Closer Still(s) | PT.XXVI | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, colour, fine art, macro, nature, photography

Purple Heart [Tiger] Lily | PT.I

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll all tell you just how easily pleased I am. I’ve never been one to want much, not in the grand scheme of things at least and I have always gone by the adage that “enough, is as good as a feast”; and I absolutely believe this. It is relevant because when it comes to photography, I have always been happy with and, tried to make the most of the tools at my disposal (most usually – my camera and my legs) but some things require a little more planning.

Macro and close-up photography has been a passion of mine since I first picked up a camera, almost twenty-five years ago. That passion has not only stayed with me ever since but it has continued to grow. The longer I go between these more intimate shooting sessions, the more it grows and, the more I seem to enjoy it when I finally make it back. For the past few years, I had been making do with an old lamp table for my close-up set-ups; I had fashioned a matt black card base on the table with two joined 12″ high-sides of the same material, clamped lights, mirrors, clamps, desk tripod and, a couple of torches for ad-hoc light-painting during those longer exposures. This week though, something changed.

I | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv] – 1/12th – f5.6 – ISO:400.

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A few weeks before new year, Ang had decided to have a clear-out of the under-stairs cupboard on the first floor. Great idea I though – we could decorate it and make her a lovely, secluded and private office space in there (whilst secretly wanting to snatch the space for myself, you understand). I was thinking maybe some cosy lighting, a decent bluetooth speaker, a new desk and chair, even some pictures on the wall – you know? A space I’d be utterly jealous of, for sure. Still, this was all a while ago and sometimes, as I said, things change. 

At Christmas, I received a very nice portable light-tent. Lights, stands, backdrops, colour gels – yup, all there. The trouble was that we had nowhere to properly set it up and though it’s indeed designed to be portable, once I set something like this up, I’d prefer it to stay there and I can quickly set back up again any time I have a new or interesting subject. That’s when the suggestion came back to me: “What about the under-stair cupboard?” My eyes must have lit up as soon as those words left her lips!

II | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv]- 1/4th – f11 – ISO:200 [w/Hoya =10].

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At the beginning of this week, we measured up; on Tuesday we bought the wood and the paint and I constructed the worktop to be fitted, as well as starting the paint-job.  On Wednesday, the last coat of matte-black went on all the surfaces and by that evening, it was dry enough to set it all up. Could I wait to get in there and shut the door? Could I, buggery! Now, I know that light-tents aren’t a new thing, but I’ve always indulged myself on a shoestring – not for any other reason than the fact that I was simply able to. But to have a dedicated little space where it can all happen, is a real treat. I don’t care if Harry Potter didn’t care much for his – I’m loving my cupboard! Yes, I’m sure that I must sound like an idiot to most of you but this is big stuff to me. A useful man-cave at last! (And yes, I also realise that I’m rambling a tad!) Anyway, I’ll shut up now and let you (I sincerely hope) enjoy a few of the very first frames from the newly crowned (tongues firmly in cheek, you understand?) Studio 35C. 

As always, thank you for visiting my pages and, I wish you all a great weekend ahead.


III | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv]- 1/8th – f5.6 – ISO:400 [w/Hoya =10].

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20 thoughts on “Closer Still(s) | PT.XXVI | 35Chronicle

  1. Congratulations on the new setup, Rob. I am lucky to have a room for photography although until recently it was not for making images. I purchased a portable studio also but not seemingly quite as complete as yours. I shared a couple of extreme closeups a while ago from that.
    I like the three of these and agree that you are off to a good start. I especially like the last in black and white, the way the anthers appear so distinct and strong, and the way you have projected the stigma to the fore in the second. Keep it going. 🙂

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    1. Lovely comments, Steve, thank you so much! Do you have a link to the images you posted, I’d like to take a look?! I’ve wanted a set-up like this for so long and now I have the perfect space to disappear inside and just create. A perfectly controllable environment. I look forward to spending a huge amount of time in here! Again, thank you Steve for your comments and your contributions and I do hope you’re feeling alright. Very best, Rob 🙏 📷

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    2. Crikey, Steve, these are proper close! Very abstract and detailed! Love the mushrooms, by the way. Flippin’ right you should get some flowers in. And get some of your results up for us to see. 😁📷👍

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    3. Crikey is one of my favorite compliments, Rob. 🙂 I had to do the shopping yesterday (we’re both sick and I prefer to be the one out) and managed to get some roses. So far today no energy to do much but hope to in the next few days. Thanks!.

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    4. Yes, I am feeling alright but better is yet to come, thank you, Rob. I am hoping to get outside tomorrow morning as it will be very cold which doesn’t sound like it makes sense, does it? If there is a wind chill then I won’t. I haven’t been out with the camera for two weeks so if even just for a few minutes it’ll be worth it. If not then those flowers and setting up the studio might be in order.

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    5. Sounds like a plan, Steve. Been a good few weeks since I’ve been out too, weather has been a big setback of course but hoping for finder weather next weekend. Keep strong and definitely get your studio set-up. Back to the grindstone for me today! Take it easy, Steve. Best, Rob 🙏

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