Macro photography can be done without a macro lens. You just need to find a big enough subject. Percussionists have two guesses as to what the subject is for Week 12 of the Dogwood Photography Challenge.
Dogwood Challenge Week 8
By varying the focal length during the long exposure the sensor captures a trails of light emanating from the color-changing LED in an aromatherapy oil diffuser to create a zoom burst.
Dogwood Photography Challenge Week 4: Quiet Moment
With three energetic dogs in the house at one time, when they sleep it is definitely a Quiet Moment—week four’s entry in the Dogwood Photography Challenge. This one is the stinkin’ cute one. (Don’t tell the other two—they think they are the stinkin’ cute ones!)
Though the speedlight (1/8 power) freezes the motion water droplet, the ability to manually set the exposure triangle is necessary. Due to constraints in lighting placement, shutter speed is 1/60 rather than the customary image-stopping shutter speed of 1/250 that I have seen used in water droplet photography. Aperture of f/8 maintains a deeper depth of focus that rather than the wider aperture that P or S might have chosen in low light. ISO 100 to ensure lowest potential for noise in the image.
Other “manual” attributes of this shot: Custom made drip support from 34″ length of 3/4″ PVC pipe drilled at ends to mount on light stands and center drilled to insert eyedropper. $0.98 rolls of cellophane (cyan and magenta) from Walmart.
A cube enthusiast, a 7×7 cube, and a new portable shooting table are all the variables needed to make an image representing Color Harmony for week 2 of the Dogwood Photography 52-week Challenge for 2018.
Photography is sometimes about capturing fleeting moments. There was a time when I would have overlooked this image before and after the camera, let alone published it. Before, because it is just a routine thing, the sunset. After, because it might not be what someone else would think was a perfect shot. When you are “looking ahead,” it becomes something more than routine. It may not be perfect, but it was that fleeting moment that represented Looking Ahead.