Yesterday, one of my daughters and I went to a local garden as a sort of photography practice/quality-time adventure. We had an excellent time together and she came away with a whole host of great photos which we’ve since printed for her portfolio. She really is coming along with her photography. I hope she keeps learning and, at the very least, maintains it as a hobby throughout her lifetime.
Tonight I’d like to share with you what I managed to capture from the trip to the gardens.
I decided to pack light so I wouldn’t be encumbered helping out my daughter – that meant no tripod or lighting equipment. All I brought for myself to use was my trusty Sony A7rII, to which I decided to attach to it a previously neglected Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro. I’ve had it for at least a year now and I have messed around with it before but never for more than a few minutes at a time. Using it yesterday, I can now tell you that it will be a shelf lens no more. It is an incredible piece of glass! Tiny in size, razor sharp, contrasty, and superb color – everything you would hope.
Something of note for you photographers using the most recent Sony A7-series cameras: If you’re shooting macro images handheld, double the focal length of your lens stabilization setting on the camera. I found that 50mm was not aggressive enough when I was in at 1:2 reproduction ratio. Once I dialed up the focal length setting to 100mm, it was able to perfectly stabilize my shots without getting the jitters.
On to the photos!!!
These flowers are teeny tiny. The head of the flower is no bigger than a pea.
For this portrait of my daughter, I went for a different look in post-processing. I quite like the low-contrast and warmth of it. It certainly was a hot summer day.
The back side of a banana leaf with the sun backlighting it.
Of all the photos, I spent the most time on this in post-processing. Quite a few layers of color grading and adjustments were used to get this look. Not quite lo-fi, not exactly muted, almost antiqued. Not sure what to call it but I like it a lot. It is now the wallpaper on my iMac 5K.
This duck kept staring at me. I think he was trying to see what lens I was using this time. Later, he nodded his approval of the use of the old Zuiko 50mm.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. I have another post on the wings for another lens I recently purchased. Hopefully I’ll have that up by the weekend.