Up Close with a Strawberry

We needed a close-up photo of a strawberry for a project we are doing. While we are yet to find an image we are satisfied with, the one in this photo shows our progress to date. After hours of frustration with macro lenses, extension tubes, close-up filters, and zoom lenses on our DSLR, we tried the microscope mode with focus stacking and the light ring on our Olympus TG-5. Small sensor size aside, this camera is amazing.


This photo was taken on December 2, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-5, ISO 400, f/4.9, 1/60 sec, focal length 18 mm

The camera was stand-mounted with a 2 second delayed timer. It was in microscope mode with focus stacking and the optional Olympus FD-1 flash diffuser for illumination.

Falling Water

This photo is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Falling Water.

This photo was taken using a technique similar to one described by Brian Peterson in his book Understanding Exposure.  The resulting image was then processed to taste in Lightroom.

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Falling Water

This photo was taken on May 9, 2017 using a 20 mm extension tube. Other specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/14, 1/60 sec, 146 mm

Another Diversion: Macro Photography

We are still in photography class instead of travelling. This week, we worked with extensions tubes to use normal zoom lenses for macro work. We took some interesting pictures of liquid drops. Two of them are shown here. These pictures capture milk being added to coffee. We call the first E.T. and the second The Wizard.