OK, It’s time for me to ‘fess up… Last night I had a night off from macro photography. That’s right – for the first time in 22 days I was so tired I could not so much as lift my camera – a shocking lack of dedication I know. Never-the-less, it’s now day 23 and I have bounced back into the challenge to bring you another 2 images chosen from tonight’s photography session.
Over the last 23 days have learnt that I have four favourite and fail-safe macro subjects that I not only enjoy taking, but I can also be relatively assured of some good shots with. These are;
- Food (especially fruit and veg)
- Fabrics (anything with a deep pile works best)
- Insects (I cannot get enough of them)
- Flowers (Somewhat clichéd as a choice for macro photographers, but rewarding never-the-less).
Running somewhat short of fresh flowers and insects, I opted to raid the fridge and freezer to see what delights I could find. I decided to focus once more on ice crystals and ice cubes and found ice to be a fascinating subject. When backlit with white LEDs in a dark room, an ice-cube takes on a life of its own. The light illuminates intricate details and deformities that the eye would usually overlook but which the camera catches perfectly. I was amazed to see in the image above hexagonal shapes and pentagons, as well as ice-crystals forming along the edge of the cube – but I could not dwell too long because, alas, my subject was melting rapidly in the summer heat. With an exposure of 1/40 at f/8 and -1EV (exposure bias) I am reasonably happy how the shot turned out, but I am not at all satisfied with the light spots reflecting from another second ice cube in the background. Regardless, due to my fascination with the subject and the detail that this image brings to life, I decided it was worthy of a place in my macro gallery.
After experimenting with the ice cubes I turned my attention to a lemon which I halved for the purpose of the photography session. I initially took a few shots of the zest and the flesh, but they did not turn up any ‘new’ intricate details and the image just looked like a regular lemon which is not what I was aiming for. I then focussed my attention on the centre of the lemon which had become dry and had started to contract, opening up an eye in the centre of the lemon. This is when I captured this image below at f5.6 and 1/60 sec.