Macro Study (no.1)

January 6, 2011
Macro Study (no.1)

0.6sec @ f/14
105mm, ISO200, +1 1/3ev
Nikon D3s
AF-S 105mm f/2.8

This is certainly one of the MANLIEST posts I have ever done. Gerbera Daisies are daisies on steroids. OK, enough pretending I am manly, it’s a freakin’ daisy!!

The point of this post is to see how I progress with a discipline of photography I have always been interested in, Macro. As usual I thought it would be easier than it is. Macro photography is insanely difficult. Trying to find an interesting plane of focus with a good subject when you can barely see the detail of the subject with your own eye is very hard.

Depending on your subject it is essentially landscape and/or portrait photography on a tiny level. You still have to frame and compose the shot with as much care as you would when taking any other type of photograph. However the slightest movement takes the entire scene out of focus and sometimes even out of frame.

This is the first time I have used a true macro lens. This means it has a maximum 1:1 reproduction ratio. 1cm on the subject is 1cm on the sensor. Most lenses have lower reproduction ratios 1:4, 1:6 etc… The great part of having the 1:1 is that when you look through the lens you get a giant image in the viewfinder. What I mean by this is that you start to see detail that you didn’t previously see by simply looking at the subject with your naked eye. Similar to a extremely good quality but low powered magnifying glass (without the distortion).

The problems can be numerous – lighting, focus, DOF and it goes on. You get one of these things a little bit wonky and the issue is magnified to the nth degree. These problems occur in other photography too, however it is generally more forgiving on a larger scale.

This image isn’t particularly evocative or creative. Hence its title – Macro Study (no.1). It is exactly that, a study.