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Perfection

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It’s rare to find perfect flowers to photograph in the wild or in gardens, but you can come close.


Window Pane – 2

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This just shows that the window pane, a popular lighting effect can be scaled. You could even use it in portraiture making it look like you were using a window light.


Window Pane

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The window pane pattern comes from a grid on my soft box off to the side. You can use any off camera flash in a cheap soft box but make sure you get a grid to create this effect and to better direct the light. Godox and Neweer have good boxes.


Top Down Lighting

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There are unlimited numbers of lighting schemes, and groups thereof. Taking top down lighting as an example, I wanted to try it with a very narrow beam of light – shooting down a cardboard  paper towel tube was one thing I tried, then a few snoots (snoots are plastic, fabric or metal very like the paper towel tube I fabricated). I found most worked equally well regardless of length. It was where the light was focused that mattered most, and for me the best position was slightly in front of the object but shedding some light on the front of the subject. This called is feathering.


Forked

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This photograph was born of an idea to try something influenced by Busby Berkeley’s amazing cinema choreography (worth a look up on You Tube). Inspiration is a wonderful thing.


The Common Kitchen Sponge (Two Photographs)

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I was pretty sure that the sponge would make for an interesting subject. I did not realize it would be so fluid. Only about one in three tries at this level of magnification work out. In some cases I have taken a hundred shots on an educated guess of the outcome with mixed results.


Photography is an Art Form (Two Photographs)

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I am a firm believer that photography is an art form and that you can be very creative in this medium. It’s one of the reasons I decided to try extreme macro, the abstracts and designs are endless. In this case an old tape measure.


Lights, Camera, Action…

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At one point I worked in the Movies but that was a long time ago. My current camera, I am told, makes wonderful movies. I sincerely doubt that I could make a quality movie with any DSLR or mirrorless without purchases of necessary accessories, a considerable learning curve and new software. I am quite content with stills. The shot here was not easy and took three lights: a gridded soft box to the left pointed along the table, a second light highlighted the unraveling film, and a third acted as fill for the rest. After 60 shots I got the reel of film illuminated, after that it was smooth sailing.


Patina of a Medal (Two Photographs)

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The medal here is from 1918 Union of Former Soldiers founded by President Clemenceau. I picked it up years ago in a flea market. Close-up it’s just another abstract.


Spooky Button (Two Photographs)

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As I was on sewing theme I thought about buttons and came across this one. With motorized focus stacking you have a choice to mount the apparatus horizontally or vertically, a change that requires rebuilding the stage (another hour or so in the process). I did this one both ways, with vertical being the winner. Vertical stages are more prone to shake, a passing truck can make the difference. There’s a way to compensate but it adds time and exposures to the stack.


Spool of Thread (Two Photographs)b

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This was an exercise in trying to figure out what caused the colour shift. It has not occurred with any other focus stack. I took this one twice with different exposures, checking the colour style in camera only to have the same issue. Not that I don’t like the result its just nice to know how it got there.


Thimbles (Three Photographs)

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Thimbles turned out to be quite interesting especially with all the wear and tear. These are easily 40 years old and have seen a lot of use. I will be coming back to these for some different angles. By the way each of the close up photos takes over an hour to shoot and sometimes more. Getting the exposure right, setting up the focus stack, building the stage for the thimble to stand on etc. etc. and then the processing of 40-100 shots depending on depth wanted can add another hour.


Thread (Two Photographs)

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Thread is made up of smaller and smaller strands making for interesting compositions, with the caveat that close up there can also be a lot of fuzz.


A Screwdriver (Two Photographs)

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With extreme macros it’s unlikely that your audience will be able to guess the subject, all they see is your composition. So I have made it easy, this is a close-up of the wooden portion of the screwdriver shown below.

 


Ruins

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These are the ruins of an old bike shop. Abandoned places like this make for great photography.


Nothing Here

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I cannot think of a better way to say that there is nothing here.


Not a meteor

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Actually it’s the head of match. I’d have lit it but was worried about my gear, instead I went for dramatic lighting.


Looking About

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My cure for feeling that I see nothing to shoot is to look at things from a different perspective, one not intended. This is the pedestal of a statue.


Strange Two

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The sky and the weathered concrete have an almost end of world look. Lowering highlights alway enhances great skies.


More Pop Art

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I am still working at perfecting my 5x life macro skills, and of course flat objects are easier than objects with depth that require focus stacking. These are from some tea packaging and a Kleenex box.


Strange

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Sometime reflections add a surreal edge to a photo. The technique was much used in early cinema noire.


Glass No.7

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A proud door reflects its view.


Glass No.6

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Windows add light to this odd balloon advertising an exhibit on germs.


Glass No.5

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Getting low for the reflection in a lobby creates an interesting and unusual point of view.