid ?!

Averaging is a method which depends on one fact: The noise in the pictures is always different. Basically you take some pictures, treat them and put them together in an image editing program by a special recipe. Each layer gets the following opacity in percent:

100 *1/(number of layers below + 1)

Hence the number sequence starting at the bottom is 100, 50, 33.3, 25, 12.5 and so on. If you want to get a little bit more theoretical background, have a look hereย at Cambridge in colour (a wonderful site for noobs and pros).

I tried it once with a moving shadow (top picture), which consists of 3 shots at ISO 1600 and one macro with the Yasuhara Nanoha at f/32 and ISO 100 (but longer exposure: 1,6 seconds), just enough to get enough light and not have the wool move because of the warmth of the light. I have the impression it also improved the sharpness.

I will definitely try again with macros.

Red wool

Red wool

At the end a small tipp for users of pixelmator: You can add pictures as layers by using the menu only. And the funny part is: You have to add every single picture as one. Red wool consists of 7 pictures… ย …boring work until the fast guys from pixelmator bring us a new feature ๐Ÿ˜‰

The ultramacro lens for Sony Nex

Actually I do not think the Yasuhara Nanoha is not really a macro lens. It is more like the missing link between a macro lens and a microscope.

The lens comes with a ย 3 LED lighting which is fixed to the lens. A screw driver is included, so you could remove it. There is also a battery box (which is fed by 2 AA batteries) and a USB cable.

The lens has a maximum aperture of 11 and stops down to 32 and the focus works between 11 and 16 millimeters. I do not need to tell you what that means for depth of field.

I started a Flickr group dedicated to the Yasuhara Nanoha. If you want to see some special things nanohified let me know…

Kenko and Nanoha

The letter




Drilling through light

Drilling through light by stst31415
Drilling through light, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

It is Monday, autumn and I shoot a macro again. Today’s topic in macro monday is metal – so I chose a drill. And I drilled for light because this was the strangest thing ever I had to light. Whatever you do, you have to live with the highlights, the flares and the unwanted reflections.

One of the days when I know why I love and hate photography.

Lined paper

Lined paper by stst31415
Lined paper, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I tried to shoot another macro but wanted to use a different light. A bunch of paper was used – you can see the edges and lines of the paper.
A white LED was the light source from the left and a laser pointer was used from the top and aimed between the paper.
In post processing I used the tonal contrast filter from Nik Color Efex. This enhanced the edges and enhanced the abstract effect of the picture.
I can imagine this quite good on a wall.

Sucked into a seashell

Sucked into a seashell by stst31415
Sucked into a seashell, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

The funny thing on macros is that you see and realize the small details. Textures and colors get their own life on the big screen.
In this one I used two LED-lamps as spots and had a 18-55mm reversed with approximately 50mm. I changed the aperture to f/13 to get some depth. Postprocessing was mostly sharpening and color correction.

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