Macro Mania

While the rest of the country was out celebrating a gorgeous Victoria Day holiday, I was stuck at work (this is what happens when you’re a Canadian working for an American company). One good thing about it though is that i didn’t have to worry about preparing supper, the hubby was home and was kind enough to let me just relax.

dandelion

I walked to the back of the house to see what I could find. There wasn’t much going on there except for the ever-present dandelions. It has been a while since I last took out my Raynox macroscopic lens so I thought I’d use it for these shots. Not bad, not bad at all, if I may say so myself.

dandelion_bud

I do like the images that this little piece of glass can produce. Not as good as my dedicated macro lens, but it has its own charm.

Bijoux

I stayed outside for a bit, while this little guy cheered me on. He seemed content just sitting there watching me as I contorted myself to get these shots. At one point I looked up and saw his nose pressed on the screen door, I just had to take a shot.

First two images were shot wide open with the Canon 50mm f1.4 with the Raynox macroscopic lens clipped on.

A Little Bit of Macro

I’ve been feeling really good about my images lately. It has given me a boost to want to create more. Here’s a few that I’ve done over the weekend. All shot with available light with a single reflector for fill.

yellow roseI was getting an underexposed reading on the inside of the flower, and boosting it up would render the rest overexposed, so I used a reflector to fill the shadows a little.

fernAh, the fern. I struggled with this one a bit. I knew I wanted a much darker ambiance to wrap the whole image. This took a little bit of time to accomplish.  I had to shoot from different angles to get the image that I had in mind. In the end, I found that shooting above eye level yielded the best result. I used the silver side of my reflector to add some fill on the tip of the fern.

I ended up with a memory card full of images, but I had to be ruthless and keep only the best ones. That is another thing I’ve learned, to not be afraid to delete the ones that were simply ok. After all, I am trying to produce great images. It’ll probably take some time before I can completely adopt that mentality, but I’ll get there. One day at a time.

 

 

Fuji X20 Meets Manhattan Beach

Possibly the best part of my trip to the West Coast last month was the chance to be at the beach without worrying that I might give myself a frost bite while I walk barefoot along the shore. It was nice to just be able to sink my toes in the sand, something I definitely won’t dare to do here at this time of year.

Manhattan Beach | California

I haven’t had a chance to do any shooting since I came back, and since I am sorta missing the lovely weather of SoCal, I thought I’d show you a beach photo which I took with my Fujifilm X20. For those of you who own any of the Fujifilm X series, you probably already know how awesome these cameras are. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was going to love mine when I first got it but the image quality that this little thing produces blew me away.

The above photo was shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 5. The out of camera image was already brilliant, so I really barely did anything in post. The colors were rich and not overly saturated, so I didn’t touch those. The contrast was bumped up a tiny bit, but that’s about it. I originally intended to trim the bottom of the image to achieve the rule of thirds, but in the end decided against it. The reflection of the blue sky on the receding tide was beautiful and I thought it would be a shame not to show it.