I asked my dentist if I could have some old drills and I got lucky. And this is the beauty with the awful sound. Goosepimps anybody?
I also changed the theme for my website to a more graphic one. The first page will look different by the time I have more entries, due to the featured images I did not use until now.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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 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?
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.
- The tripod is your friend. Compared to my first attempts the shots from today are pearls. Read more
Did you ever want to create one of these gigantic macros without cropping your pictures? It is only a question of time until you find mentions of a retro adapter. A retro adapter is a adapter attached to your lens so you can use it the other way around. The adapter fits the end where you use to screw your filters onto. I have a protector for the now open end of the lens.
The principal which comes to use is that… People who know me, expect at least 1460 words of scientific conundrums and several links to wikipedia and wolfram. Not here! It works. This is all that matters. So I started to have a look at the tips of my beloved aquarel pencils. They look like this:
Do you see the problem? The highlights are blown out, because I had the problem with the lighting. You can see the harsh shadows due to the additional light of a fenix LD20 in burst mode. What you also see is the very shallow DOF (see also Two acronyms in photography you should know). So you can imagine the following: Me, trying to focus on the tips of the pencils holding the camera with both hands, trying hard not to breath andgiving instructions to the very patient woman in my life. Please higher my dear, to the right, more, less,…. I bet her secret middle name is patience.
So I searched the web and tried to find the solution for the shallow DOF and here it is: Read more