Last weekend I attended a macro photography workshop by Don Komerechka hosted by the Princeton Photography Workshop. It was a fun but challenging workshop and I learned just how much I have yet to learn. I am so far from where I want to be with macro but with patience and perseverance I think I can improve my craft. Water droplet macro — or in this case the term “micro” might be more appropriate — is much harder than any macro photography I have attempted so far. Macros of flowers or insects are all I have tried to date but even those seemed easy compared to the water droplets.
Don gave the class a quick primer on focus stacking, a technique I have used a few times with my macro. One cool tip I learned is that Photoshop’s auto-align and auto-blend layers features makes it relatively easy to focus stack capture images.
Macro photography can be time consuming. Water droplet photography even more so. Getting the water droplets to be spherical to my satisfaction required a lot of trial and error. And I had a lot of failures. I deleted most of the images I captured that morning. The one included with this post is the best of them.
The featured image is a blend of several images. As you can see it’s flawed in many ways. It’s not sharp. The flower that was placed behind the dandelion doesn’t appear clearly.
I need more practice.
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