Found: a few miles from home. Highland cattle in the lowlands of North Germany.
A blossom from a plant in front of my house. I used my Wacom drawing tablet as a base and the top of a box as my background. I like this fresh composition. Spring time! Happy days. Stay safe and healthy. Reinhold
Found this one in our garden today. Couldn’t easily find a composition that worked. Hope you like this closeup. Happy days. Reinhold
Today I spent some time working on one of my images from my archive. I captured it last autumn. While I was working on it, that scene became one of my favorite images of 2019. It shows these lovely autumn birch trees and their vibrant color. I think I captured the peak of autumn in the North of Germany with this one and one which represents our local moor the best.
Happy days. Stay healthy and safe. Reinhold
From my archive: An evening walk in the moor. Happy days. Reinhold
Variations of an autumn leave. Happy days and happy Eastern. Reinhold
Sunlight… my one and only light source. Still experimenting with the extension tubes. May be I should go and look for a proper macro lens in the internet. The contact ban and the upcoming holidays are good reasons to invest in an extensive research activity. Happy days and stay safe and healthy. Reinhold
Cold sunny weather this morning at the lake. Some fog in the background. We did the longer walk. Happy days. Reinhold
Fokus stacking… I shot 6 images of this object and changed the focus point for each shot, adjusting and fine tuning the focus for the selected area. I then imported these images via Lightroom into Photoshop where I did the alignment and blending of these images. After saving and returning to Lightroom I made some minor color adjustments to the final image and created a vignette to frame the center. I think this technique is essential for certain compositions… this one isn’t perfect, but I will keep trying.
Happy days. Reinhold
Variations of an object. Rather than posting 4 different objects I decided to stick to one object for today. I captured 4 close-ups. Tomorrow I will use a similar approach, but will use “photo stacking”.
Focus stacking is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images. Wikipedia
Episode 3 of my new macro series „Looking closer“. Today I found 3 objects which caught my attention. Tomorrow I will concentrate on one object and create 3-4 variations of one item. Hope you are all healthy and in good shape. Happy days. Reinhold
Looking closer – part 2. During my daily walks with Boomer (my dog), I pick up certain items which I find interesting to bring home and to take a closer look. Here are the images of day 2.
Happy days. Reinhold
On Friday I received the macro extension tubes for my Fuji camera. I ordered two of them.
One with a focal length of 10mm, one with 16mm. You can use them separately or combine them.
They are mounted like a lense to the camera and then you mount the lens to the extension tube(s).
All camera settings are still working. But you better change from auto to manual focus.
They turn my kit zoom (18-55mm) into a sort of „macro“ lens.
And you can’t beat the price. They ship for 30€. Not the expensive Fuji originals. Mine are produced by Meike.
I will use these extensions to start my new series: Looking closer.
These are the first 4 images I captured with the new setup.
Fortunately we have a contact ban only. So far. We can still leave our homes (supermarket, pharmacy, walking Boomer, walking alone or as a couple) but we have to avoid contact to other people. Usually pretty easy in our small, remote village. But sometimes difficult in our supermarket. But people still behave like responsible human beings (most of them). At least our local weather is playing on our side. Forecast looks pretty promising. I have positioned the grill on our terrace, checked the wine and meat stock, baked some fresh bread and will isolate ourselves as much as possible to our home and garden. Starting today (April 1) Boomer is not allowed to run free for a period of a few months. We are living in a nature resort and have to protect breeding birds.
I have ordered 2 macro rings for my Fuji. This will turn my kit zoom (18-55mm) into a type of macro lens. Reviews were promising. So I try to focus on macro photography for the next weeks and stay at home.
Hopefully we will get some plants and flowers in our garden to dig into macro photography.
Stay save my blogging friends where ever you are and try to enjoy life even under these weird conditions.
Happy days and smiles.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.