Lamp Light

An old garden ornament given a second lease of life …

Taken on a Nikon D800 with a 105mm macro lens, f/8 @ 1sec, ISO 200.
The 1 second exposure was to record the colour of the light from the tea-candle – and a burst of flash – reflected off a white ceiling, gently illuminated the rest of the scene.
Finished in Lightroom – a touch of sharpening and radial filter to enhance the lighting differential.


This is a focus-stacked image of a teasel – 43 layers combined together to give a depth of focus not usually achievable in close-up and macro photography.

The original images – those 43 slices – were taken in my garage on a Nikon D800 with a 105mm macro lens at f/8 mounted on a tripod and a focus rack ( used to move the camera forward between each exposure ).

Lighting was from two strobes, one mounted each side of the teasel. The 43 slices were then combined together using Helicon Focus software.

Backlighting with Flash

Something I’ve been meaning to try for a while – and this morning whilst out for a walk I picked up a Sycamore seed ( there’s probably a proper name for this. Oh well! ).
Anyway, it lead me to this …

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Strawberry, Kiwi Fruit, Grape … and the Sycamore Seed. All taken on perspex backlit with a single flash – and captured on the Nikon D800 with a 60mm macro lens.


ORCHID by John Allen

A focus-stacked shot – forty-five images taken on the D800 and focus-stacked in Photoshop CC. The idea here is to increase the amount of the Orchid head that is in focus. Without the focus stacking the depth of field would be extremely narrow.

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.