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Macro Day!

Erich and I are doing a lot more macro photography these days as are other photographers.  It is the alternate to travel photography right now since no one can go anywhere.  We took a Mike's Camera webinar on macro shooting earlier in the week and got some good ideas. Well, yes we are ordering macro lenses for the Olympus (the macro for the Fuji costs a lot).  When I was shooting with the Nikon DSLR D500 (best camera ever),  I had a macro lens and it really makes a difference. We are addicts! This COVID19 crap needs to end soon, it is costing me a fortune.

Got a new beefy tripod too!  Manfrotto MT190CCPRO3 with articulating arm and the 3-way head. Awesome, heavy and big!  It is the graphite one. I cannot imagine what the non graphite weighs.  I can tell you one thing I am not taking this beast on a hike!  My Promaster compact tripod with a ball head just cannot handle the camera weight. It is ok for landscapes but not great for the weird angles you do for macro.  I think it is the ball head is what was causing the issues - I am loving the 3-way head!

Ok, enough gear talk.  We did more flowers..used a soft effect, no focus stacking today.  We also played around with water drops and well, my focusing could be better.  I need a macro lens! I blurred the flowers on purpose, that was the effect I was going for.

Camera: Olympus OMD EM1 III, 12-100mm & 12-40mm

I need to work on this water technique a bit more - not bad for the first attempt. It took us a while to get everything set up right to get the reflection in the water.  It works better with a strobe, I am so not buying one of those.  Although,  I did think about it and tried to do something else until the desire to buy one passed. I am good now - the little studio lights worked well for this experiment. I am way better at flowers. 

Printed American Flag

Table Runner

Dinner Plate

Grey Goose Vodka


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