With a group of friends from the photography club, I went to Wicken Fen yesterday for a morning of fun and photography – and coffee and sausage rolls, of course.
Wicken Fen is a National Trust property on the Cambridgeshire Fens. A superb place to visit – lots to see, lots to photograph.
These are three of my images from the visit. All taken on the Olympus EM-1 Mk II; the lichen shot is a ( 60mm )macro shot
Taken in Blake’s Wood near Danbury in Essex, the visit was initially to take shots of the bluebells ( for which Blake’s Wood is renowned ) – but I came across these Fiddleheads : developing ferns – before they have unfurled into the adult plant we are more used to.
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.
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.