After the class where we learned to shoot macro photos, I checked out some camera gear and practiced on my own! I focused on the water droplet pictures because I didn’t love any of the pictures I took in class. I have absolutely enjoyed these macro pictures! It is very difficult for me to get focused the first time. I feel like I try for 5 plus minutes before I get something in focus. It is frustrating but after I get there everything else is just about timing and getting the “ta-da” moment when the subject is in focus. The first 4 images are the ones I am going to be submitting for this assignment and then the 4 under EXTRA are some I wanted to include for fun! Looking back, I wish I would have taken a picture of my set up for each of these pictures because it’s hilarious the things I did to get these pictures.
I snapped this picture in class last Wednesday. I was obsessed with all the keys and how they were each so individual but told a story and gave a vintage look. I added the pocket watch and bell for some bokeh in the background. There is continuous light from an LED lamp and I just placed them on the card table provided. I also turned my white balance to shadow to add the vintage tone of the picture.
I used this picture on my 8×12 print and I have to say I like the digital version SO MUCH MORE. I needed to bring up the exposer for the print because the green button texture got lost in print. But I am glad I learned that now and before we print our big pictures. I was attracted to these buttons because of the different textures and colors. The texture was perfect for the macro pictures we needed to capture.
Again, I wish I took a picture of my set up because it was hilarious what I did to capture this picture. I taped all the colored pencils in the back to a cereal box so they would stay standing up. Then the colored pencil with the water drops was balanced between two cups and I dropped water on it until the drops stayed. The rainbow reflection in the water drops is the focus of the image.
I had two cereal boxes and strung my earbuds from them. I used a clothespin to hang the lemon from the earbud. The biggest struggle I had with this picture was getting the strawberries to be in the reflection of the waterdrop. I could not get them placed correctly. It took over a hundred takes to get them positioned just right. I still wish the strawberry in the reflection was clearer, but I like the color contrast with the yellow lemon and the red strawberry.
This is my favorite water drop picture I took but I wasn’t sure if it followed the rules to be submitted for a grade. I had a bowl of M&M’s (they are red, white and blue because the 4thof July M&M’s were by the register at the store. Haha) and I placed saran wrap on top of cereal boxes. I carefully placed each water drop and then used a spray bottle to add a little more water. I feel like it is a very different picture but very eye-catching. 4thof July is my favorite holiday so that helps too!
I hope you enjoyed looked at these as much as I enjoyed taking them!