Tom Pickering, APSA  

Feather by Tom Pickering, APSA

October 2021 - Feather

October 2021 - Tom Pickering, APSA


About the Image(s)

Specs: D5000, Laowa 25mm Ultra Macro, F5.6, 1/6s, 5:1, Macro Rig

Nothing fancy this month as I’m just getting back to photography - I've really missed it. Simple feather found on my sidewalk a couple of months ago, which I new would likely be a good macro subject (though not very unique). Processed in ACR to adjust tonality, then into Affinity Photo to crop & cleanup debris. Original 1 is a 1:1 shot of the same feather to give perspective. Suggestions?

9 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Hey, Tom, I'm glad to see your picture.

Glad to see that Laowa being given use, too.

You remind me, I must make a more rigid camera support, my tripod is too wobbly for high magnification.

I like your composition, which gives nice interest to, as you say, a not very unique subject. Nice and sharp, good detail. Good interpretations of common subjects is fine in my view, else we'd see few nice flower pictures either.   Posted: 10/04/2021 14:26:52
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
It seemed rather wasteful to see the Laowa just sitting there after investing in it. d;¬{D   Posted: 10/04/2021 15:04:06
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
True. Even more reason for me to make a good stand, like yours, as my MP-E is the worst for making my setup wobble, being so heavy. Tomorrow, maybe!   Posted: 10/04/2021 15:43:41
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I used a 2"x6"x12" as the base - not sure what the UK equivalent would be - whatever wood size is used for framing houses. The fun part is finding a way to attach a ball head to the wood base. For that, I used a platypod Ultra which I screwed onto the wood base.   Posted: 10/05/2021 00:00:33
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think I saw a picture of your setup months ago when you posted it. I've been too lazy / busy to develop my own version, but higher magnification macro is near impossible without a sturdy support. You've certainly used a beefy base. Devices to give versatility eg those sold by the motorised rail vendors look to be very useful too. I'd thought of using a sensitive drill base and column, screwed to a similar heavy wood base.I bought a cheap sensitive feed drill some years ago as I needed a motor and set of pulleys and this drill was cheaper than buying a motor alone! So the base and column is somewhere in this house I'm sure, but we have a lot of hiding places. I'll let you know how I get on.   Posted: 10/05/2021 03:19:24

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
My favorite part of this image personally is the play of light and dark tones. The gold tones are stunning and really pulled it all together for me. Good use of diagonal lines. Very sharp focus and pretty, but subtle, lighting. Great use of a feather!   Posted: 10/04/2021 17:15:39
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thanks, Carol. I lit the feather from the front and the back, hoping to maximize the tonal variety. At least for you, I seem to have succeeded. d;¬{D   Posted: 10/04/2021 23:42:42

Dick States   Dick States
(Group 6)
Hi Tom. Love your true and only macro in this group. All other images are close-ups. You said its not unique but true macro makes every image unique if done well, Great composition and lighting. Love the patterns. Great shot.
It's time all members in this group start doing true macro shots.   Posted: 10/10/2021 20:02:36
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Thank you for the kind words.   Posted: 10/10/2021 23:12:41


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