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rustygardener June 18, 2015
Coveboy53 December 23, 2015
Great inventive shot. When you explained all the processes you went through to get this shot i admire you love of photography and you great patience.
stoneypointroad February 23, 2016
Wow, what a great shot. I don't know how you could improve this "not perfect" image. The refection is spot on, the composition - intriguing, and the color is fabulous.
SlowGuns February 23, 2016
Love this kind of shots, you have a feel for macros ;)
TexasStarlet February 23, 2016
This is an absolutely gorgeous shot!! I love the description as well :-)
tetvet February 23, 2016
that's really cool
sundowngaited February 23, 2016
I agree 100% with all these coments! I was so sad when I read how you felt it was not perfect. If only some of mine were that "not perfect"! I sent a like and award, but I used the CREATIVE choice because I wanted to tel you how proud of you I am for not giving up and using your gift to present to us and words to teach us how we can delve into our creativity to master new compositions. My award is as rustygardener has said...genuis and as stoney
sundowngaited February 23, 2016
To finish my previous comment, as stoneypointroad said perfect. Congratulations on a photograph very well done.
heidisopko February 23, 2016
Love this!
barryparker February 25, 2016
Like the one I did :-)
AliAlzuhair February 28, 2016
Icydesignsllc March 04, 2016
Love the colors and the texture. Great Shot!
tmogensen March 25, 2016
Great outcome. I am just getting into macro myself. Hope to get better and better
pamwemhaner December 29, 2016
Beautifully creative
GlabayPhotography March 10, 2017
That's such an awesome photo! Nice shot

Pencil Reflections

As it was a grey day today & after seeing some great macro shots on here, I thought I would have a go myself, unfortunately I don't own a Nikon mount macro lens...
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As it was a grey day today & after seeing some great macro shots on here, I thought I would have a go myself, unfortunately I don't own a Nikon mount macro lens but still have my old Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Pentax K mount macro lens.

To use the lens you need to do everything manually, I used a Pentax – Nikon lens mount adapter then set the aperture ring on the lens to the desired f-stop then programed the settings for a non cpu lens into the camera (i.e. focal length 105, aperture f/11)

I used two tripods one to hold the pencil! A remote release plus my flash mounted on a light stand with Yongnuo wireless flash triggers.

Manual focus and lots of patience to add the water drop to the end of the pencil.

Pure luck! that the flash helped to add a star burst..

Not perfect but happy with my 1st attempt, I now have lots of ideas for some more…
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Behind The Lens

In my home office, on a wet and rainy day.
During the day
I used an off camera flash with remote trigger
Nikon D800, old Pentax mount Sigma 105mm Macro Lens with Pentax to Nikon adapter, 2x Tripods one for the camera and the other one to balence the pencil on. Basic remote trigger and flush gun.
The challenge of shoting something bright and colerful on a drab grey day.
Very little, just extra saturation, sharpening and curves adjustment in Lightroom
In my camera bag
I mainly shoot Landscapes and Seascapes, my favorite type of work is Long Exposures so I always have a sturdy tripod, remote wireless release, 13,10,6 and 3 stop ND filters along with a range of graduated filters, my trusty Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35mm f/4, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 plus recently added a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8.
Just have a go as shooting something out of your comfort zone. It can be great fun.

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