Getting Even Closer!

So, I’ve been experimenting with a Raynox 250, as I said in my previous post. This is essentially a lense that clips on to the front of a lense to get you even closer. When combined with a macro lense, you get even closer. This does have it’s problems though, in that even with steady hands there’s still some shake, requiring high shutter speeds and a bit of luck. A tripod would make life easier when it comes to shake, but also makes life more difficult if you want to freely explore an object.

If I was feeling brave, I could even throw in some extension tubes and get closer still, but there’s only so much you can do whilst retaining your sanity!

I will be keeping the Raynox close to hand as it’s useful, but will need more practice using. Here are a few images I’ve made using it, mostly clipped onto my Tamron 90mm.

The luminous colours of a Dianthus.
The petals of a daisy type flower.
A close up of the centre of the daisy like flower.
A close up of the entrance to a Trailing Petunia
This image was and experiment. It’s actually a curve of bubbles around a glass of coke. I lit it with an LED lamp, with a black background. The focus isn’t perfect, but I think that actually adds to the sparkle.
This little fella is only 1-2mm in size. Had to crop it quite aggressively. It’s quite amazing the detail you can get.
And to end on an orange Viola.

Captures of the Day (6/5/19)

Today’s captures, again all taken with Lensbaby Composer and Edge 35 Optic, with a 12mm Extension Tube thrown into the mix in places.

Osteospermum. Was really happy with how the details in the centre came out.
I was really attracted to the contrast between red and green.
Dead hydrangea stems. Really liked the distortion I got with this one.
Little yellow flowers.

Creepy and Crawly

Macro photo of a spider

Sometimes the mood takes me and I break out the macro lense, extension tubes and ring flash to hunt for insects hiding around the flat. Living and dead, I’m fascinated by all the tiny details revealed.

Another macro photo of a spider.

Getting this close brings it’s own problems, especially if you’re hand holding the camera. While using a tripod would make it easier to get the focus where you want it, for me it’s very restricting in the fluidity of exploring an object.

A macro photo of the remains of a fly.

The dead insects etc. are interesting in their own way. Details of their decay that would normally go unnoticed, are brought to the fore.

Sometimes, missing the shot – for whatever reason – can be serendipitous, giving a creepy image like the one above.

Captures of the day (23/4/19)

Pink blossom

These are a few shots taken today, at or near Lake Community Gardens.

A tree

Again, I’ve been using the Edge 35 Optic in a Lensbaby Composer, with mixed success.

A seed head

The software I use for managing and editing photos is called Exposure X4.5. I’m still tied into lightroom for my past photos, but I prefer Exposure for it’s ease of use and power. I also use GIMP or Photoshop when the need arises.

A rusty gas lantern (I think)
I love a bit of rust!