Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Holy Macro | Keefer 52 | Week 5

For Week 5 of project Keefer 52, we're going in close, like, really close. Keefer's blue eyes have been known to make the ladies melt, and a few bats of those baby blues can easily keep him out of any trouble he gets into. There will come a time that I will need to have a talk with him about how the great power of those eyes comes great responsibility (yes, that was a lame Spiderman reference).

Macro photography has always been a thorn in my side. It take patience, it's difficult to light, and its not easy to focus. Just breathing sends the image out of focus. However, when mastered, there is a whole other world just waiting to be photographed. Just check this guy's work out. I want to get that good. So, I decided to tackle this technique, learn it, love it, and add it to the Keefer 52 project.

Technical stuff:

Nikon D800
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
LumoPro LP 180
Fstoppers Flash Disc

For this assignment, I had Keefer hold perfectly still (well, as perfectly still as a 5 year old can) while I focused in closely using a Nikon D800 fixed with Tokina's 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. To light his eye, I used a LumoPro LP180 with an Fstoppers Flashdisc diffuser. I hand-held the flash off camera while it was tethered with a sync cord. The camera's aperture was to f/36 for a deep depth of field with the focus set to manual. To get a sharp image, I held my breath and rocked back and forth very slightly to bring Keefer's eye into focus.

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