Over the past few days, I've been playing with my macro lens. While walking around the neighborhood, I spotted some subjects to photograph. Unfortunately, it's been very windy here in Chicagoland. Strong wind and macro photography generally don't go well together.
So, I decided to bring a couple of the subjects inside. This eliminates the wind and allows me to more carefully compose the pictures as well as to control the lighting and backgrounds. To accomplish this, I quickly set up a little studio on my kitchen table!
Here's what it looks like:
#1: Nikon D800 Camera
#2: Nikon 200 f/4 Micro Lens
#3: Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander (to trigger #4)
#4: Nikon SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight with Diffuser
#5: Wimberley Plamp
#6: Scissors (to trim unwanted pine needles)
#7: Foam Board (white on one side and black on the other)
#8: Gitzo Tripod
#9: Pine Tree Branch (my subject)
Truth be told, the flash unit (along with the commander to trigger it) probably wan't necessary for creating these pictures. I haven't used these pieces of equipment for a while, so I thought it would be helpful to get the practice with them.
Here are a few of the images of this subject:
And, here's an image of another subject using the same set up with the foam board flipped to its reverse black side: