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When you’re in a country where the rainy season has just started, chances are good you’ll find yourself sitting on the open patio (or if you’re in luck, somewhere outside without any cover 😀 ) watching the rain come down.
Over here it’s like the sound of static noise on the radio. But during and after you could get some nice pictures…

Rain drops falling on leaves

D800, ISO6400, 1/2000 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, burst series

Drop on a leaf

D800, ISO6400, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm

Flower

D800, ISO6400, 1/2000 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm

 

And of course, it may happen so, that in this kind of weather (or any kind of weather, for that matter) other *little* critters may come out to have a look as well…

Spider

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/4, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Spider

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/5, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

 

 

 

I can never get enough from cross-processing images (or HDR images, for that matter). I’ve done a focus-stacking mini-tutorial before, and I know there’s only so many times you can do a tutorial, so I won’t explain everything in detail again, but I still wanted to show this example with another subject/object than a flower.

A week or so ago I posted some pictures of a water tap with a droplet falling. I took a good number of shots, and I thought it’d be a nice one to do a focus stacking with. The nice thing about that image -I think- was the narrow DoF, and that was at the same time the pain in the ass, because it made focusing really critical. Since with a subject like this it’s impossible to get everything in focus in one shot, I took a series of shots and put them together in Photoshop (CS6, I upgraded! And loving it! 🙂 ).

Here are the originals:

Focus stacking originals

D800, ISO1600-ISO3200, 1/350 sec @ f/3.8-4.5, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800

I messed around with it a bit. Typically you *should* keep the settings the same and just refocus (and basically the whole thing is underexposed with 1,5-2 stops, but well… New camera, great low-light performance, etc. etc. Need to do some testing every now and again.

Brought them all into Photoshop and after it (the focus stacking) and I (the necessary exposure, contrast and color adjustments) did the work, the layer palette looked like this:

Layer palette for focus stacking

The layer palette in Photoshop CS6

And the final result; quite a bit different, I can say, isn’t it?

Focus stacking mini tutorial

The end result after all the hard work

There are so many ways you can photograph water. But I must admit I was slightly lazy and unmotivated (could be because it actually had been raining for 3 days straight, how’s that for water? 😉 ). However, even laziness and lack of motivation can spark some creativity. I set up the flashes next to the tap and let it drip slowly. A little twist on the drop in the water pictures you see come by every now and again.

Focusing is a pain in the ass, and you have to be surprisingly fast with pressing the (remote) shutter. I missed a good few. But I also got a good few nice ones 🙂

Tap with waterdrop

D800, ISO1600, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.8, 2x off-camera SB-800

Tap with waterdrop

D800, ISO1600, 1/8000 sec @ f/3.8, 2x off-camera SB-800

A classic picture of birds sitting on a fence. And more classic images of swans. But well, you gotta have them in your portfolio, right?
And try to give a bit of a different swing to it than everyone else.

Seagulls

D700, ISO200, 1/1000 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70x200mm

Swan

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/6,7, Nikkor 70-200mm

Swan

D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/6,7, Nikkor 70-200mm

Here’s another few with the drops, a few with water, and one with milk (ok, that’s not really a drop). It’s funny how milk seems to be so much thicker than water. You can really tell the difference between the drops.
I’ll do a few better ones with milk later, but I noticed there were some issues with the focus. This one turned out quite nicely, though, so consider this an intro 😉

Water drop

D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/16, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB800

Drops

D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB800

It’s always nice to have a couple of photographer-friends over. You tend to do things you all like to do. We set up a little home studio and played around with probably one of the most cliché things in photography land (together with those birds on a wire 😉 ). Neither one of us had these in our portfolio, and it was a lot of fun to do. Bit messy, too, though. And a typical case of hit’n’miss (more missth’n’hit in my case, anyway).

Water drops

D700, ISO200, 1/320 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800

Water drop

D700, ISO200, 1/320 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800

Water drop

D700, ISO200, 1/320 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro, 2x off-camera SB-800

I tend to think of myself as a person who notices things. Ok, selectively at times, but quite a lot of the time I really do notice things. Call it an eye for detail, if you will.
My parents are over here for a visit, and it’s at those times, when we get visitors from abroad, that I catch myself on having turned “local”. Meaning that I overlook things that are beautiful, but common to me. I always try to see things. I always try to find the art and beauty in especially common things, but sometimes there are things that just slip through the maze.
Today we went on a walk through the forest and my mom pointed me to one of those things.

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800

D200, ISO100, 1/60 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm, 36mm extension tube, off-camera SB-800