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The burning match

I was looking for some projects I can take inside. One of the things I always wanted to do was a burning match macro.

Burning match
Burning match

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.

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Don’t look back in anger

I wanted to try a different self portrait.

Don't look back in anger
Don’t look back in anger, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.
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Small print, now big

Small print, now big by stst31415
Small print, now big, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

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 …

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Before the laser printer – Retro adapter lighting tip

Before the laser printer... by stst31415
Before the laser printer…, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

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…

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Thinking about a project…

I was stuck in work lately and there were not too many moments to do some photography. But I used the time in the evenings and mornings to learn things on

  1. Panoramas
  2. Macros
  3. Lighting
It is interesting to see how these 3 points come up on a regular basis. The panorama thing is something which is kind of a Forbes 100 topic of photography. But without a nodal point adapter it is simply limited. What I learned in the past weeks is, that it is easier to come up with a usable result if the scene is far away and you use a standard to light zoom lens. The following one was made using a 50mm lens and I swept the scene – like the people with Sony cameras do.

The view from the 19th floor

I learned something about the limits of my hard- and software when processing this 14 pictures panorama. So I ended up processing the pictures before stitching, like I do with HDR panoramas.
The second topic which I love at the moment is Macros. I think I will save for a Canon 100mm macro. It is already on my wishlist at Amazon. I tried to find out if there are good macro panoramas out there. I could not find any tipps, so I guess I have to find these things out myself and write a blog post (Now I know that you will read that).
Recently I bought Light Science and Magic by Fil Hunter. And I love it. Yes you are right: We are in the middle of point 3 of my list. It is sweet mixture of things you already know, things you will remember, things you understand and also a lot of new things – the last point is depending on prior knowledge and what you already tried. What I love on this book is that it is very good to read and there are examples you can try at home.
I think that the next few projects will have something to do with all the 3 things. Nearly middle of Octobre, the coloured leaves season ahead, cold long winter evenings with plenty of time to read and experiment. Great times!
What will your next projects be? Leave a message after the beep!
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Tips of screws – seashell style

Tips of screws by stst31415
Tips of screws, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

If you ever wanted to know what the tops of screws look like then check out this macro. I reconfigured my retroadapter to f/16 and used a flash for the first time (with a soft box top and a white cloth as a reflector on the other side). A little bit too much sharpness, but I love it.

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Another lesson learned from macros

Why do they allow an ugly tent there? by stst31415
Black and green velcro, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I wanted to make a macro shot of velcro for a long time. So I reactivated  my retroadapter and tried some shots.

The first thing I did was positioning my tripod. And then I tried to focus. I do not have any very special equipment. So the first thing I learned was: Do not move that camera. I moved the object.

In combination with a retro adapter the distance between the lens and the object is ridiculously small. So the next thing I learned is: Use good lighting. So I was using two strong LED lamps as spots and a strong ambient light.

Of course I did not try the third thing because I had to learn it. I used the live -view in order to get the focus right, but the live view shuts off. So the next thing I did was searching the internet and finding out that I can tether my camera.

So I ended up with a ministudio in which Velcro was sitting on top of a soft box right in front of my camera in front of my PC, lighted by two spots which are small enough to put them in my pockets.

The question remaining is: How can I extend the distance between my lens and the object when using a retro adapter? Do you have an answer?


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DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4

DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4
DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

Still trying to master the 1.4 with manual focusing on my 60D. It seems bad to focus with the liveview. I have seen some good shots and some bad ones but it still hits me like a hammer how shallow DOF can be. The focus lies on the second row of dots on the black die and does not really reach the green one. This is a wonderful and mean piece of old glass 🙂

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Low budget macro photography: First lessons learned

There is always a lesson to be learned. The more you know, the more you can learn.

Of course, this is not whatI learned this evening. I learned some things which were obvious and some thatwere even more obvious but it should be mentioned that things which are written down tend not to get lost that easy.

  1. The tripod is your friend. Compared to my first attempts the shots from today are pearls.Desinfecting needles with UV?