London Lumiere

On Saturday night we ventured into Central London for London Lumiere.

It was pretty hectic – thousands of people – too many in some places, but the light show was brilliant.

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Just a few shots here from the evening. All taken hand-held on the Olympus EM-1, most with quite a large aperture – f4 or 5.6 – and with the ISO racked up to 800 to give me a reasonable shutter speed.

Poppy Seed Head

I’m trying to get to grips with the detail of Macro photography.
This was taken on the Nikon D800 with a 50mm prime lens reversed onto the camera ( using a suitable lens reversing ring ). This gives almost a 1:1 magnification : that is, the size of the image as it falls on the sensor is the same as the size of the object in real life.
From what I have read, that is the definition of true Macro photography. Of course, the magnification can – and does – get greater. but we have to start somewhere. 🙂

The shot was lit with a single Nikon strobe turned down to 1/8 power and fired through two layers of tracing paper to soften the light.
A polystyrene sheet to the right acted as a reflector to soften some of the shadows.

The depth of focus is not great – it’s certainly not sharp all the way through the image. It needs a dose of focus stacking. Maybe next time.

The Impostor

A very Happy New Year to all my family, friends, readers, listeners … and those ships ( amongst us ) that just pass in the night