Flora Macro Photography, part 2
So I was able to go on a school excursion last week to Victor, Idaho and the Tetons / Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We had loads of fun taking pictures all weekend long. One set of pictures we took were of macro photography! We were able to set up multiple stations around our lodge (Sky Mountain Lodge in Victor, ID), and we rotated through the stations.
Although we had speedlights (YN II Speedlight) and/or continuous lights (LED light) in every other station, I actually went out on my own and used natural light for all of these images. I also used a Canon 18-135mm lens with a 67mm close up camera lens filter kit (I used the 4x on a few things, and changed to a 10x for the fish-eye effect). This allowed me to take some great macro pictures without a macro lens or macro tubes! I adjusted my camera’s white balance to cloudy (as it had just rained), and that made my pictures have a warm color to them, since there was no sun out. Another thing that I noticed was that I had to change my settings (ISO, Shutter Speed, and F-stop) a few times: I realized that a low F-stop is good for certain items, but when I tried to take the fish-eye water drop, it made my images too blurry and had to go all the way to an F-stop of 9. For editing I lightly adjusted the contrast, exposure, clarity, and vibrance, all in Lightroom. My husband looked at my pictures (I have to admit that I rely on his opinion about 95% of the time!) and he said they were good 🙂 Of course, he just asked me to tweak the exposure in some of them, so that’s what I did, and they did look a lot better afterwards!
These images were so much fun. I took these images right after it had rained, and everything had water drops on it. The coolest things were the pine trees, and they looked so magical (and Christmasy), that I had to include them! I wanted to see who the pines would look if I rotated the picture, and I thought it was pretty cool since it looks like the water is really staying at the tips of the pine needles (which doesn’t actually happen in real life). It’s always fun to see every day things in different ways. If you ever want to take cool new pictures of every day things, then you need to try macro photography!
If you’d like to see more, here’s the first part of Flora Macro Photography.