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Monday, March 17, 2008

Macros of My Backyard

I got outside after work today for a little while today before the sun went down to practice my macro photography with my fairly new Nikon 105mm VR and I took the following series of photos below with the lens (lens info & reviews found at the bottom of the post).

Before I got started I noticed a little friend peering through the fence at me. It's my dog's "girlfriend" Taffy. They run up and down the fenceline canoodling anytime they are both out at the same time which cracks me up. I quickly fired off a shot of her with the Macro lens. I think it came out pretty sharp! I printed a copy to give to my neighbors. :)

Now don't be gossed out but Lucas was my sidekick on my backyard adventure tonight...and I was trying to get his cute nose but ended up with this while he was yawning...I wasn't going to share...but I just had to:

Then I became infatuated by this rusty nail in my tree...

It was the hard to get this thing in focus how I wanted...

More rust...and the strangest DOF...

and then I got into some textures:

The 105mm lens is great!

Buythom.com had a very thorough review of the lens that I found exremely helpful and helped me to really understand the use of the lens.

Nikon Micro 105mm VR Sample Gallery on Pbase.com.

DPReview site gives a full overview of the lens.


Anonymous said...

Hi nice photographs on your entire site! wow!!!
may I ask you to share some links for a good tutorial on faux infrared processing in photoshop? I am super stoked on your IR image gallery.

thanks, greets from italy ... cristina

Jen Weaver Photography said...

Hi Cristina,

Thank you for your kind words!

This is the tutorial I live by for my faux IRs written by Ken Rockwell on this page: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/ps.htm#ir

Or follow these steps from his site:

Faux Infra-Red

1.) Make a duplicate of the background layer (in layers palette drag "background" over the new layer icon at the bottom of the palette next to the trash can)

2.) Make sure this new duplicate layer called "background copy" is selected (highlighted in blue)

3.) Make a new adjustment layer of type: Channel Mixer (click and hold the half black/white circle at the bottom of the layers palette and select "Channel Mixer" from the menu that pops up.)

4.) A menu box pops up for adjustment of the Channel Mixer.

5.) Check "Monochrome" at the bottom. (Leave it unchecked for a bizarre color effect.)

6.) Set R = + 100%, G = + 200% and B = minus 200% ( - 200%)

7.) set constant as needed for the correct brightness, usually about minus 28%.

8.) Click OK


9.) Add foggy blur: create and blur another duplicate layer and mix it to the percentage you prefer

10.) Add grain to taste (Filter > Noise > Add Noise)

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