It’s always nice to have your work praised or appreciated, so I was pleased to see The Telegraph bought one of my images and published it today as their Picture Of The Day! You can view the rest of the images in this series here.
Here are the two polar opposites. The other 2 are more subtle in difference but which do you prefer? Vote here, please!
I don’t do bird photography. I’d like to as I love birds and animals but presently I’m 95% macro and my lenses are appropriate to that. I own one AF lens and that’s the Fuji 18-55mm for general photography. So, when I decided to record the Blue Tits in our old bird box, I had one lens that “might” work: an ancient Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar Electric 135mm f/3.5 which I bought to use as a tube lens for a microscope objective together with my Fuji X-T1. This was never going to end well, was it?
Probably not, no but photography doesn’t always have to be about exotic, beautifully framed images. Sometimes you just want a decent record to show your little son or wife.
And if that’s your goal, even an old MF lens from the 80s will capture some enjoyable shots! Well, my 7 y/o thinks so, anyways.
This image wasn’t actually taken at night at all! I used the Laowa 60mm UM on the X-T1 with a Yongnuo flash and soft box but it was almost 1700 hours UTC when I took it. Having lived in Scandinavia for most of my adult life, I loved observing Aurora Borealis and when I processed this one it reminded me of those incredible Northern Lights.
Experimenting with DOF.
I wanted to see exactly what level of detail of the spider the Fuji X-T1 and Laowa 60mm had managed to capture so I’ve zoomed in on the drop in the first image in the post below. Keep in mind the spider is encapsulated in water which, in itself, has an optical effect and a detrimental impact upon the detail. I’m personally impressed by the sharpness and overall image IQ this combo has produced, particularly given the conditions. The subject was never still.
Whilst learning about light refraction I decided to take advantage of the rain today and shoot some raindrops on the washing line.
As I was perusing the line I suddenly noticed this tiny spider caught in a raindrop!
How cool is that? For me, that’s macro!
With the goal of photographing dewdrops, I’m beginning to try to get my head around light refraction. To understand it better, I used this glass door knob to get a better look.
As I typed the title of this post I’m fairly sure I heard the tiny wasp mutter: “Pot, kettle..”
If you’ve ever wondered how to hold small objects in your light tent whilst photographing them, the above little stand is what many of us use. I bought mine from an online auction retailer and then modified it by bolting it to an old engine part that I’d previously used as a prop for some watch photos. The base isn’t permanent and can be unbolted and removed in seconds but when on it provides much better stability.