I did a macro of a spring from a pen. When trying different sorts of light I got nice interference patterns when lightpainting with a laser pointer. If you look at the stars on the right you can see them. I did less magnification so you can see many of them 🙂
Category Archives: Macro
Macros with Retroadapter, ein Album auf Flickr.
My ultra macros are getting more and more. Looking back I only can say, that I learned a lot. I learned a lot of the things I already wrote about: use a tripod, move the object and not the camera, shoot tethered and so on. Read more
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.
I was looking for some projects I can take inside. One of the things I always wanted to do was a burning match macro.
The setup was as follows:
- I used a Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens on a retro adapter on a Canon 60D. In the shot it was 25mm.
- 2 flashlights directed at the match head – if you use no light you will not be able to shoot the ignition. I made some test shots and had to change the ISO to 400 to get a shorter time: 1/30.
- I set up a tethered shot with the PC and used a clamp to hold the match. I light the match from beneath and take the shot.
There is one thing you should know: I had to clean the UV-Filter I used as a lens protector afterwards. The gases of the burning match head seems to condense on the glass easily.
I wanted to try a different self portrait.
I tried some monochrome work and experimented with lighting. In the end there was this one shot I loved. Not only because the structures work so good – also because there is this piece of paper with black attached …
Good ideas like the pencil are things which will live nearly forever. So I decided to show my children how the sharp tip of a pencil looks like.
The problem with Macros is always the lighting. But there is a simple solution to that: With a retro adapter the DOF is limited to a 1 or 2 centimeters, so you can put smaller objects on the small softboxes you get for speedlights. The nearly have the right height and they are perfect: translucent and easy to move (to get the focus right).
In the picture above you can see how the different lights (ambient from the box below and spot from above) change the way you see the structure in the lead of the pencil. You can even see how the lead was glued into the wood…