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. πŸ™‚

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.

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3 thoughts on “Poppy Seed Head

  1. As you’ve discovered depth of field shrinks dramatically. You also get more defers toon with smaller fstops. When you below 1:1, things can get more complicated for determining exposure and there formulas that help at the extremes. Good luck with this. I have a bellows I have not really used, extension tubes and a 105mm lens works for my close up work.

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