Closer Stills: PT.XXXI | Barnacles on Razor Shell

28mm, black & white, close-up, fine art, macro, nature, photography

On Perfect Imperfections?


It’s hard to believe (for me, anyway) that it has been over a year since I shot or posted any serious macro shots here. It may also be difficult to believe that macro is one of my favourite genres of photography and has fascinated me ever since I first picked up a serious camera. Many years ago I would have had so much macro gear and I’d made good use of it all too; but the longer I have been shooting, the less gear I want and, the more use I want to get out of the much less that I have. I have even started, over the last few years, to stop craving perfection (insomuch as I have been able to obtain it. Was it ever so, though? Probably not.) With all this mind, I have a number of macro and close-up options open to me but when I am shooting under controlled conditions (in my purpose-made cupboard under the stairs!) I still prefer to reach for my old Ricoh GRD IV. Desk tripod, a couple of clamps and desk lights, ISO:80, self-timer and a cuppa – sorted. Oh, and black & white of course. Who needs colour when form and texture can slap one in the face like this? Speaking of old, if you’re interested (and this is the case for all my work) – I don’t care much for updating my software when I can see results that I absolutely love with an eight year old version of LR (yup, I’m still on 4.4). So, old cameras, old software (old brain?) who cares? I still love this caper! 

Subject: The razor shell was something I picked up from Prestatyn beach when we were in North Wales for our holibags; I wrapped it in a napkin, stuffed it in my camera bag and once I left it in my studio on our return home, I promptly forgot about it. With an hour to kill this morning, I thought it was time I set it up for a shoot. It’s not particularly pretty but I love it anyway. So, just for fun, here’s an old shell, shot with an old camera and processed on comparatively ancient software. I hope you’ll enjoy! 

R.

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I | 1″ – f9.0 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -0.7

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II | 1/6th” – f5.6 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -1.0

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III | 1/2″ – f8.0 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -1.0

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IV | 1″ – f8.0 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -1.0

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XIX [II] | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, close-up, macro, photography, still life

Shelling-Out | PT.II


Following on from my previous post, here are just a couple more macro / close-up frames taken with my newly acquired, hardly used GRD IV.  Getting a little closer has seldom been easier or, as much fun. (It just goes to show, huge investment isn’t always necessary.) I hope you’ll enjoy these and, have a great week ahead.

R.

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III | 2″ | f8 | ISO:80

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IV | 1″ | f5.6 | ISO:80

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XIX [I] | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, close-up, macro, nature, photography, still life

Shelling-Out (for Reasonably Priced G.A.S).


Right-oh – this post is just for a little fun. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to buy a cracking (barely tripped) little camera and all the trimmings at a bit of daft price and, as I’d had one around eight years ago (and sold it to fund my first GR), nostalgia for its punchy output got the better of me and so – ker-ching! (You know how it is, right?) Ricoh’s GRD IV was for me, a cracking little street camera but, it was also great for indoor candids; its black and white output has been praised ad-infinitum too, all over the inter-web – and with very good reason. (Check out the inimitable Olivier Duong’s page about it here, posted almost three years ago, at Inspired Eye if you’re interested). However, the real reason I bought it again, was to set it up in my macro studio.

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I. | 1″ | f5.6 | ISO:80

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With the combination of its small sensor and a minimum film speed of ISO/ASA:80, it’s a fabulous little thing for getting closer and providing plenty of DoF (depth of field) at macro-distances. I don’t know if it’s 1:2 or a 1:1 equivalent and frankly, I don’t care a hoot. It gets close. Though I didn’t exploit its 10mm  closest-focus, I did have a little bit of a play with a few shells that I’d pocketed from the beach last week, after I’d photographed the Thirlstane. To be honest, I really can’t see that much of a difference in IQ (image quality) at ISO80 at these close distances, to the ISO200 frames I grab with any of my APS-C set-ups. I’m sure there is a difference, I just can’t distinguish it. But for DoF, with IQ at this level – I think I’m going to enjoy playing with this little macro-monster more and more. Just when I thought I’d become an utter APS-C  (minimum) IQ-snob – I end up with this thing again, after all this time. Who’d have thunk it? I still love it!

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II. | 8” | f8.0 | ISO:80

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Thanks so much for reading, I do hope that you’ll enjoy these couple of frames and, are having a great weekend.

R.

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