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This Week’s Entries
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- Title: Up close and pixelated with Giz.
- Camera: Sony DSC-T10
- ISO: 320
- Rest of the shooting summary: f/3.5, 6.3mm focal length, no flash
- Story: With higher and higher resolution screens, pixels may one day become irrelavant. So this is dedicated to old DSC’s, pixels and macro photography.
I took this photo because staring into the eye of a horse is like staring into another world.
The eye belongs to my wife’s 22 year old horse. Her name is haze.
She is a great old girl.
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens 18-55mm AF-S (taken at 55mm)
Exposure 1/250 sec at f/14
Taken with a canon powershot S90
iso 80, no flash and natural lighting
Photo is of ash and random detritus on blackened steel, the randomness inspires parrallels to the night sky.
Camera: Canon Kiss X4
Lens: Sigma 18-200 with extension tube
f/10 @ about 100mm
Exposure: 1 sec
This is a shot of a lego Sherlock Holmes looking through a magnifying glass. It was sitting on my table while I was trying to take a macro shot of a cactus. It was late and the light just wasn’t working for me, so I used my phone’s light with the lego man to try get the light right. Turns out there’s less chance of inducing bleeding from the fingers when you take photos of lego…
This is the alien symbol on the back of my AlienWare m17x. I love him very much, for his shiny eyes and the “What Tha…?” looks I get in meetings :)
The logo itself is actually silvery-black, but the combo of the close range (lens was almost touching it!) and flash gave it the red tint from the cover, plus the nice flare.
Shot with Canon 450D, using a 18-135mm IS lens with 36mm Kenko extension tube.
f/5.6, 1/60 seconds, 120mm focal length, on camera flash, tripod mounted, manually focused.
Minimally cropped and developed in Lightroom, as the upper left corner was completely blown away with highlights.
i used my old Dimage z6 for this photo, it has always had a good macro setting.
this photo was taken in my jungle of a yard, i think i was lost for a few minutes in there.
iso 50 i think it was set to.
i think the camera does auto settings when i switch it to macro setting, i am unsure to be honest.
Stranded on Planet Terrarium! This shot was taking with a Galaxy s3 on macro mode . The phones slim profile allowed me to photograph inside a terrarium where i had set up a few Star Wars Micro Machine figures. I used a desk lap for lighting with some baking paper covering it to act as a diffuser. I then used Photoshop Light Room for a few finishing touches. Thanks!
Blue Room -
A little inspiration for this week’s challenge from U2:
Nothing I can do about
A lens to see it all up close
Magnifying what everybody knows
A bit of lichen on the edge of a gum tree. Not that my lens is a zoom, but it provided the muse to push the white balance blueward.
Equipment: Nikon D7000, 105mm Micro, f5, 1/400, ISO200 and tripod.
This is a photo of two kidney beans next to the tiny kidney stone that I passed last year (I kept it). The thing is so small but gave me the worst pain I have ever felt. I know the thing is grotesque and I can only imagine the damage it did to my ureter as it slid down it with its jagged edges. My camera is a Canon 7D, I used a 100mm 2.8L Macro lens and off camera flash (580EX II).
As I was reading about this challenge I looked over and on my desk I had the Lego chef and T-Rex both sitting there. I swapped the head on the chef to make it more appropriate for the scene.
For the shot I used a bit of white cardboard as a background. The camera was just in default macro mode. The battery was so flat I only got 1 shot, but I think it turned out pretty good. I think the slight blur on the figure adds an unexpected sense of movement.
Was darkened slightly in Photoshop.
This is a microfibre duster i had in the laundry nothing special but it kinda looks like some coral reef type organism when looked at closely.
Camera was a Canon 1000D with the basic 18-55mm lens
I’m not going to get my hopes too high on this one, but I just bought myself a new camera, and while I don’t really have the appropriate setup or enough light for a good macro shot, I thought I would give this a try.
Taken on a cloudy Sunday in Brisbane, with a Nikon D5100 with the kit 18-55mm lens. Exposure 1/60 f-stop 11 ISO:400
I wanted to keep working the f-stop down and try to get a little more light in but my subject wasn’t the most agreeable :) Anyways, I still think it is a neat picture. Especially the eyes and joints.
When i came out to my garden, all i saw was the new leaves with morning sun embracing it. All i tght was to set it in manual mode and focused on the light shades to get it. I have used my CANON Powershot SX130 IS.
The settings used are :
F stop – f/3.4
ISO – 100
Exposure bias – 0 EV
Aperture – 3.5
Sun flower refracting through a droplet.
Most of my photos are of insects, but with it being winter and all I’ve resorted to spraying flowers with water.
28mm @ f22 reversed
Built in flash with home made diffuser
Just after finishing lunch myself, I noticed this little guy out the window enjoying his own!
Taken with my trusty Nikon D90 & 35mm 1.8 Lens at 1/320sec, f2.8, iso 200.
Mushrooms… Spore launching via Buller’s drop mechanism. Those placid spores were Rocket men catapulting into those vast, damp caverns, searching for liberation.
I was using my laptop at night, saw this week’s shooting challenge, and I looked down at the keyboard wondering what I could take a picture of. That’s when I noticed the yellow light from the bedside lamp was falling on the keyboard to make an interesting pattern with the keys. I decided to take a picture and I quite like the result. I guess it’s true when they say that sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you. Shot with a Fujifilm X100. ISO 2500, f 2.2, 1/85 sec, 23mm.
David Johnson Macro
Looking Into It
I was excited about this challenge when it came up as it gave me a chance to really challenge myself with a piece of modified gear I’ve had for a while now since breaking a GoProHD.
When the GoPro broke I was able to convert it to a Super Macro camera , but using it is very challenging in that you can’t see what you’re filming (No Back screen) So I have to shoot with care and the depth of field is incredibly small and about 2-3mm the rest is Bokeh…
The first shot I took and entered the same as this one had incorrect EXIF data so after another few( hundreds of) attempts to eliminate flinching and twitch this one will have to do With the camera producing data if the correct date this shot will have to do
Lens: Adapted 4-9mm f: 2.8
Shutter time 1/8sec
Image correction: None
Nikon D40x, Canon 50mm F1.4 mounted in reverse on the end of an extension tube. ISO 400, F 1/160, image scaled down using GIMP, but no other adjustments or modifications done at all (including levels). I’m too cheap to buy a proper macro setup, so this is what gets me by.
Light provided by an off camera flash sitting on a seperate tripod (wireless trigger).
The center of the flower is the size of your pinky’s nail. No idea what flower it is, sorry.
I grow orchids, they make me happy click and giggle camera : Canon ixus 105 auto setting
I do not have the money to move to SLR but still enjoy macro shots,
I love that from a distance the flowers are pristine but when you blow up the detail the decay shows
i created a crowd of ‘little people’ on an old computer motherboard & took a photo of them. I always carry a few of these tiny 1:50 scale plastic models as you never know when a good macro moment is going to show up (like this competition!).
A lot of trial and error moving the shoe around behind the water droplets, to eventually get the right shot. Originally I tried with my dog as the subject but found the shoe to be more cooperative.
I’m a big fan of macros, I love how crisp they all come out. I shot my 5 o’ clock somewhere photo with my Canon T3i, with an ISO of 400, at F-2.8 and an shutter speed of 1/15.
This is our eye, my girlfriend’s eye to be exact. It was difficult to get this shot.
I use my DSLR, with extended tubes, reverse ring, and normal 50mm lens. I can’t use above f/4 as it will be very dark due to the use of extension tube, and I only used available light, so I use f/2.8. But then, it gave a very shallow depth of field, and unfortunately due to some reason, after I reversed my lens, the focus point is fixed on single distance. So I have to put my camera on tripod, hold my girlfriend’s head with my left arm, move it gently fron and back to find the perfect focus, and push the shutter button with my right hand. It was difficult, but satisfying. Later on I only adjust level and WB on Aperture.
Trevor van Weeren
Title: Bongo watching
Camera info: Canon 60D and a 100mm macro lens
Shot details: ISO 500, 2.8, 1/60th sec
Story: This is a photo of Bongo’s eyeball. We were playing some guitar last Saturday morning and in between songs I was taking all sorts of macro shots, this is the best one, its of Bongo (the dog who always hangs around to listen) with a reflection of a guitar in his eye.
I bought two habanero peppers today and only ended up using one in the dish I cooked for dinner. I decided to use the second one for the macro challenge. The cut habanero is on a cutting board with the chef’s knife used to cut it to its right.
I took this photo with a Nikon D90 using a Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D macro lens (f/45, 1/60s, ISO 200). I used a tripod and used a Nikon MC-DC2 shutter release. I used an off-camera Nikon SB-700 flash to camera left with an orange gel filter.
Shot with my Lumix G2 in the morning.
My picture is the top of a fence post with what we call ” air fern” growing on it.
Cropped the picture a bit, that’s all.
There are literally hundreds of these dandelions near my house in the Spring/Summer months but finding one in Winter took a bit more searching. Ended up finding this one right in my backyard.
Had to get down right at ground level in order to focus and capture the dandelion at this angle.
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro
Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec
I went up to my local coffee shop to have a cappuccino and try to think of something to shoot for this challenge.
The barista put a heap of chocky on it and I figured Id give it a go.
Really liked how much detail I was get about of the surface.
Shot on a 5Dmk2 with a 50mm 2.5 compact macro lens.
The Fallen Soldier: Two helmeted soldiers reflect upon the battle they won; and the friend they lost.
Canon EOS 7D
EF 100mm f2.8 Macro
1 sec shutter
tripod and remote cable release
Canon 450D Sigma DG 50mm borrowed lens, ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/25 sec,Inca tripod. A group of friends went up to Toorongo Falls in Noojee Victoria im only new to this potography game i was taking pics of the rapids and was back on the track when i noticed this little shroom it was only around 20mm long a mate let me attach his macro lens and have a play with it and this is the result a “FAIRYTAIL” type of shroom which is one that im proud of.
This pomegranate is just a little past ripe but the red arils inside still have an amazing colour.
Light was low, as it is most days when I get home from work, so I lit the fruit with an adjustable torch. The torch light really helps the pomegranate’s arils shine.
Title: Milo Island
Explanation: Created a miniature island by using Milo and hot milk, shot from above with a 50mm lens and extension tubes. The lens fogged up because of the steam coming from the hot milk, I think this added to the atmosphere of the shot.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 18-200mm
As it was about to rain I had to be quick. Grabbed the branch to move it out of the tree more and shot one handed. Had to crop it down a little to fill the image as its not a macro lens, other than that no extra editing .
Olympus E-PL3, 14.0-42.0mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
This leaf symbolises how delicate human skin can be during the cold season.
Dreamy Saturday Morning
Taken with Sony NEX5N, Pentacon 50mm 1.8
Got up early on Saturday morning, Heavy dew through the night, and beautiful yellow morning sunshine through a few clouds. So I shot this image wide open for a dreamy effect.
As shot, cropped with Lightroom
I was quite taken with the red, earthy colour of the weather beaten paint on the corrugated iron roof and the yellow leaves. It reminded me of autumn, even though we’re most definitely feeling winter here in Adelaide. The waves of the corrugated iron also seemed to flow quite naturally through the frame of the picture as well. The ‘shimmering’ out of focus areas also remind me of the sun reflecting off the sea.
An slightly mismatched pairing of a digital body and an old manual focus film lens. The body doesn’t provide any exposure metering with those old lenses and the viewfinder is woefully small so I had to engage in a bit of shutter speed- and focus-bracketing to get the look I wanted. Handheld while standing on a chair to get close up to the edge of the roof.
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 with macrofocus
Settings: Manual, 35mm, 1/160 second, f/5.6, ISO 400
Post-processing: None (out of camera JPEG)
Canon EOS 40D
Cannon 100/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
Exposure 0.02s Apature 3 ISO 200
I am new to Macro Photography, so new that this is one of my first ever macro photos. I really enjoyed working with this lens and learnt so much in my first shoot.
Taken with DLSR Nikon 5100. 55-300 mm lens. FSTOP f/5 Exp 1/320 sec. ISO-400. focal length 200mm aperture 4.7
I am an amateur photographer, still learning and enjoying it a lot, so not exactly confident about all the settings. I love macro images.
This photograph was taken in light rain on a property where I was involved in the facilitation of a self development day for a group of up & coming Indigenous Hip Hop youth. I took the opportunity to photograph the timeless sunflower & liked the result. I am reduced the image as the original is 5 mb so I hope it looks ok when you see it. How much would I appreciate & LOVE a macro lens. Many thanks Karen
Title: Beach Ball
After going for a startrail shoot Sunday morning the sunrise was expectedly clear and dull so I thought I’d try a shot I’d been meaning to attempt for a little while.
This is a small ( I think maybe 25mm perhaps) clear glass ball balanced on a filter case on top of my tripod. A pretty easy shot to take and it turned out rather well.
I’ve had a few locations in mind to try this with but had never got around to it so I’m happy to see that this first attempt worked out as I thought..
Taken with a Nikon D4 and 105mm lens. 10seconds, f16, ISO 400
Kim Kiu Fung
Canon 5d mark iii + Canon EF 180mm F3.5 macro lens + Kenko Extension Tubes
This is an extremely cold and wet winter in Melbourne. Only tough wildlife can live through where in the photo we can see them enjoying a moment of rare sunshine. At the same time they are striving every chance to survive.
My poor figurine trying to escape his caffeine addiction. I actually forgot about him after taking this shot – if I didn’t remember during post, he could well have joined tomorrow’s daily grind.
D5100, 1/60, ISO100. Used a reversal ring on the kit 18-55, at about 50mm. This lens doesn’t have an aperture ring so aperture lever was pulled manually to about half way. Flash on manual @ 1/8th power.
Shot with a Canon EOS600D and a Sigma 50mm ƒ1.4, at ISO200D+ and shutter speed 1/100.
You’ll notice that the lens isn’t a macro lens. Because I don’t have a macro lens. So I took the lens off the body, flipped it around and held it all crazy backwards and took the photo that way. It was actually kind of fun, if totally way too hard.
Subject is my Revoltech Woody (ya know, from Toy Story). He’s a bit of a creeper.
We’re nearly there!
The figurine is a commemorative sculpture of my friend’s wedding, crafted by the groom himself. Rambling around on bikes looking for elusive lighthouses is something they would do in real life!
The setting is an old motherboard, the lighthouse is a small camping lantern, with additional warm lighting from my cellphone (left) with a little fill light from the right.
f16, 3s, ISO400 exposure on a D90 with 70-200 lens (don’t have a macro lens). Minor post-processing on levels with fake lens flare added for effect.
Lost At Sea! This stormy sunset over the ocean was fun, I used a backlite towel for the clouds and overlayed some red cloth for the sunset. I liked it because for a split second you think it’s something it’s not.
Canon EOS 50D
f8, 0.5 sec, ISO100
Title: “Night Snack”
Snack in hand, I was browsing the internetz late one night when I came upon this contest. Just as I was about to devour the last hapless Tiny Teddy (deviously delicious little buggers they are) I decided to honour his crunchy memory with a photograph of the brave little biscuit’s final moment. It took a few tries (and immense willpower to delay gratification) but I was able to capture Teddy’s intense expression of horror/glee just before he was dunked into milky doom. Hopefully, his death shall not be in vain.
* Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS; f/2.8; ISO 200; 6.0-60mm lens.
Canon EOS 7D, 50mm f/1.8
ISO 640, Exposure 1/50 sec
Photo taken with the lens in reverse macro technique, all handheld on full manual settings.
I have this pair of cufflinks made from old watches with all the gears exposed. Makes for a lovely macro subject and the dictionary behind helped fill the white space.
Canon 5D Mark II
1/80 sec., f/4, ISO-80
As giraffes are such huge animals, I decided to take a macro photograph of a giraffe from a birds eye point of view.
I placed the giraffe in a small puddle of water to capture its reflection in the water, then using a small apperture I focused in on its face to compose my photograph.
Canon 550d f/2.8 4sec ISO100 lens Canon 100 ef macro.
This photo is of my Dads train set , I like to take photos of his trains set with the macro lens , thay can look very realistic .
Sigma 18-200mm @ 200mm
On camera flash @ 1/128
Dust, it gets EVERYwhere. Over and into everything. Especially into our shiny technology.
In this case, all over components on a motherboard, things the Average Joe won’t ever see. It may not be noticeable, but it can be, if it clogs up a fan. Overheats something to the point of failure, then they wonder….what happened? Or perhaps they don’t, just throw it away and get a new one?
“The Price We’d Pay For Tech”
Nikon D90, 35mm DX f/1.8.
Human blood on dried cellulose pulp with coloured toner on black cotton sheet.
Wow after writing that I felt dirty – like I should be wearing a black turtleneck with trendy thick-rimmed glasses & turn a snooty nose up at other people. I did I.T. at uni FFS.
No touchups, filters or cropping.
Was the closest distance I could get in focus with my 35mm DX or my 18-200mm DX.
Listening to loungey jazzy David Sylvian as I snapped (ie. “The Banality Of Evil”).
Digital tribute to the classic
This challenge gave me the chance to give my lenses a little long-overdued love, and in the process captured this photo of the elder G.Zuiko prime, using a younger prime and camera. Reflecting the pedigree of the new OM-Ds, honouring the OM classics.
Shot with Olympus EP-3, 20mm, 1/40s @ F1.7, ISO200.
Chin Keat Ting
Equipment used – Canon 1D MkIII, Canon EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens, Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod.
Shutter speed – 1/160 sec
Aperture – f5.0
No fancy setup, just mounted my camera on the tripod to take a photo of the only flowering plant in our garden currently. The Jade Plant, or Crassula Ovata, is special to my wife, because it is one of the first plants she grew, from a cutting that was given by a neigbour, and though it grew well enough, it never really flourished until we moved to our new home about 2 months ago. It is just so good to see it blossom with tiny white-pink flowers, and I thought it’ll be a worthwhile subject for this macro challenge.
Grabbed me a grape fruit and illuminated it from behind, exposing the gooey vein-y fleshy inner world that bares similarities to our own capillary system. Totally giving me some more awesome ideas for gory shoots :P
ISO – 100
Apeture – 9
Shutter – 1/200
Focal Length – 100mm
I’ve always been entranced by how fire consumes objects (by no means am I a pyro! LOL!). I captured the aftermath of a flame that engulfed the group of matchsticks I set up. Watching the matches burn down, transforming and curling into what looks like Alien lifeforms; a little out of this world and surreal with the smoke twisting around the tiny worn down wooden bodies.
Ke-what? , Ki-wheee!
Ooo I could have so much fun writing a description for my photo. The meaning of birth with the seeds looking, like half of what is needed to become a new life, contained in an ovum. Or perhaps a splice of an intergalactic star showing the mantel, core and magnetic fields vibrating on the outside. Or perhaps it’s just a slice of kiwi :) I’ll leave it up to you all to come up with your own story this week.
Focal Length: 100mm
There’s a little man in my keyboard.
Being a geek and a photographer my head heard ‘Macro’ and simultaneously thought of the macro keys on my keyboard and of the photography genre.
I don’t normally do much macro due partially to a lack of suitable equipment and also because it’s very hard to put a narrative into a macro image. As usual the only idea that came to mind was a terrible pun and the story evolved from there.
The image of the keyboard was shot with a 35mm 1.8D lens on a reversal ring (ie the lens is mounted backwards) to allow macro shots, f22, 20 second exposure flush low power flashes.
The person at the desk was the same lens (f1.8, 1/40, with flash from behind subject) but properly attached. The two shots were then composited in photoshop and a little bit of tweaking was done to make them mesh better.
I recommend opening it up to full size to see some of the detail on the little man.
Camera: Cannon 40D
I have a passion for cars and over the years I have collected a few models that are a little bit special and different.
The photo is of one of these special models. It is an Audi TT R made to 1:87 scale of the original and it is highly detailed for the size. So I figure this would be a good test of my macro photography.
Canon EOS 7D – Canon 100m
15 sec | f/7.1 | ISO 100 | 100mm
This is a macro shot of an 1/144 scale X-Wing and “flight crew”, to give you an idea of the size, the figures are approx 1cm high. A fairly simple setup, (a small towel and a torch inside and behind as the single light source) but required some patience and a very steady hand to capture. Like a boat in a bottle my main challenge was positioning the 5 guys in a very tight space! Apart from lowering the temperature(the towel made me think Ice cave’s on Hoth) this is pretty much straight from the camera.
Stuart – http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_addelsee/
This is a photo of my dogs paw. He is a big heavy dog and getting him to sit still and not try to lick the lens was quite a struggle. Wrestling my dog while trying to protect my camera was an amusing sight for the family. I used my Canon 5D Mark II with my Canon 100m macro lens, f/2.8, speed 1/60 sec, ISO400.
I love macro shots, there is something special in the
closeness that appeals to me a lot…the different perspective perhaps? For this one, I was at work, so I
thought I’d try and take a nice industrial shot..after a million failed attempts, I was heading back in defeated, when I saw
this leaf..I took a couple of shots and the only editing that I’ve done is to tweak the contrast a bit.
I ended up really liking the texture on the leaf and the overall simplicity of it. Taken with my trusty Galaxy S phone !
100mm f2.8 macro
2×500 halogen flood light
1x 200 watt halogen flood light
3 rectranglar vases
Shot using the follow setting – f11, 1/125, iso 1000
I lite the background with 2x500watt lights angling them so that i can bounce them off the foil that the vase is sitting on. The 200 watt was used on the right with a bounce card on teh left.
Water and food dye don’t like to get along so it took me all night and probably an extra one month water bill! Advice is to have a couple of rectangular vases to save you runninh back and forth to the tap. Btw, water and electricity don’t mix so do be CAREFUL!
After finding this article yesterday evening I didn’t have long to come up with a shot. I gave some thought to what might have some previously unseen detail and after a few experiments with some metal objects in desperation I started going through the herbs and spices box. I noticed that peppercorns had some interesting textures. These were shot using a Toyo view large format camera I picked up at a market with a 150mm lens set manually to f22 . The image was captured with a canon 5d mark ii mounted on the back set to ISO 50 and shutter at 1/200. The peppercorns were lit using an old Olympus t20 flash and a sigma dg500. Processing was done in the Photshop raw converter.
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Here’s my macro money shot! One Euro coin from ten years ago.
For this week’s challenge, my boyfriend (Jono Ward, below) invited me over to shoot something with him. I usually shoot with a Canon 550D but I thought it’d be more fitting to shoot with an Olympus E-500 (+40-150mm f3.5-4.5), keeping my eyes on the prize.
The clock subject that I chose could have particular suggestions of relativity, matter-space and such. To be honest, it was purely interesting because of the pretty interior reflections.
The shot was backlit with a colour swatch on an iPhone at ISO200, f4.5, focal length about 80mm and later adjusted in Lightroom.
For this week I have taken a nice abstract close up of Intel’s finest processor from 2000 – The Pentium III. This was the 733mhz model I believe. I thought this would be a subject that a lot of giz readers would have fond (or not so) memories of.
I took the shot with my Dad’s languishing Olympus E-500 (what a surprise if I could give him a replacement for his birthday!!! ;-) ). Settings was focal length 150mm on the 40-150 f3.5-4.5 lens at ISO 200. Shutter speed was about 1/4 of a second at f4.5. Camera was mounted on a tripod, and fiddled with in Lightroom.