Valentine Z (Victoriaans Nederlands in Forest) is back again with his pictures! This time, there are a lot of micro pictures that were taken with my DSLR, owning to me trying these style of shots, along with the lens I got. Let’s get started! ♥
All shot on Nikon D5100, Tamron 18-200 mm or my older lens (Nikon 18-55 mm). While not Photoshopped, they have their lighting and other attributes adjusted in Lightroom, while some are HDRs (3-4 photos combined into one single shot).
1/12 – The pink cluster up close. Flowers come in different shapes, sizes, and even their formation at times. All of them share a relatively common trait – they are very easy to take shots of. After all, even with the wind blowing the hardest, they won’t fly or scurry off like animals!
2/12 – Tightrope squirrel. Now this is one of those shots that are a little tedious. It took quite a few tries, but it’s not as bad as birds and butterflies because all you need to do is approach the squirrel quietly and slowly. But not too closely – that’s what the 200 mm is for.
3/12 – Red dragonfly on a tightrope. Ahh, another one, but smaller. Much, much smaller! This one is actually strangely easier than the squirrel one! Why? It doesn’t move around as much even when I am much closer to it than the squirrel. It took me a few shots only because of the delicate nature of focusing and aperture adjustment and to ensure that (almost) the entire dragonfly is focused, while the background is blurred. Easier said than done, on all counts.
4/12 – Chocolate flower. It does not look like a chocolate at all, you thought. And yes, it is actually a real flower! However, try looking at it a bit closer and for longer, and soon you just might be craving for strawberry + white chocolate.