The story of this photo
I have been exploring macro photography lately. You probably know me for my HDR work, and don’t worry, I will keep on creating HDRs. But I was always fascinated with macro photos. However, I was fully aware that creating stunning macros is very difficult. So I studied macro photography (without practicing it) until I had a pretty good idea of how to approach it.
A few weeks ago, I bought myself a Nikon Micro 105mm lens (also a nice portrait lens), some flash equipment and a few other thing, and I started exploring the world of the small actively. This is the very first macro shot I publish. It was set up using a blue cardboard as a background, three flashes, and a Gerbera flower (of course) on my table top.
How it was shot
- Taken with a tripod
- Single exposure
- Camera: Nikon D7000
- Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm 1:2,8G VR
How it was post-processed
- Post-processing was done in Photoshop
- Topaz DeNoise
- Topaz Details for bringing out the details in the petals and some basic color correction
- Topaz Infocus for sharpening
- Saturation adjustent layer (master)
- Vibrance layer (vibrance)
- All the adjustments above grouped and opacity of the group set to 60% (original exposure on background layer)
Here you see the setup on my desk.
- Three normal flash devices (1x Nikon SB-700, and 2x Yong Nuo YN460 II). Backlight, light from the side and for the background.
- A blue piece of cardboard as the background.
- A small syringe for applying the water drops