Every once in a while, I see some detail on something I have and it makes me want to shoot some macro images. Since converting to the R3 with its focus stacking capabilities, macro is so much easier to work with. I had a car which had both printed patterns and embossed elements on it. I thought these looked interesting so set up the macro lens to get a closer look. The focus stacking in Photoshop is so straightforward when shooting on a mount, it takes no time at all to get the shots.
I was interested in the embossed elements but, when I took a look at the resulting shot, I was quite taken by the edge of the car. The layers in the laminate were quite interesting and the detail in the curves of the edge were brought out in the shots. I did also like the way in which the embossed characters come out when you are working so close in. Macro is such an interesting way to look at things that are normally on a scale which means they are lost to us.
In a previous post I talked about the visit to the Georgetown Steam Plant. I mentioned in that post that there are all sorts of interesting details around the plant with the old technology of vale’s and pipes – technology that probably is still pretty relevant today. This post is a sequence of shots that I got while wandering around the plant that show some of the more interesting detail elements.
During the British day at Exotics@RTC, there were some old Jaguars taking center stage in the shopping area. I was checking out the grill on one of them and looked at the headlights. There was a little logo in the middle of the lights that I had not noticed when looking at previous cars. I guess it is an original feature but it could be an aftermarket thing. That seems out of keeping with the way these vehicles are maintained so I hope it is original.
Not being able to go anywhere means you can only photograph things close to home. Why not dig out the macro lens. I have no doubt that many photographers have been doing the same thing when stuck at home too. I initially didn’t have any obvious plan for this. I just decided to photograph anything around me to see what it looked like when seen up very close. Textures on the surface become apparent in a way that aren’t normally. I also discovered just how much dust on on somethings that I never noticed until looking at the images.
When you get lots of similar jets arriving, you can mess around a bit. The 500mm was far too long for the touchdown shots for most aircraft but, when you are getting a bunch of Air Canada A320s, no harm in cropping in really tight on some of them. The CFM-56 reversers are a bucket type so they splay out from the nacelle. With the evening light, you can see lots of detail in the structure. I played with a similar effect on some of the other jets too.
The missile display at Evergreen Aerospace Museum is impressive. They have sourced a lot of different types and they have a Titan IV section lying on its side. You can get up close to the nozzle of the rocket motor and it is a cool thing to see in detail. Looking from a distance, they look very simple but, once you are close up, the complexity of the structure and the cooling structure to stop the plume from burning right through the nozzle are really impressive. The shaping of the nozzle itself, in contrast, is very simple. The expansion ratios are calculated carefully and the profile is a smooth transition to minimize the losses. Quite the contrast.