Close up photo of a leaf
These shots are macros of a plant that sits in our living room. At a normal scale it is a nice but not exceptional plant. It is only when working on the macro/micro scale that it gets really interesting – at least to me. The patterns that the darker green veins make fascinate me. We are used to seeing curves and spirals in nature but these blocky, squarish shapes look like something created by man as opposed to something coded for by DNA.
Leaf – monochrome with a lot of contrast
An even closer look at the first leaf
The shots themselves were taken with a reversed 18 mm – 55 mm kit lens on a Nikon crop sensor DSLR body and the magnification factor varies from around 1:1 to 1:3. I tried an alternative method using a 50 mm prime reversed on the end of a 55 mm – 200 mm kit zoom but this didn’t work out. Vignetting was a big problem right up to very high magnification by which time depth of field was so narrow as to be unusable in this case. Light was provided by flash bounced off the white ceiling. It was an exceptionally gloomy day.
Leaf – another monochrome image
Leaf – this one was curved showing the extremely narrow dof
All editing was done in Lightroom 4.