Macro Monday

Ok, if you follow me at all you know I just returned from leading a workshop in The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.  Everyone had an absolute blast!  

I know you are probably expecting some grand landscape images...and they are coming, but today I wanted to share a macro image I made while in the Tetons.  

ISO 100, 90mm, F/5.6 @ 1/320th second

This is a wildflower called Lupine.  Lupine is a gorgeous wildflower that looks great in bunches, especially when placed in front of the Teton Range. ;)

I knew we would come across several good plants so I wanted to capture a macro image of it that I would be proud of.  I think this one was my favorite.  I liked the composition of this image as well as the blurred background I was able to get using the F/5.6 aperture.  The morning dew still on the flowers just added to the number of reasons I liked this one.

Image captured with my Sony A7R, Metabones Adapter and Tamron SP 90mm Di 1:1 Macro Lens.  I had this rig mounted atop my Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Tripod with BBH-200 Ballhead.

Don't overlook the details

During my Smokies Workshop a few weeks ago, while we were waiting on sunrise, or driving around looking for wildlife, I noticed several things that would make fantastic macro images.

I wanted to share a few of the images with you and remind you not to miss the forest for the trees, as they say.  Even though I was there to shoot grand landscape style images, I was on the lookout for these little details.  

When I saw that the morning dew had covered everything in sight, then I had to get the macro lens out and take a stab at a few shots.

First it was an attempt at spiderwebs.

This was shot at a very shallow depth of field for a few reasons.  First, I wanted to blur the background to a nice blurred non-distracting background.  Second, I wanted to get those cool out of focus dew drops on the other things in the background.  Lastly, I only wanted to isolate a few of the dew drops to be tack sharp.

This was shot using my Canon 5D Mk II and Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro Lens.  I stopped the lens down to F/4 to get that nice, shallow depth of field.  I shot this in Aperture Priority, so with an ISO of 100, the shutter speed was 1/160th.

Next was the dew covered dandelions.

I did something with this pic that I very seldom do...I cropped it.  I have a good reason, though.  The composition I wanted was so close that it was inside the minimum focusing distance of my lens and I didn't have my extension tubes.  So, I shot the image getting as close as I could and still focus, then cropped to get this composition.

This was shot with the same combo, the Canon 5D MkII and Tamron SP 90mm F/2,8 Di 1:1 Macro Lens.  I increased the F-Stop a bit on this one.  I set it to F/11.  Typically that is an aperture setting that would allow everything to be in focus, however depth of field is directly effected by how close we are to our subject, so even at F/11 I knew the DOF would still be very shallow.  I also shot this in Aperture Priority Mode on my Canon.  I bumped the ISO to 400 to give me a reasonable shutter speed, which was 1/160th.

Next time you are out shooting - whatever it is - don't forget to look all around you.  There may be shots everywhere!