Re: [OM] IMG: Surface Textures

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Surface Textures
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2020 08:25:06 -0600
Hi Moose,

I appreciate the kind words and the critiques.  You are right on all counts.

As I approach 90, I am more aware of my shortcomings.  All of these "macros" were hand held, and some were in awkward positions.  I no longer trust myself to stand on a stool, etc. Hence, the tilted images.  To deal with focus, I shot  several frames and  picked the best.  And, as you demonstrated with your example, your eyes are much better than mine.

I'm sure focus stacking is a great technique.  With my health distractions, I just haven't seen fit to learn new tools.  Maybe somewhere in the future.

On 3/2/20 12:02 AM, Moose wrote:
On 3/1/2020 9:03 AM, Jim Nichols wrote:
Before putting the closeup extension for the Leica-R 60 Macro lens away, I decided to take advantage of a sunny morning for a few "texture" images.  These are uncropped images from the Olympus E-1 4/3 camera, with small adjustments in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.

I've been enjoying this series of photos.

You have run into the classic problem with macro and micro photography, shallow DoF. It's no accident that focus stacking in software developed first in photomicrography.

"Sun Catcher" is my kind of photo!
"Dust Gatherer" is cute. It could use some more DoF and/or moving the focus forward. "Another Sun Catcher"  would be better with the camera exactly parallel to the subject; then all would be in focus.

Fifty-year old antique brick:


Bark of the Tulip Poplar tree:


Hand-held at about 5 inches from the surface.

I like the subject a lot. Seems to me that it's so high key that much of the textural depth is underplayed. I also did a bit of localized sharpening. <http://www.moosemystic.net/Gallery/Others/Nichols/TulipTreeBark.htm>

Tonal Moose

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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