Saturday, December 8, 2012

Close-up/Macro of a Flower

Today I want to show you 1 close up shot and some macro shots of a flower growing in my front yard. The macro shots in this blog post is all done under studio conditions with a pair of Kenko Extension Tubes. Enjoy!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best macro photography shots of 2012, use this link. To see all of my at home and backyard photography shots of 2012, use this link.

Message From Photographer: I will have to put off processing my photos from Death Valley National Park probably until next week because it is the end of the semester and tests are coming in so I have to study study study! Sorry. LOL Anyways, Death Valley National Park photos are not the only photos I have left in my collection. My professor decided to take our lab group to the Oakland Zoo for a field trip, so I have some photos from that trip too. :D Please check back soon!

Close up shot of the flower in my front yard. Not sure if this is the same flower as the ones under this. I took this photo separate from the rest of them at different times. I might have picked another flower for the rest of the photos. I took this photo before I got my Kenko Extension Tubes

Here is a focus stacked image of the flower done under studio conditions. I don't think I flashed this shot. This is my first time trying focus stacking with my extension tubes so there was a few parts I did not get in focus. 

 Here is a second focus stack of the flower zoomed out a little bit. 

Some of the equipment used for these shots.


Here is a shot of one of the pedals of the flower. I DIYed a "microscope slide" with 2 pieces of transparencies and some water. LOL It's a nice trick by the way for these kind of things. It is transparent so your flash can pass through and makes the specimen easier to hold. The pattern in the back is the pattern from the tiny soft box I was using on my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Another shot of the flower pedal with my hardwood floor in the background (out of focus). I shot this on a glass coffee table which is also transparent. As you can see the flower pedal is already degrading even though I kept it in fresh water. With these kind of photos, you need to work fast! 

Wide screen on my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT as the background. This happened by accident as I tried to soften the light from the flash without using my soft box. 


For these photos I used a white index card as a background and also as a softener for my flash. I taped the index card directly under my glass coffee table. 

I lowered the index card slightly to try to get the paper pattern to blur out. 

I tried several shots lowering the index card slightly. Same setup, I just rotated the picture so they won't all look the same. HAHA 

Last shot of the flower pedal before I cleaned up and discarded the specimen. 

This is all the photos for today. If you are considering macro photography and you are tight on budget, Kenko Extension Tubes is the way to go. As you can see the results look great! Please don't forget to share my blog posts with your friends! If you would like to get notifications next time I post, you can "Like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.
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