Whether you have stripes, specks, blots or polka-dots … you look just fine to me!
Tomorrow is #MacroFeatherFriday
, curated by +E.E. Giorgi
and +Robin Griggs Wood
… We just love to see what you see! (Find the "how to" below!)
––How to play #MacroFeatherFriday
We want to encourage you to get up close and personal with feathers and try more of these shots, experimenting with the capabilities of your camera or trying out new lenses and new ideas for composition. Not that we don't like full bird shots, but there are so many bird themes available already, we want you to get as close as you can to those feathers! They can still be attached to the bird … ;o) … but move in and see just how much detail you can get from the feather/s––their lines, shapes, patterns and colors. It's a fun challenge, and we'll be on the sidelines cheering you on!
You can shoot in situ or create your own lighting setup at home. Most of all, just play, use your imagination and try every crazy idea you come up with!
I like to create different backgrounds by merely scooting a colorful postcard around behind the feather. Do peruse the #MacroFeatherFriday
posts from the past, because several of the photographers and people responding in the comments share their ideas, too.
Good resources for feathers can be craft stores, dusters or just finds in wandering around your neighborhood. Maybe there is a pillow in the house you can kill for your art. … ;oD
We really are thrilled when folks post a feather shot. From what I've seen so far, the possibilities for composition and creativity are endless. I hope to see one from you tomorrow!
☛ HOW TO DO WATER DROPS
I'm afraid that the process in getting a successful water-drop is just as frustrating as many have described. Most of them fall off because of the weight. I have a lot of "duds" in my collection! Where I have had the best success is through the following.
-- where you place your drop must be a perfectly level surface. My setup is on the dining room table, with a desk lamp or other simple light sources and an alligator clip on a stand.
-- the drop must be very, very
tiny for it not to have too much weight where it falls off the feather. That means that you will need a lot of magnification when shooting to really see it. I use one of my father's old lenses in reverse (run a search on "reverse macro technique") along with a 4x diopter lens added on at times.
I can be a hit and miss thing. Sometimes you get it just right though, and then you need to shoot fast––be all set up and ready to click, place your drop (watch it fall off a dozen times ;oD) and when you get one that is small enough to stay put, click! It helps as well to use a tripod (a small tabletop size will work for this) and a remote can be used to cut down camera shake. Don't forget to hold your breath while you're clicking!Here's how a general workflow should go for the shot:
Put feather into place under the desklamp;
look into viewfinder;
move feather until you see it fully sharp;
move feather at least 20 more times;
"settle" for last arrangement and cross fingers; carefully
place a single micro-drop of water onto the feather;
watch as it falls into the wrong place;
repeat several more times;
"settle" for last placement and cross fingers;
place colorful or glittery background behind feather/water configuration;
watch as it falls onto the configuration because you didn't secure it properly;
move feather again and replace water drop that has fallen off;
don't care that it is not as perfect as it almost
was the last time;
scoot background around more carefully this time;
shoot image at least 20 times, moving camera ever so slightly each time because, even in live view, you can't really tell if it is completely focused or not;
get exasperated and go get a pair of magnifying glasses and shoot the shot one more time.
Just so easy!
Click on the #MacroFeatherFriday
hashtag and there are many people who share their ideas, as well, for your edification and inspiration.
More great themes to share your feather shots with:#hqspmacro
with thanks to +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Rinus Bakker +Vishal Kumar
and +HQSP Macro#Macro4All
with thanks to +Walter Soestbergen
and +Macro4All#rgwoodpost #canonphotography #canonphotographer #digitalphotography +Promote Photography #promotephotography #amazing #naturephotography +NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY +Nature Photography #color #colors #inspiration #canonphotography #macrophotography #featherphotography #waterdropsphotography #waterdrop #waterdrops
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