Lockdown photography and a vlog

Happy new year everybody! May your 2021 be much more fulfilling and less turbulent than your 2020. With the new year came a new camera for me (a few weeks before to be precise). More specifically this is a Nikon Z7ii for those of a technological bent; hot off the mirrorless press. And I'm loving it!  Naturally I've been out and about over the Christmas holidays doing my best to capture some nice photos. This has been easier said than done during the pandemic, and especially now we've been fully locked down again :( Photography is something I've been doing for many years now, but this time I've tried my hand at producing a little video cataloguing my exploits over the last few weeks. This is the first time I've filmed and put together something like this, and truth be told I'm a little nervous to put it out in the World. I don't think I have the best on-camera persona, but perhaps this will get better over time if I do it more. SO... I'd really apprec

Quarantine Macros

Needles to say, I had a very relaxing Saturday morning messing about with the camera! (sorry).

Well… I've gone as far as I can with the DIY aspects of converting my garage into a home office / studio. After putting the skirting boards in last weekend, the only thing left to do is to get the carpet down. I'm getting someone else to do this as it's way beyond my skill! Due to the current covid-19 situation this has been postponed and I've had to entertain myself in other creative ways.

In the meantime, I thought I'd fill my isolation time by trying to pull off some of my more elaborate photography ideas. Since I was indoors this naturally meant I went to macro shots. I'm sure the following idea has been done before, but it was fun to pull it off from a technical perspective. Cross stitch combined with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon lead me to try and get a rainbow of thread passing through the eye of a single needle.

Two barbeque skewers, some gaffa tape, a box of screws, a 2x4" plank and an hour of fiddling with cross stitch floss later,  I managed to rig it all up.

I tried shooting in a few different ways, but here are the highlights.

These are all shot on a Nikon D810 with a 105mm f/2.8 VR macro lens. This lens is utterly fantastic and very reasonably priced for what you're getting. See here for Ken Rockwell's full assessment.

For this dark shot I used only a desk lamp in a darkened room with a very high aperture f-number, and a very long exposure time. 

6.0s, f/51, ISO100
For a lighter shot I kept the lamp on, room light on, flash on.

1/25s, f/8, ISO100
I ended up taking a few more at lower depths of field from the side here and here.

All this made for a quite a chilled Saturday morning just pottering around. In these torrid times I think it's vital we take the time to unwind with a hobby and (in my case) about four cups of coffee and a teacake.


Unknown said…
How you can make something so mundane look so good is beyond me.