Jeff Fleisher  

Gears by Jeff Fleisher

June 2021 - Gears

About the Image(s)

I thought I would enter a picture that is a little different for me. I took this picture during a Mike Moats Macro Photography workshop. We went from station to station working with different props and this station had a pile of gears. They were all shapes, sizes, colors and materials. I shot this with my Nikon D7200 at ISO 400, f/22 and 0.8 seconds. I used my 200 mm Micro lens. This was shot inside with room lighting. I tried to capture the essence of the gears and highlight the glass jewel set at the 1/3 point in the image. This is a single image with very little post processing. I adjusted some of the highlight and shadow levels and added a little contrast but that was all.

3 comments posted

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I've taken the Mike Moats macro workshop and remember all the little items he has to use for photography practice and how much fun the workshop was. It's nice to do different things now and then. This is a pleasant image and the composition is nice. I might have
put more variation in the gear colors underneath, although it might look messy with too much variation. You handled the highlights in the glass jewel nicely.

Why did you shoot with an ISO of 400? Mike moats was big on keeping his ISO at 100 so I'm curious to see if he's changed. It's interesting to me that the same set of gears and trinkets are used in all his workshops, yet each image is so different.
  Posted: 06/18/2021 13:50:50
Jeff Fleisher   Jeff Fleisher
Glad to hear you took one of Mike Moats classes. He is really good! Are you a member of his online macro club?

I could have shot at ISO 100 since I was on a tripod but the exposure time was about a second as it was. I shot at f/22 to get some depth of field. Since we were moving from table to table with a variety of lighting I just set it at ISO 400 and left it there.   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:57:09

Michael Ross
Interesting. I am impressed by ability to do this with room lighting; I have not worked much with room (or unassisted natural) lighting.   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:45:43


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