Kip’s Comments 10-10-19

Macro - Turkey Feather - Image 591518 cropped vertical (© Kip Ladage)

 

Macro Challenges

I’ve been waiting for a rainy day to test some ideas I have had for improving my macro photography. While I didn’t really want a rainy day on a vacation day, that was what I had today so I did some playing with gear.       

I set up a very small macro studio area on a piano bench. Using what appears to have been every piece of gear I own other than my long lens, I came up with the following images.     

My efforts began by shooting ultra close images of the wing of a monarch butterfly. I was surprised to learn of the range of texture in the individual scales on the butterfly’s wings. I did not realize how complex their wing structure was. This is the same wing, just lit differently and viewed in two areas.   

Macro – Monarch Butterfly Wing: 

Macro - Monarch Butterfly Wing - Image 591491 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Monarch Butterfly Wing – Image 591491 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Macro - Monarch Butterfly Wing - Image 591487 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Monarch Butterfly Wing – Image 591487 (© Kip Ladage)

    

Next for my experimenting was a turkey feather. My feather photos will go from a wider (still macro) view down to an ultra-close view that revealed additional rows of feathers on the feathers we already see. Under normal viewing we do not see the very fine filament-like feathers.   

Macro – Turkey Feather: 

Macro - Turkey Feather - Image 591513 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Turkey Feather – Image 591513 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Macro - Turkey Feather - Image 591518 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Turkey Feather – Image 591518 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Macro - Turkey Feather - Image 591518 - cropped (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Turkey Feather – Image 591518 – cropped (© Kip Ladage)

   

My final tests were of autumn leaves. This first photo shows a close-up of a maple leaf.   

Macro – Maple Leaf         

Macro - Autumn Leaf - Image 591520 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Autumn Leaf – Image 591520 (© Kip Ladage)

 

The next two images are of a different leaf lit from the side and then from behind. Again, notice the range of texture that we seldom, if ever, see. I know I seldom study anything at this close range. Looking at things differently today caused me to be in wonder of the detailed structure of ordinary natural items. 

Macro – Maple Leaf Lit From Different Directions:

Macro - Autumn Leaf - Image 591524 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Autumn Leaf – Image 591524 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Macro - Autumn Leaf (Backlit) - Image 591527 (© Kip Ladage)

Macro – Autumn Leaf (Backlit) – Image 591527 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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