Tag Archives: Canon EOS 60D

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?

 

Panoramic HDR Experiment

I went out with my tripod to shoot a structured panorama in at least 3 by 2. I made it 4 by 2 but it was not convincing. Because I also experimented…

Another thing I wanted to try was a panorama with a wide angle lens. So I used my trusted Sigma portrait in 10mm and used a recipe which nearly always worked for me.

The recipe as always: 3 pictures using 9 brackets with Magic Lantern on my 60D, HDR created with HDR Efex, and panorama with Microsoft ICE.

There were problems with the distortion near the lens, like in the railing you can see on the left. I don’t know if the result is also there because of the horizontal lines. I will try to find out.

I am very pleased with the look of this picture. What is your opinion?

Beautiful failure

I tried to get an ND-Filter with varying factor by combining a circular and a linear polfilter.

It worked fine, at least until I saw the results. the exposure is 30 seconds, the lens flare is pin sharp and the colors went amok.

I also have the impression that the reflected IR-light is starting to get importance versus the “normal” light.

It is a failure but it is beautiful.