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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.

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.

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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