Somehow on Saturday I got to looking at my flickr favorites list. One shot stood out to me that I had favorited forever ago with a desire to recreate one day. It was a close up of some toothpicks that had an almost flower like feel to them.
It had been a while since broke out my gear and way longer since I had done any macro work. So I got to playing with some toothpicks as well as one of those pin board toys that has hundreds of pins
Both of the subjects presented unique challenges. It took quite a while to get the toothpicks lined up correctly to be able to get them to rotate and get the feel that I wanted. I had to keep sticking in additional toothpicks into gaps, some would fall out when they wouldn’t have pressure on them (think jenga), shadows had to be correctly positioned to give separation, etc etc.
The pin board was very reflective so there was a lot of moving around of lights to get a good reflection and shadow relationship, changing the intensity of the lights (used two, one left, one right), making sure all the pins were down, getting them to be lined up correctly with the camera (with such a strong pattern its easy to tell when they aren’t right), etc .
The results are by no means gallery material, but they were a fun first stab at macro in the studio. I’m glad I favorited that image so many years ago and finally got around to trying to recreate it. There are many more that I am anxious to try in the future. While I think it’s good to be your own photographer and not copy others, it doesn’t hurt to try and recreate things every now and then for education sake 🙂
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Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/9 Macro, 1/400, f/4, 100 mm, ISO 100
When moving something the other day, some glass slid off a shelf and shattered on the driveway. Naturally before we cleaned it up I had to have some fun with it 🙂
Broken Glass set
Here’s a higher level view of the destruction.
and a few other favs
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Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/40, f/4, 100 mm, ISO 200
I had a great time at this months Photowalk with the Photowalking Utah group (also on Flickr). I spent most of the event with my 100mm Macro on which definitely pushed me to see things differently then when I go around with my 28-135 zoom. I also got to try out my new tripod which was awesome. I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot or several others without it.
I also had some new Lightroom presets that I used on the pictures in post processing which made it go quite fast and I’m very happy with the results.
Full set of photos from the shoot here
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Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/200, f/4, 100 mm, ISO 800
Frost on some leaves in my front yard. You don’t have to go far to find beautiful shots of nature.
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Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/200, f/4, 100 mm, ISO 100
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The last few days there has been a nice fog in Utah Valley in the mornings. This has been leaving a beautiful frost on everything making it white everywhere you look. So this morning I thought I’d venture out and get some shots. Here are a few of some barbed wire I found encased in frost. More frost shots to come in future posts.
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Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250, f/4.5, 100 mm, ISO 400
On a trip up to Nebo Loop I found an area that had trees with just about every color. I gathered one of each and found a nice big aspen trunk to lay them on. Quite pleased with the result.
I still need to get it printed out as a panorama but am excited to see it in person 🙂
Edit: Print is beautiful. If you are interested in a copy, my normal printer doesn’t do panoramas (SmugMug) so let me know and we can work something out.
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Canon Rebel XT, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/500, f/6.3, 100 mm, ISO 100
Taken on the impromptu temple square photowalk
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Canon Rebel XT, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/400, f/11, 85 mm, ISO 200
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