The December contest is Best Macro & Close Up of 2013. This contest is wide open to share your favorite or best macro and close up photo from 2013.
The contest themes each month don't necessarily cover all the different types of macro and close up images we create. Here is a chance to share your personal favorites and your best work. Be sure to include shooting details and any relevant post processing information so we can understand how your image was created.
Participating in our monthly contests can help us to become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month.
These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.
The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.
The winning image will be added to the Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery for the Macro and Close-Up Forum.
We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
RULES: -- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post -- Include shooting info so we can learn from each other -- Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners. -- When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. -- Include a title in the subject line -- Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens -- Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback -- WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.
Note: The number of finalists will be proportional to the number of entries. 50+ post will have 6 finalists, less than 50 will be 5 finalists, and 25 or less will have only 4 finalists.
Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 300mm. ISO 1000, 1/60th sec, F11 and camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator in darkness, laying flat on the ground to shoot at toad level.
Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 300mm. Taken in dark conditions at ISO 200, 1/60th sec, F11 and camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Title: Sucking a Little Sweetness Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 105mm. ISO 200, 1/60th sec, F11 and the camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator. I was amazed that the camera was able to lock focus on these moths in flight in night time conditions.
Thu 05-Dec-13 11:46 AM | edited Thu 05-Dec-13 11:48 AM by mbryan777
Rolling Out My Tongue Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 105mm. ISO 200, 1/60th sec, F11 and camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator. I was amazed that the camera was able to lock focus on these moths in flight in semi-dark conditions.
Title: Kitty in he Drop Taken with a D300 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO. Shot on a tripod at ISO 200, 1/250th sec, F6.3. A photo of the cats face was mounted behind the vase with a hibiscus flower and drop. The room was totally dark and a spot light was used to illuminate the cat's face behind the drop. Focus was on the drop and the on-board camera flash was used to illuminate the drop and hibiscus flower. The shot was also taken at F16 so that everything was in focus, but it was too busy and distracted from seeing the drop. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
This was shot in February for the On-Line Photo Challenge - Creative Crop. First off, this is part of a jewel case that holds a CD. I put a piece of polarizing film on an LED light and placed the jewel case on top of that. Used a polarizer on the camera to get the colors.
This was shot with the 24-120mm lens rather than a macro lens because I needed more DOF. I also increased the subject distance to further increase the DOF. I wanted the spindle and the far edge of the case to be in focus. I cropped tight so that the bright vertical piece would float above the dark "V" at the top of the photo.
D700, 24-120mm f/4, f/18, 1/10sec, ISO 800, tripod and remote release.
You have seen this before. This is an infrared photograph that was converted to black and white. I mounted the D700/24-120 f/4 combination on a tripod and placed a taper in front of the lens. Had to use a lot of negative exposure compensation to tame the glare. The candle was the only illumination for this shot.
You can see several of the elements within the lens. It was interesting to note that the two leftmost flame images are inverted and are getting larger. This is probably a reflection from the mirror that is making its way back through the lens.
D90IR (720nm conversion), Nikkor 105mm VR f/2.8, f/11, 1/100 sec, -2.67EV, ISO 320. Converted to BW with Silver Effects Pro 2.
Sun 08-Dec-13 11:09 PM | edited Sun 08-Dec-13 11:11 PM by lastdaylight
Take a picture of a boy. Display it upside-down on a computer monitor. Put a crystal ball in front of the monitor. Take a macro picture of the image in the ball. Like the water droplet images, but a whole lot easier
D300, 60mm D micro, f/8, 1/10 sec, ISO 200
Mark Smith Just like I previsualized it, more or less...
Extension tubes between the Camera and the lens. Kenko make a great set that keep auto-focus and exposure metering. You lose that with the Nikon tubes. The sets come in three sizes, start with the smallest 14mm I think, I now use the middle one most frequently 24mm. You can combine tubes but then a tripod is essential. Hope this helps.
I’m sure my mother told me not to play with matches, but nevertheless I’ve got through a few boxes to support my photographic experimentation. In this case I was using a light sensitive trigger to capture the fast ignition of the match head. This one particularly appeals as you can see the tiny sparks dancing in the flame and the already charred tip of the match.
D800 + 200mm f4 Micro ISO 200, 1/250s at f16 with SB700 flash
This Common Morpho butterfly at Wisley Gardens, Surrey, UK, has one of the most elaborate under-wing patterns I've seen, with six ‘eye’ motifs and a lovely grainy texture. It sat still long enough for me to take a short sequence of images to stack together to get more depth of field.
D800 + 105mm f2.8 micro ISO 320, 1/200s at f9 with SB700 flash
For a few weeks each year at the Wisley Gardens in Surrey, UK, they release tropical butterflies into the glass house. Monopods are allowed, but not tripods (other than on specific photography sessions), so getting good sharp images close-up is difficult. This Atreus Owl specimen sat quite still for a couple of minutes, giving me time to get as close in as possible and take a number of shots.
D800 + 200mm f4 micro ISO 400, 1/250s at f16 with SB700 flash
A cold and very calm day in October gave me the opportunity to set up my tripod in some woods nearby where I live and capture all the detail surrounding this mushroom with a stack of 131 pictures. I really like the diversity of leaves, colours and textures that exist together on the forest floor which you don’t see from a distance.
I know that there are programs which control the focus mechanism on cameras that take the lens through a number of slices of focus to achieve what you demonstrate in these images. I found software called "Control My Nikon" but you have to take the laptop to the camera in order for it to control it. How do you get your portability for this type of photography, as it really lends another dimension which you cannot get no matter how high your f/ stop is set.