Yesterday I took a break from studio macros and spent some time outdoors with the Holga. A small path into a windbreak between two snow covered corn fields revealed this spot:
Another botanical study:
My lilac bush is tarting to bud out - leaves only at this point - and here is a macro shot of some of the leaf buds:
About 1.5x lifesized, made with Pentax DFA 100mm f2.8 macro on extension tubes. (I'm lucky to have a set of K mount extension tubes that have full contacts so that all auto modes are present with A, F, FA and DFA lenses.)
This is made form 55 files stacked in Zerene tsacker - 2 separate stacks that were combined in Photoshop. This image wa smade from out of camera JPG's. I also shot raw files and converted them using th eSIlkyPix raw file converter supplied with the camera, but the stacked images displayed some subtle aberrations (well - "smudges" better describes it) in the white space around the image. Hopefully with practice I'll get adept at using Silkypix in order to unleash the full detail contained in the iamge. As it - this image at full resolution show far more detail than I can see in the subject, even with effective 10x magnification.
Closeup of Virginia Creeper tendrils:
Another botanical study - a goldenrod gall:
Continuing with studio botanical studies... the cap from an acorn.
Pentax K-1, D FA 50mm macro reverse mounted on extension, 100 images focused stacked in Zerene Stacker (2 combined stacks.)
I realized that the version of Adobe Camera Raw that I use does not seem to support pixel shift resolution in Pentax K-1 files. (I'm using ACR v 9.1.1 in Photoshop CS6, K-1 raw support was added to ACR v9.5.1). So I used in camera JPG;s for this image. The level of detail is pretty good but I could probably be upped a bit more working with RAW files as the source.
Two small trees left standing...
Ultrafine Xtreme 400, D76 Stock
Not sure what this flower is - or was. I found it in the barren February fields. Possibly an aster?
Shot at 1.5x lifesized. Pentax K-1 in pixel shift mode with DFA 50mm macro.