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Crocuses!

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Springtime is officially sprung in Saskatchewan when the Crocuses are blooming and the wood ticks are crawling! Both of which are true now! Oh well, we can still be excited about the Crocuses! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Happy Valentine’s!

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Nikon 1 V3 + FT-1 Adaptor with 105mm f/18 1/250 ISO 200

 

The Nikon 1 series of cameras are really suited for close up macro/micro work. That small CX sensor is the bomb for getting loads of the image in focus. Normally you might not want that, for portraits and such. But for close up stuff, it’s just what the doctor ordered. I stole my Valentine’s ring for some close up shots and I was impressed. The image quality is great and there is a tonne of detail available. I was lighting these images with a ring flash mod on an SB-900 that I had to cheat a bit to make work. It’s a shame that the R2-D2 pop up flash on the V3 doesn’t allow for Nikon CLS control. That would be sweet sassy molassy and could be added in a future firmware update.

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Nikon 1 V3 + FT-1 Adaptor with 105mm f/18 1/250 ISO 200

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Nikon 1 V3 + FT-1 Adaptor with 105mm f/11 1/250 ISO 200

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Nikon 1 V3 + FT-1 Adaptor with 105mm f/11 1/250 ISO 200

Macro ring shots are something that I do at every wedding we shoot. So the extra detail that this smaller sensor can capture is great, especially when coupled with an FT-1 adaptor and Nikon’s 105mm micro lens. In all truth, it’s too long for this kind of work. Probably Nikon’s sleeper 60mm micro 2.8 would be just the ticket for working with the FT-1 adaptor.

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Nikon 1 V3 + FT-1 Adaptor with 105mm f/8 1/4 ISO 200

With the same setup I shot this peacock feather. The detail is very goodย with the 18MP sensor. Also diffraction sets in super fast with the 105. Probably f/8 is more than enough to capture detail and still have a sharp image.

Again, the image quality and capability of the V3 camera is stellar. The possibilities for creativity with it are only limited by one’s imagination! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Relaxing Macro

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Every once and while it is just awesome to kick back and relax with some macro photography. So much of the time we’re used to seeing the big, landscape madness photo. But if we slow down and crouch down, the tiny world is an amazing place.ย I was using my DIY Scrim and Orbis Ring Flash ย to control the light and reshape it. It still requires quite a bit of work, but I find it to be super relaxing. It’s kinda like Shaolin Monks when they are at rest:

๐Ÿ˜Ž My good friend and gardener of the century Carol Tetzlaff had us out at her place to check out the Lilies that were in bloom. The weather was ideal and there wasn’t a breath of wind. Which also meant that the mosquitos had me for their bonanza. It was worth every bite. ๐Ÿ™‚


Fun with Fiber Optics

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The kids got some super rad fiber optic tree things for Christmas. They look cool and have provided hours of entertainment already. So I decided to cash in on the coolness with my macro lens. Just like mini fire works! ๐Ÿ˜€

FYI: Just as an aside, I tweeted to Sasktel about when the Oxbow area will be getting Fiber for internet. . . . 2017. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


Itsy Bitsy Spider

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It’s been a long stretch with no bloggin’ so today I decided to catch up a bit. I have been รผber busy as of late with Grad shoots and funerals, plus and impromptu road trip with my boy. So I haven’t been doing much recreational shooting. But this morning after another glorious rain, conditions were perfect to do some raindrop chasing. The D800. For as much as I LOVE my X100s, I won’t soon part from the full frame glory of 36 glorious mega pixels. The color and quality of the images is really superb. Whilst wandering around the yard, I noticed a nearly microscopic spider. And thankfully, she (we’ll call her Charlotte :D) cooperated and I was able to nab a couple of images. There was a slight breeze which really sucks for macro photographers. I was already at IS0 3200 trying to keep a high enough shutter speed to freeze the motion. Tricky business. But super fun! Gotta love Macro. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Bonus Video! BTS of the complete and utter gong show Macro Photography can be in the wind. Or breeze. heheheheh… ๐Ÿ˜†


Welcome to Mars

 

20130206LichenCrop2I watched a documentary one time about Shaolin Monks. In the documentary, it showed them all doing super human things like balancing on one toe with 3 other monks on their shoulders, laying on a bed of nails without getting hurt, etc. And for recreation, they all balanced standing on each other in positions that would make Cirque du soleil jealous! To relax these people did this! Incredible! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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I think of Macro Photography in much the same light. For me, it’s a very nice, relaxing, fun kind of photography – that takes the utmost concentration! I’ve noticed it get even more challenging since I got the D800. The slightest movements of the subject render the shot out of focus, even at f/16. I think using DX for macro for so long I got used to the DX look of the photos. It appeared that more was in focus than with a full frame camera, but it’s not true. It’s that there is more photo there with a greater angle of view throwing more out of focus on the edges that simply isn’t there in DX. I put the D800 into DX crop mode and tried it out. Sure enough, both an FX frame and the DX crop frame had the same stuff in focus in the frame. It’s just that there was more in the D800 file to be out of focus. If that makes sense. ๐Ÿ˜€ Shoalin Camera Monk time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The name of the game today on this dark and dreary cesspool of flat light was macro lichen. It’s the little mosses that grow on trees. And no, they don’t only grow on the north side! ๐Ÿ˜‰ heheehhee…… To me, these images look like an alien landscape, especially when you crop way in to 100%!


Macro Blossoms

I still love Macro Photography. Always will. There is no bigger bang for your buck than a macro lens. EVER! It’s so fun and enjoyable getting up close and personal to the tiny world. But it also takes some rockin’ portraits too. ย I love the extra bokehlicious num-nums I get when I use this lens. As the sun was sneaking away again for another night, I ran out to get some blossom photos. The kids were playing, it was loads of fun. The light was soft and directional. It was indeed a beautiful evening. Then, my dog rolled in cow crap in the back pasture and ruined the whole night. Sigh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 


Red Admiral

Spring is springing, the blossoms are blooming and the butterflies are flying! ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž Exciting stuff. At lunch I noticed these butterflies swarming around like my brother at an all you can eat buffet. I grabbed the macro lens and went to town. It was awesome! Later I identified them asย Vanessa atalanta –ย Red Admiral butterflies. The sun was high so everything was nice and contrasty and colour rich. Boo ya!


Lady

In the pub “Bobby’s Place” in Moose Jaw, there are his and hers bathrooms like in any other public house. However, in Bobby’s the doors are labeled “Laddies” and “Ladies”. I watched for over an hour as woman after woman went ย through the “Laddies” door! bwahahaah… ๐Ÿ˜€ They all came out with the same shock & awe embarrassment face! . . . That little anecdote has nothing to do with this blog post other than it’s about Macro Photography of Lady Bugs. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry for the red herring. Anyways, nabbed these shots of this lady bug today. Everything is super saturated in colour from the rain and dark cloud lighting conditions. I love the textures and the colours in these shots. The lady bug stands out like Shaquille O’Neil in Alameda. ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Ugly Bugger!

Can you imagine if this thing was people life-sized?? ๐Ÿ˜ฏย  It would eat you and your family. I often think that, whilst doing macro photography. Blech!