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Macro Monday

I spent a little time over the weekend making a few macro images.  I picked up a few of these Gerbera Daisies at the local supermarket and brought to the dining room table. 

ISO 100, 90mm, F/16 @ 1.6 seconds

I made this image, like I mentioned before, on my dining room table.  I use what little available window light I have, then I add light myself with a little on-camera LED video light that I just hold in my hand and places exactly where I want the light.

This image was made with my Sony A7R II, Metabones Lens Adapter and Tamron 90mm Macro Lens.  All this gear was resting atop my Sirui W-2204 Tripod and K-20 Ballhead.

Another Daisy Macro

Here's another macro shot of the same daisy as yesterday.  This time without a "dew drop" and in color.

ISO 400, 90mm, F/16 @ 0.8 seonds

Nothing real fancy here.  I did add an extension tube to my setup this time, however.  I sometimes add an extension tube to my macro lens just to give me a ratio that is greater than 1:1, or bigger than life size.  Extension tubes merely let your camera focus closer to your subject by moving the lens further away from the sensor.  Some people add extension tubes to regular lenses to give them a "poor man's" macro lens.  I use mine on a dedicated macro lens just to be able to get closer to my subject and allow it to look bigger.  

This image was made with my Sony A7R II, Metabones Adapter, Canon EF25 II Extension Tube and Tamron 90mm Macro Lens.  All held up by the Sirui W-2204 Tripod and K-20 Ballhead.

SAHM

SAHM, that's what my wife calls herself, a Stay At Home Mom.  SAHM, that's what I call Stay At Home Macro.

From time to time I will purchase some flowers, my wife thinks they are for her, but no, they are for my SAHM.  See what I did there? ;)

I setup the flowers in a vase on the dining room table next to a window.  I will use the available window light and if I need more, I will use one of the little LED lights that are designed for on camera video lights.  They work great for adding a little light to a macro subject.  In this case, a daisy.

ISO 400, 90mm, F/16 @ 1/4 second

Hover over the image to see the camera settings used.  Click the image to view it larger.

The angle of light plays a very important role in the final image.  Holding it an angle that will accentuate details you want is important, especially if you plan to process the image as a black & white, as I have here.

Another tip...Glycerin.  If you mix a 50/50 water glycerin mix you will have a liquid that will not evaporate.  For the most part, it will stay where you put it, too.  This single drop remained here during and after my entire shooting session.

This image was made with my Sony A7R II, Metabones Adapter and Tamron 90mm Macro Lens.  This setup was mounted on my Sirui W-2204 Tripos and K-20 Ballhead.  THe image was process in Lightroom and converted to black & white using On1 Perfect B&W.