Macro photography is fascinating and a unique window into the intricate beauty of nature.
The set-up for this macro shoot: a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens, a set of 3 Kenko Extension Tubes, a sturdy tripod, a clamp with a flexible wire, a wireless remote shutter release and bright window light.
Side view of a Sunflower shot at f/16 at 1/5. Vignette added with Nik Analog Efex Pro 2.
Close-up photography is challenging due to its limited depth of field. The 50mm lens with extension tubes demands an extremely close set-up to the subject.
Shot at f/16 @ 1.6 seconds and processed with Nik Viveza 2.
Shining a flashlight behind this nibbled leaf effectively backlit the beautiful fibers and veins. Shot at f/16 @ 0.6 seconds and processed with Nik Viveza 2.
A close-up of the unopened bud reveals its varying textures. This is shot at f/16 and the image below at f/2.8.
You can see the difference in depth of field in this image. The wider aperture isolated the points of the leaves and petals. An added background texture with Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 completes the processing.
This monochrome version lets your eye focus on the intricate patterns of the center. Converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
A few more close-ups. Please click to enlarge.
“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”
~ Vincent van Gogh