Friday, October 26, 2007

pinecone

pinecone

A few days ago I promised to post some pinecone macro photos, and here they are, for good or ill.

Generally speaking you're supposed to have the lens stopped wayyyy down so you get adequate depth of field this close. But if you do that, you need to compensate by pouring mass quantities of light onto the doodad you're photographing, and I just don't have that kind of lighting gear at my disposal. If you leave the lens at a wider aperture you'll get the dreamy sort of effect you see in the top photo. I really like this effect, actually.

pinecone

pinecone

pinecone

pinecone

1 comment :

TR said...

A really good book written in the pre-digital age with lots of good information on macro work is 'The Manual of Close-Up Photography' by Lester Lefkowitz. I found a copy once at Camerons and it was a huge help to me when I first started taking closeups using a bellows. It is full of information about the challenges in working close-up that can save a lot of trial and error. Tom.