Up Close and Personal

 

When I first thought about taking photography up a level and by that I mean sorting out a proper camera (Nikon D3100 I know amateur camera but plans are in progress for a Nikon D7200) and gear, the genre that interested me the most was macro photography.

If you’ve looked at rest of me work on this site your probably thinking… eh? but your site mostly covers portrait work and good portrait work at that! ūüôā – you’d be right in thinking that, I love portrait photography too but the thing is with that I have time scales to work to, clients to please, editing and pricing to sort out¬†but with my macro work its just for me,¬†so if¬†I want to take 2 hour to get a shot perfect then I can without¬†anybody telling me otherwise it makes¬†a nice change.

White Flower
Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200 lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash) – fully manual

In fact even back when I was faffing about with a camera phone a were always drawn to the intimacy of macro work, the really up close and personal approach to a subject, how even the smallest adjustment to the position of either the subject or camera dramatically effects the overall look of an image. The best part of macro has to be the astonishing amount of detail¬†that can be pulled from a single flower, its brilliant to see done properly,¬†that quite simply a normal set of peepers couldn’t possibly see.

With me living in Yorkshire there’s loads a¬†greenery, fields and woods around meaning a good subject to photograph is never that far away, its just finding them! On days where the weathers simply not the best (which being honest is often in good’ol blighty) I generally visit other places such as me grandma’s house who along with me grandad are fanatical gardeners and grow allsorts from fruit and vegetables to fantastic tulips and roses.

Since this post’s about macro photography am going to add the camera settings of each image¬†plus the gear used like the images you can see here, that way you can see what’s being used and hopefully might recommend settings for different effects! – which would be great.

Watered Rose
Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash and macro lens adaptor) – Fully manual

Since I’ve been working on me blog more its amazing how much stuff pops into me head to talk about. Tell you what proper annoys me though is when your out walking and you spot that perfect capture for you to not¬†have your camera! – that’s happened so many times as I walk an awful lot so being honest a person with some foresight would think best take me camera as¬†a keep missing amazing shots, but I never do….

Anyway I digress….¬†

Enough with the rabbling, on with the pictures!

Worker Bee
(He were actually on his last legs this guy, were barely moving) Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash and macro lens adaptor) – Fully manual

 

Small Pink flower
(Captured this one while on a photography course) Nikon D3100 Рfreehand  (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm Р52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash and macro lens adaptor) РFully manual

 

IMG_0110
(Managed to get this from walking the Trans Pennine Trail which covers an obscene distance) Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash) – Fully manual
IMG_0140
(This is from the Cannon Hall gardens visit on a photography class which I enjoyed since I’ve never been before or cant remember going!) Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard) – Fully manual

Cheers for reading this, I hope to see some comments on improvements to me work or maybe some tips. My next post will be the 23rd as am after writing 2 per month to start with.

 

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