Monday, January 15, 2007

MACRO MONDAYS -- Yesterday's Lily Filaments and Nuts in a Lightbox


Blogger micki said...

Inside the Lily – Yesterday’s Take a Guess
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/3 -1 EV
Aperture Setting - f-13 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
31mm extension tubes
12 inch collapsible reflector
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

Walnuts in a Lightbox 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/3
Aperture Setting - f-19 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Homemade Lightbox
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

Walnuts in a Lightbox 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 0.5 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-19 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Homemade Lightbox
White cardstock reflector card
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner
Cropped off the top of this image

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Yesterday’s image was the filaments of a lily plant with the anthers and pistil removed.

Late post today. My husband had the day off (even though he went in anyway – but he slept in some) and I went out to shoot a little more of my Efke film. It was very warm out again, 54F when I left and we should get to about 75 today. We’ll be down to 27 tomorrow night, so I’m going to enjoy this while I can.

A couple weeks ago I mentioned a light box I made one Saturday afternoon. I got the instructions from the Strobist website. I had a really good sturdy box on hand and some sheets of plastic that we gals would make stencils from when scrapbooking. They happened to be the perfect size for the holes I had cut in the box, so I had mine finished in about twenty minutes. I set it aside and later that afternoon I noticed the sunlight coming onto the front porch at a very nice angle. So, I used natural light for these shots, just as a test to see how the box worked. I was very pleased with how the lighting came out. It was coming in through the side panel and maybe a bit from the top panel. I used a white reflection card on the side opposite the direction of the direct lighting on the second shot. I cropped that one because some of the card showed up in the corner. I was already losing my light behind the trees in front of the house, as you can see from the longer exposure, even with the reflector card, and the blueing of the light. I’ve since taken some shots using a flash placed outside the box, as he instructs in his lesson. I look forward to seeing those results. I’m also going to make a larger box. The panels on this one are 8x12 on the sides and 12x12 on the top. The top panel is covered with vellum paper, just because I ran out of stenciling plastic. If you can take your flash off of your camera, this is a great project to try, and it costs almost nothing to make.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Nicely done. Interesting composition. I've been planning on making a lightbox too but I haven't gotten around to it yet. It looks like it worked pretty well.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Excellent pictures. I'm glad to hear that your lightbox is working out so well.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

You made a good work with your light box . It's a good way to shoot close up. Here the light is very soft making no shade.
I thik i'm going to build one like you Micki.

Have a nice day.

Are you cold at the moment in your place?

1:01 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

I think a lightbox would help with my photos for Ebay selling. Thanks for the instructions and suggestions.

1:44 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

very interesting and fruitful it a very atmospheric and soft light..

2:10 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I can tell that you'll be making great use of your DIY lightbox - love the warmer, wide shot!

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Hehe I don't think I'll ever fully mature in the mental sense, nuts in a lightbox made me chuckle.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

I got a large translucent bucket (about 3 ft diameter) from a hardware store possibly Home Depot and cut a hole in for lens access and either use it outside or fire a flash trhough it like a light tent. Works pretty good. and very cheap. I shall refrain from any jokes about this shot but I do like you nuts... so to speak!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I remembered your mention of the lightbox project and these are interesting results. The ultimate test will be something glossy like porcelain . . such objects are impossible to photograph in ‘standard’ ways. Experiment is good : sharing the results is even better! Thank you.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Very nice. I really like the nuts and how it came out. Nice job!

I Need to do some light box stuff, too! :)

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

great job with the homemade light box, that strobist site is wonderful, I want Pocket Wizards!

6:02 PM  
Anonymous mooch said...

When it comes to a lightbox I like the subject to be bathed in a pure white. OR, with one very prominent shadow. I like these but would prefer a pure white background. Still, great texture!

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

A very nice job on the light box the light is nice and soft and produces a good image. I've not seen the strobist site before thanks for the link

4:40 AM  
Blogger manju said...

The pics shows the efforts you have taken to take such beautiful macros.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Don said...

The light box lighting is quite an addition. I like the soft lighting and fine colors. Fine shooting.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous kalyan said...

Execellent shots...especially the walnut shots have well shot & composed!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

It sounds like the name of photoblogging comedy :) As usual you're inspiring me to finish making my lightbox. Well you've nudged me closer anyways :)

9:55 PM  
Anonymous kiliii yu said...

That first macro is excellent. So clean and minimal.

5:50 AM  

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