macro

Lemon fizz

It’s been a week of using my macro lens, the first time in a long time. When I started with photography, my plan was to get into macro and closeup photography. It didn’t really work out that way. After watching a couple of idea videos on YouTube, I’ve been really gotten into getting that angle.

These shots are somewhat cliché, but something I’ve always wanted to do. I was making a drink (I’m on a fresh lemon in my drink phase) with fizzy water. Soon as I saw the bubbles, I put the glass in the afternoon sun and went to town.

Loving the sun

When sun comes streaming into the house at the end of the day, the plants point to the sun and soak it up.

I pointed my macro lens to the happy leaves. The light brings out the details in the leaves. These images are straight from camera with only slight adjustments to the structure to pull out extra detail.

Both pictures are also lit with only sunlight. In exposing for the leaves, the background naturally dark due to the fast shutter speed helping to pop the subject to the foreground.

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Guitar strings

With the sunny afternoons, I’ve been putting items in the sun – the brightest light available – and working with my macro lens.

Here is my acoustic guitar around the sound hole and strings. The strings I use have a coating on them to help them stay “fresh” longer. You can see what looks like the string is shedding its skin. I never noticed this until this picture.

Macro droplets

When ideas strike, you take action.

While ironing shirts, I noticed some water leaked from the iron. The ironing board treatment made the water ball up. After finishing up the shirts, I made some new water droplets and broke out the macro lens and set to work.

The afternoon sun was coming through the window for some natural light.

Textures

On a recent outing to take my son to an appointment, I had some time to kill. Good old quarantine means I can’t wait in the waiting room. So I wandered around the location. I planned ahead, and brought my Fuji X100T with me. Such a great little camera.

I found an old structure and used the morning sun and the macro feature of the camera to shoot a few closeups of the weathered wood.

Alien macro photos

We picked up this really neat flower on sale. One of those end-of-season things. It is a slow bloomer but the flowers that come are awesome. The other day I took to it with my X-T1 and 60mm macro lens. Here are a couple shots. Without context, it looks like something from another planet. Or a Dr. Seuss book.

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Shoo Fly

Trying to keep the photography going. Again, an evening outside after work, a fly landed on the chair next to me and was eating away at something. Probably Chipmunk poop or something. Enough that it didn’t care I was there. I had the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm lens for the birds. As a bonus, its a macro lens. So I was able to get really close.

This is a fairly extreme crop, but still, cool how close I managed it.

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Old Wood

Spring is arriving and temperatures are above the freezing mark. It makes for a lot of melting, water and slush. But, it also drives one to be outside in the fresh air again.

Yesterday I went out with my X-Pro1 for a walk. I haven’t used it in a long time, as the X100T has become my go-to carry around camera. But, with all the recent activity about the X-Pro2, I decided to reacquaint myself with this camera.  While waiting for a train to come by, I spotted a fence that has been there a while, and took a few shots.

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Its still a fine camera. The only thing really desirable to me with the “2” version, is the weather sealing and the newer film simulations. Not worth the upgrade though, as between my X100T and X-T1, I have all I need. Sadly, I waited a bit long to sell it on ebay or online locally. I suspect now that the “2” variant is out, there will be a glut of “1s” on the market. However, it is still fun to use, so its not all that bad to have some choice.

The Meeting

While raking the leaves and getting ready for Halloween, I noticed around the lamp in the front yard, a group of Ladybugs. I ran inside and grabbed the tripod, Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm macro to shoot a few shots of them.

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Obligatory Flower Shot

when you gat a camera, and start making images, one thing you do is make images of flowers. As a matter of fact, some nine years ago, when I bought my first dSLR – a Nikon D50, my first shot when the battery had charged was a flower on the Clamatis in the backyard. I’ve taken many a flower shot since.

But I haven’t for a long time, deciding to not go for the trivial.

However, this shot breaks that. It wasn’t on purpose. I was shooting the bees on the Sedum plant (photo to come soon) and I just pointed the camera a this flower and pressed the shitter button.
Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm f2.8 Macro. No post processing. What you see is what I shot.

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