Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Just A Little Bit Closer!

I'm starting to like my tripod!  It think I need to give it a name since lately it's been going everywhere with me!  It's pretty amazing even if it can be a pain!!
In the macro class with Suttercal we had a lesson on focus. He gave us tips to help us get sharper images and to get more of the object in focus by using different camera settings.
It was suggested that we try to photograph something relatively flat to work on sharpness. By adjusting the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO you can get more in focus. All of these were taken with manual focus and are straight out of the camera, no cropping.
I started out with a postage stamp. Wouldn't you love to go back to the days of  three cent stamps!!  I took this picture inside near a bright window.
2.8/100mm macro lens, tripod, shutter speed 1/125, aperture f/8, ISO 1600
This Vinca is fairly flat with gently curves.  I used a mist bottle to add the drops of water, just cause I like drops!! It was taken in morning light on my porch.
2.8/100mm macro lens, tripod, shutter speed 1/80, aperture f/7.1, ISO 100
I have learned since I took this photo that the shutter speed should have been at least over 100 since I was using my 100mm lens.  Another rule to rattle around in my brain!

Have to start with a disclaimer on this one! I would love to photograph a flitting butterfly up this close, but that's not going to happen!!  I'm sorry to say this lovely butterfly met it's demise in the car grill!  It was a very windy this day, so I brought the wing inside and placed it near a bright window.
2.8/100mm macro lens, tripod, shutter speed 1/125, aperture 4.5, ISO 1600
Another not so active insect!  This guy had been stung by a wasp. My grandson and I saw the wasp. It was carrying the caterpillar and dropped him on the porch near us. Of course, what do all little boys want to do? Touch it!  Aaron had just rolled him over to see his feet, when I grabbed the camera and took a few shots. This is a good example of how narrow field of focus can be in macro photography. You can see the blur in front of and behind the caterpillar.

2.8/50mm lens, propped camera, shutter speed 1/125; aperture f/9, ISO 1600

This shot of a  quilting pin in a strawberry pin cushion was taken near a bright window.
2.8/100mm macro lens, tripod, shutter speed 1/100, aperture f/4, ISO 800

I saved my favorite for last!  I love this shot of a tiny acorn!  There's so much detail and texture. It also makes me think of the cooler days of fall!

2.8/50mm macro lens, propped camera, morning light, shutter speed 1/125, aperture f/9, ISO 1600

I hope this hasn't bored you since it's filled with photography jargon!  You can always skip that part and just enjoy looking at a few beauties of nature!!
who dwell among the beauties
and mysteries of the earth
are never alone or weary of life.
                      ~Rachel Carson


  1. Perfectly amazing images, Cathy! I would like to know what kind of tripod you are using. To be able to get one in that position has to be very helpful.

  2. I would never be bored by your photos! Kuddos all around! The acorn is certainly worth the new header.
    Plus any day I read a Rachel Carson quote is a good day indeed.

  3. Okay, my second comment today... I love this new look! Yes, I know we just exchanged emails about this, but I had to come and check it out. Very nice! We'll make a geek out of you yet....

  4. Love how you continue to explore and push your own boundaries. Embracing your tripod - allowing the technology to work for you, to get you these incredible shots.

  5. wow!! amazing macro shots. as you know, a macro lens is on my christmas list this year. lol. just curious, would you say the tripod is a must for macro photography? should i put that on my list as well? :)


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