Texture Thursday derailed me for a minute, but I’m back to the dandelion. I recently bought a set of the acclaimed Kenko extension tubes brought to my attention by Mike over at In Search of Style (check out his stunning work with water droplets). I’ve been wanting to get into macro but have been dragging my feet about forking out the dough for a dedicated macro lens. So I went with the Kenkos to get my feet wet and I have absolutely loved them. I’m extra glad I went with the Kenkos as I quickly learned macro photography is a different animal, chock-full of its own nuances. DOF is so delicate in macro so these tubes will be valuable in learning the craft. What’s also awesome about macro is that you don’t need to go far to find interesting things to photograph since it opens an eye to a world you never see. It’s been raining for days here. I simply walked out and plucked this guy out a sidewalk crack and placed him on the porch to photograph.
The photograph above is actually a macro panoramic. This is a four stitched panoramic of a dandelion leaf edge. I used a f4.0 . The actual distance traversed is maybe an inch and a half (~4cm). After stitching, the image was around 11,000 px wide…of a real world inch of dandelion. Of course, I chopped the size down about 70% on exporting from Lightroom. If you click on the image you can see it a bit bigger. Besides stitching, the pano is pretty much SOOC tone and color wise.