Macro photography is not my forte and yes, this photo is rather cliche. Nevertheless taking this viola flower photo was rather fun and easy to do. Wish I had a different color background and a spray bottle to mist the flower. Tonight I just might raid the wife’s fabric stash that she using for her various sewing project. Ace Hardware is open so I might also stop by the store and pick up a bottle to spray flowers.
Anyway, this photograph was from a single candescent light. The viola was placed in a pan of water that was wrapped in black fabric and the same black fabric was used as a background. The water with the black fabric underneath helped create the reflection of the flower. Moving the light source around will create different degrees of reflection of the flower in the water. To keep the flower from falling over I weighed it down with a paper clip.
The camera I used was the the Nikon D850 and the lens was a AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8. This combination of camera and lens is great, especially if your goal is to create a print that will be rather large. Also to create this photo I used focus stacking that was post processed in Adobe Photoshop. You don’t need to do focus stacking to create amazing results. But without it some of the flower would not have been in focus. Also you could get as basic as using the camera on your phone and get fantastic results.
Since taking this photo my imagination has been going crazy with different ideas to create a different and/or a better image. I am discovering the key to creating interesting macro photos is to just keep trying new ideas. Yes, let your imagination flow. Hopefully, I will have more to share with you soon.
Hang in there. Things will get better. – CLG