Pat Glenn  

Untitled by Pat Glenn

January 2022 - Untitled

January 2022 - Pat Glenn


About the Image(s)

Nikon D750, Nikon Micro 105mm,
Lens near the 1:1 focus [maybe 1:2];
did aperture priority;
One photo f14, shutter 1/15. vs other f5.6, shutter 1/60
Note: Main Image at f14 and Original 1 at f5.6.

Both decrease highlight and increase shadow a little, clarity/texture increase, both cropped.
Tripod used but I was moving it around trying to get it focused.
I am looking for suitable photos for the macro lens - still seeing how the focus fits into the photos. I found this shell necklace - something different than a flower.
I bought a “light box” so I could shoot inside the house…. No wind! I has internal lights with a remote for colors and different intensities… FUN, FUN!!! I was not overly focused on lighting more interested in composition and focus of objects in macro …. Ultimate question… what will look good in macro.

4 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The composition works very well in this, and you've captured a nice depth of field on the one shell, pulling it out from the others that are less in focus. I would have expected the shell to its immediate right to be in focus as it looks like its on the same focal plane. I am guessing that it has to do with where you placed your camera for this shot? This is a great image; maybe try the same variables but place your camera lens on the exact same plane as the two shells? And see what you think of that? Great work!
  Posted: 01/11/2022 14:47:45

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
As a picture, I think it's a bit busy, too many shells to look at.
As a macro technique exercise, I think it's good - good exposure, nice lighting and exposure with no blown highlights or blocked shadows. Good sharpness at the plane of focus. As we've discussed before, depth of field in artistic macro can be whatever you like to get the effect you're after, and here we've got a sharp central area and nicely lightly blurred background which makes the central ones stand out. Good!   Posted: 01/11/2022 16:36:00

Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
yes to both Carol and Stuart. I think if I bring more than one shell in focus/same focal plane and then crop a little it will pop the shells out of the photo but leave the unfocused bkgrd still there. for macro set up I is between moving the shells vs moving the camera. I was happy to get anything in focus to submit but could definitely work more on this set up. and my new box hold promise. thx   Posted: 01/15/2022 12:06:08

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
As I mentioned to Keith, in Macro it's important to set your lens at 1:1, turn off Auto Focus, and don't touch the focus ring. Either move your subject until it's in focus or move the camera until the subject is in focus. When working inside on a tripod, the best tool to add is a focus rail, which will allow you to move the camera in small increments to get the focus you want. I started with one like this:

While a rail like this is not real good for focus stacks, it does work really well for getting your subject in the best focus without touching the focus ring.   Posted: 01/17/2022 15:58:42


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