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08-24-11 – Barren Macro

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  • #1843
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Pictures of things up close. Difficulty: Evident life forms prohibited. No plants, no animals, no Venus flytraps.

    Thanks to ravnostic for the theme suggestion!

    #29002
    clouddancer
    Participant

    Question for rav: Would a husk of an animal be ok? As in, like a snake sheds its skin when it gets too big for it, would taking a picture of the shed skin be ok? I ask because I got something similar today, but from a dragonfly, or rather a former dragonfly larva. If not, I’m quite sure I can find something else to work with this, I just thought it was cool.

    #29001
    ravnostic
    Participant

    In the theme forum thread, we talked about this, and the general concensus was along the lines of ‘things that obviously haven’t been alive anytime recently’. So, for example, a macro-style closeup of aged furniture wood or bone fossil would pass muster, but a macro dead leaf or leather (which would likely decompose in a shorter time) wouldn’t. Based on that, I don’t know that the larval shell would really fit, as it probably wouldn’t last a long time in the world before it was lost.

    That being said, I’d sure like to see that picture used in a future contest sometime. 🙂

    #29038
    ennuipoet
    Participant

    I took a walk this morning brainstorming for this theme. Whilst strolling along the park, the word “Bubbles” drifted into my mind like…well, bubbles on the wind. Whistling a merry tune I did my best Silly Walk to the local purveyors of Soap and Glycerine Mixtures in small plastic bottles packaged with a tiny appendage boasting an aperture from which the exhalation of oxygen and carbon dioxide would produce floating spheres, or, the 99 Cent Store.

    Arriving at my domicile, I did a brief search upon the Internets for tips upon my endeavor. Fortified with the information I removed my cardboard box light tent, stapled a dark blue pillow case on the back and used a paper clip to stand the bubble wand on. I removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent. My idea was to photograph the bubbles as the left the wand, the so clamped the wand into place and removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent. I focused on the the wand, zooming in to true macro 1:1 ratio. I placed my flash off camera to the left at a 45 degree angle with a radio trigger. I placed the second radio trigger on the camera’s PC port so I could fire the camera and flash remotely while leaning in to blow the bubble. I removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent. I checked my focus, loaded the wand, check my focus and then went back to breath. The bubble mixture had ran out of the wand. I reloaded the wand, removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent, reloaded the wand, leaned in, exhaled and blew the most amazing bubble. Just as the bubble was forming on the wand I triggered the camera and the flash. The flash did not fire. I checked over the lighting set up, turned on the radio trigger on the strobe, reloaded the wand, removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent, reloaded the wand again, leaned in, exhaled, blew a lovely bubble, just as the bubble was leaving the wand I triggered the camera and the flash. The flash fired, the shutter clicked, the bubble blew out, the cat chased the bubble. I ran to the camera to chimp the shot: black screen.

    I checked the lens cap, it was off. I reloaded the wand, removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent, reloaded the wand, exhaled, bubble forms, trigger the camera and flash, the flash fires, the shutter clicks, run to chimp the shot: black screen. Repeat ten times. Check all the settings. Remove the cat from the cardboard box light tent. Repeat the exhale and trigger, chimp the shot: black screen.

    At this point in time, I am somewhat frustrated.

    I removed the remote trigger from the camera PC port, because the cheap ass Chinese knock offs will not remote trigger the camera and the flash at the same time. I remove the cat from the cardboard box light tent, load the wand, place the wand, check my focus and attempt to blow a bubble from two feet away while manually releasing the shutter. I spray bubble mix all over the back of the cardboard box light tent.

    Repeat ten times, speckle the dark blue pillow case back drop with bubble mix. No bubbles. Decide to try several angles, remove the cat from the cardboard box light tent, and discover that from any angle I cannot both blow a bubble AND trigger the camera.

    At this point in time I am very frustrated because I have realized for this work without remote triggering the shutter, I would need to violate several laws of physics regarding matter existing in two separate places at the same time.

    I put the cat in the cardboard box light tent, since the damn cat wants to be in there so badly. I focus the camera on the cat, align the strobe and go to click the shutter because at this point in time I want to take ONE FARKING PHOTOGRAPH OF ANYTHING, shutter fires, chimp the shot, to see a blurry streak of a black and gray tail as the cat leaves the cardboard box light tent.

    #29039
    CauseISaidSo
    Participant

    I sure hope you posted that so that we could all laugh WITH you, ’cause I’m laughing and I’m going to feel bad if it turns out to be AT you. 😆

    But no remote shutter release cable? Good grief, man, you’re in NYC, hie thee to B&H and buy a cheap one for $5.

    #29040
    orionid
    Participant

    lulz. We’ve all been there.

    #29041
    ennuipoet
    Participant

    I sure hope you posted that so that we could all laugh WITH you, ’cause I’m laughing and I’m going to feel bad if it turns out to be AT you. 😆

    But no remote shutter release cable? Good grief, man, you’re in NYC, hie thee to B&H and buy a cheap one for $5.

    Oh, it’s both, trust me, it’s both.

    I bought the radio triggers because I wanted to be able to move around freely when shooting portraits and they work great for that. I am going to upgrade to Cowboy Studio’s Triggers which are much more reliable. And buy a shutter release cable.

    #29042
    olavf
    Participant

    ennui That’s hilarious, but only because I feel your pain =/

    On the Cowboy Studio triggers – are you talking about the wireless strobe/flash units? I’ve got one and it works pretty well – with the caveat that I haven’t played with the hot shoe at all. Just as a master strobe trigger (the other strobe slaves off the first, but I’ll eventually get a second receiver).

    #29043
    oddmind
    Participant

    a blurry streak of a black and gray tail as the cat leaves the cardboard box light tent.

    As I was reading, I was pulling for you to at least get a photo of the cat. Of course, as a slave to four cats myself, I should have realized what the outcome would be. A similar scenario has been played out at my house, too.

    #29046
    ravnostic
    Participant

    lolz at ennui‘s essay. A++ for effort, and there’s always “I tawt I taw” III. 🙂

    //still haven’t taken a damned shot for this theme, and it’s my farkin’ theme suggestion. I need more round tuits. If anyone spots a sale at Amazon, please let me know…

    #29047
    kashari
    Participant

    I removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent.

    😆 That was pretty dang funny, Ennuipoet!

    #29048
    Curious
    Participant

    ennuipoet that was beautiful.

    i have a 15′ remote cable release for the minolta 7i and an IR remote release for the nikon D3000. the IR release will fire the camera when pointed at the ceiling or a side wall.

    #29049
    Uranus
    Participant

    I removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent.

    😆 That was pretty dang funny, Ennuipoet!

    it brings back the old “I put on my robe, and wizard hat…”

    kept me chuckling all day!

    #29050
    U-Man
    Participant

    Great story, ennuipoet. As others have said, I understand your pain. This is comedy in the Ancient Greek form. 🙂 My old cat won’t let me near him with a camera. My Maisy (one year old tomorrow) loves just about everything.

    The barren macro police might be busy this week. Just how dead does stuff have to be? Would a pressed flower work? How about an old leaf that has been worked over by Japanese Beetles so that only the veins remain? What about one of my spider web pics with the dew on it?

    I arranged these in ascending order of barren-ness. Where is the line drawn? Or is this going to be bubbles and rocks and metal stuff? What if the stuff is on grass?

    I don’t have a strong opinion. I’m just trying to define the playing field. It might be best and easiest to just make sure that the subject of the photo (as opposed to the background) is dead. And not just pining for the fiords.

    #29051
    kashari
    Participant

    I removed the cat from the cardboard box light tent.

    😆 That was pretty dang funny, Ennuipoet!

    it brings back the old “I put on my robe, and wizard hat…”

    kept me chuckling all day!

    It’s making me giggle reading that line again today. I’ve got to have my son read it too because cats are FUNNY. 😉

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