A Little of This, A Little of That

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  • Chris Kern
    Chris Kern
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    on: June 8, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    While under house arrest due to the pandemic, I decided to pop for a macro lens for my Fuji X-T3.  I found a used 60mm f/2.4 in excellent condition at one of the big New York retail outlets, and have been happily focus-stacking tiny subjects for several weeks.

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    (1) Azalea Flower  (about 3 cm in diameter)

    (2) Pattern Recognition  (detail of Amerindian painted terracotta pot)

    (3) Peppercorns

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    Kevin Raber
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    Re: A Little of This, A Little of That
    Reply #1 on: June 9, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Chris, some amazing detail on these images.  Well done.

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    Chris Kern
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    Re: A Little of This, A Little of That
    Reply #2 on: June 9, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks, Kevin.

    When you get close enough, you see things that aren’t otherwise readily apparent.  This offers a new level of meaning to Garry Winogrand’s famous statement about making photographs to see what things look like when they are photographed.

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: A Little of This, A Little of That
    Reply #3 on: June 10, 2020 at 1:18 am

    It can get addictive. A friend of mine has the Canon MPE with the 5:1 macro. He delights in making images of unrecognizable things.

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    Chris Kern
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    Re: A Little of This, A Little of That
    Reply #4 on: June 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    It can get addictive. A friend of mine has the Canon MPE with the 5:1 macro. He delights in making images of unrecognizable things.

    At the 5:1 magnification, working with that lens must be very much like shooting through a microscope.

    The Fuji macro lens I purchased is only 1:2, although with cropping that turns out to be more than enough to reveal features not easily seen with the naked eye.  Fuji’s in-camera implementation of focus-stacking makes the capture process very easy once you develop a sense of what parameters are appropriate for various shooting distances.

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    Daniel Koretz
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    Re: A Little of This, A Little of That
    Reply #5 on: August 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I’m late to this discussion, but I think the first is a truly excellent image.

    Chris Kern
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    Re: A Little of This, A Little of That
    Reply #6 on: August 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I’m late to this discussion, but I think the first is a truly excellent image.

    Thanks.  I always notice azaleas as clusters of tiny flowers and I wasn’t aware of how structurally complex each one is until I made this picture.

    A few other examples of my initial attempts to focus-stack macros are available here.

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