Great picture! Makes me wonder how large that needle eye really is?
This technique was shared with me by a Canadian photographer, Fred Widall, when I used Pentax gear and belonged to a Pentax group ( still do, although all my Pentax gear is gone).Great picture! Makes me wonder how large that needle eye really is?
And also since you mention taking pictures of snowflakes (I think I have seen some beautiful ones), how do you go about doing that?
Could you maybe explain how you do? I think you have to catch them on a surface of some kind, but don't they get destroyed as they hit the surface?
Thanks for the explanation!This technique was shared with me by a Canadian photographer, Fred Widall, when I used Pentax gear and belonged to a Pentax group ( still do, although all my Pentax gear is gone).
Simple process, just catch falling snowflakes on a piece of 8"x10" glass and find a nice specimen. I work in my garage to keep out of the wind. I no longer use a flash for illumination from below the flake. A simple led flashlight works great. A transparent lid from Tupperware makes a good color diffuser, or you one create a background in post-processing. Fred Widall has taken his "snowcatcher" technique even further these days. Check him out on Flickr for info and to see his work.
Here's a pic of the set-up from Fred Widall's Flickr page and one of my images that I got using his technique.
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The old bellows system shown works easily and is very consistent, but I was thinking about trying the Oly 60/tubes/Raynox combo to take advantage of in-camera focus stacking with my E-M1ii to see if I can get sharper images. I let my gear sit in the garage for about an hour to acclimate to the cold temps. After I'm done shooting, I place the whole set-up in a large plastic bag and seal it up to prevent condensation from the warm indoor temps when I bring it in.Thanks for the explanation!
It has to be dry snow I guess, otherwise you would get water even on a frozen piece of glass? Do you have a temperature range when it works good?
With your setup, Oly 60mm Macro, extension tubes and Raynox 250, I guess you even get autofocus if you want?
Just an idea that popped up in my mind: Would a plexi-glass box with the camera body outside improve things if you focus by wire and use the Oly Image App on your phone?