I haven’t been shooting much Macro Photography as of late. And there is no greater bang for your photo buck than a macro lens. It is super versatile! But I do really like it as a genre. I find it very relaxing (in a Shaolin Monk balancing on one finger kind of way). It’s a very precise art form. It varies considerably from taking photos of people. There is a similarity in the patience and preparation needed to get a great shot. My Mom gave us a bleeding heart plant and we put it in our front garden. Every year it comes back and blooms these beautiful little flowers. I’ve been meaning to photograph it for a few years now and never got around to it. So last night I went for broke and got these two shots I was happy with.
Here’s a behind the scenes iPhone photo of how I made the images. I was using a speed light in an orbis ring flash for the main light. For a kicker on the top image I used an OLight S1 Baton. That little extra bit of light really adds to the 3D quality of the image. The bottom image was just the orbis from above instead of on axis to give the shot a more “studio” quality light feel.
I guess there was a big storm last night. I wouldn’t know. I slept through it all! 😉 But the tell tale signs were there in the morning. Ground was wet, raindrop remnants on the leaves. I looked out at our patio this morning and noticed that one of our potted plants had some pretty cool drops that were left over and evaporating quickly. I grabbed the picture mill and a flash and nabbed a couple of shots. It’s another one of those small world micro shots. They’re cool and often overlooked in the modern day haste of the world.