A personal blog by Khürt Williams, with imagery, and inchoate ramblings on coffee, beer, and geekery.
I’m getting better with the [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Lensbaby Composer](http://lensbaby.com/lenses-composer) and I’m enjoying using it for macro photography. My biggest challenge has been focusing. With macro one has to be very steady when hand-held. A tripod helps but it’s not easy to place a tripod for the shot.
All images were shot handheld on my Nikon D5100 in manual mode. My Sekonic light-meter helped get the shutter readings for the chosen lens aperture. I used an aperture of f/5.6 which allowed me must enough depth-of-field to get the subject in focus.
The Lensbaby has no electronics to signal the DX body and the aperture is fixed with little circles. This is a total manual setup.
This little green guy was hopping around in grassy area behind my home. He stopped his hopping to pose for me. I was happy for that. It can be hard to focus when depth of field is very limited. Move your setup even just a few mm and the entire image is out of focus.
The spider built a web between the stalk of one of my palms and the side of the house. Unlike the grasshopper it didn’t like posing and the web moved gently in the wind. I had to take about twenty shots to get these two.
I’m not sure what this flower is. Considering how barren the dog days of summer are I was happy for the bit of color.
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