Yay, a new kind of insect! Grasshoppers! Top pic shot with the Olympus setup at max focus, bottom pic with the Minolta 35-70mm lens at macro 1:4.
Settings pic 1: F11, 1/160 sec, ISO 400, macro 1:1
Settings pic 2: F3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 1000, macro 1:4
Lens pic 1: Olympus OM 50mm F1.8 + Vivitar 2X macro converter
Lens pic 2: Minolta MD 35-70mm F3.5 Macro
Flash: Metz 36 AF-5
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
This is the same dragonfly as in my previous post, but shot with the Olympus OM 50mm F1.8 lens and the Vivitar 2X macro converter instead of the Minolta lens. Since most of the lenses I use are pretty small I’ve started carrying at least a couple of them with me in my bag, and it’s fun to switch and see the difference between them.
To few insects lately? Let’s rectify that with a bunch of dragonfly shots. I found this little red-eyed guy at Nackareservatet where he was hovering over the water – probably looking for insects to catch – and touching down for a break every now and then. As with the dragonflies I shot this summer he was pretty sceptic at first, but after a little while he didn’t seem to notice me as long as I didn’t make any sudden moves or let my shadow touch him.
The biggest difference for me compared to the dragonfly shots from this summer was that I used the Minolta MD 35-70mm F3.5 Macro lens instead of the Olympus setup I’ve used for macro shots before. This lens doesn’t let me get as close as the Vivitar macro converter, but it was fun to really put the Minolta lens’s macro setting to the test. I also think that not being able to get right up in the dragonfly’s face made me think more about the composition of the shots.
I’ve wanted to take a nice shot of an ant since I started experimenting with macro photography this summer, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it. They rarely sit still and they move so fast that it’s been impossible for me to get close enough or get decent focus. I’m also definitely not that kind of person who would kill an insect just to be able take a photo of it. So, what to do? I decided to simply pick up an ant and hold it gently with my left hand while I tried to focus the camera with my right. This is the result. Not a very good photo, but since it’s the only one I’ve got of an ant so far we’ll just have to make do.
Disclaimer: No ants where harmed while shooting this photo.
I’ve never played around much with textures in Photoshop, mostly because I’ve never been that interested in those kind of images, but after having seen some really impressive post-processed photos on Google+ I decided to have a go at it. I simply chose one of the photos from my previous post, downloaded a couple of free textures I found and messed around with them. This is what I ended up with. It’s made up of 9 layers in Photoshop:
It’s this photo as background, 2 layers with a multiplied texture, 1 layer with another overlaid texture, 1 layer with a colored multiplied linear gradient, a multiplied layer with some custom grungy brush strokes and 3 layers with a yellow radial gradient. All layers with varying opacity and fill values.
I’m not sure about the result, but it was fun to play around with, so I guess I’ll experiment some more with textures when I have some fitting photos in the future.
If you’ve read some of my posts from the past months I think it should be pretty obvious that I like to shoot flowers and insects. One other thing I like to shoot is random junk. Broken things, rusty old cars, abandoned houses and stuff like that. It’s not that often that I happen to stumble on these kind of things, but here are 2 shots of junk that I found at Nackareservatet.