Lauren Heerschap  

Macro Computer Chip by Lauren Heerschap

August 2022 - Macro Computer Chip

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Macro Computer Chip: Iso 640, 60mm, f2.8; focus stacked in camera 8 images. It is amazing to think how much these tiny things change our lives! This chip is about ¼ inch square. The background is actually a black piece of fabric. I would like some suggestions if the background adds or detracts? Should I black it completely out or leave the texture?

5 comments posted

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I do like the detail of this image with all the lines radiating from the central block. Particularly I like that the "chip" is off-center, to the right matching the direction of the lower connections. It almost looks as though it is walking.
The lines of the fabric below (and above) are, I think, a relevant metaphor for other connections and wires, and I would suggest that this be retained; the unfocused cloth on the left however I would eliminate.   Posted: 08/06/2022 12:20:45
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thanks Gerard. I will work on that unfocused cloth area.   Posted: 08/12/2022 17:43:35

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Lauren, intriguing image. Great subject. The first impression I had was that I was looking down into a stadium. Then my attention shifted to the connectors that strongly resemble guitars. The edges of the central rectangle are distorted and resemble reflections. Could the arena have sunk into the rising ocean? Are the guitars floating upwards? I do have two technical suggestions. The background is distracting to me. I would make it totally black. Also, the row of "poles" along the bottom is very bright and pulls my attention away from the center. I would tone them down. Of course this raises the question of where you place the focus of attention. Also, would it be fun to use a generic title and let the viewer ponder the identity of the subject? What camera was able to perform an 8-image focus stack?   Posted: 08/12/2022 12:20:20
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Judith, you are amazing in what you see! I shoot an Olympus camera that can be set to focus stack and then produce in camera a .jpg, or you can use the multiple images (up to 100) to be run through Photoshop or Xerene Stacker apps. It is very handy for macro work to have it set to automatically create the image from a stack!   Posted: 08/12/2022 17:46:26

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, Great stacking job! Cameras with in-camera stacking focus have been a great addition to the technique. I don't think I could do as good a job with any mechanical focusing rail. They just wobble too much between shots of extremely small subjects. Your Olympus does a great job.
I do like the background texture. It adds more context rather than a subject floating in black or white space. If all of the contacts on top and bottom would be included, we would see a robot centipede! Karl   Posted: 08/14/2022 21:28:20


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