Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Biweekly Shoot Out

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Dec 7, 2014, 1:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,044
Default Water Magic - Frosty Morning

Taken this morning:



We don't get this type of frost all that often, not because it isn't cold enough but because the humidity is normally below the dew point. Normally I'm only aware of frost before dawn when I'm scraping the windshield to go to work - having some nice frost on a weekend is a treat for me - I have enough time and light to take a couple of pictures. This is the black spoiler on my Prius.



These are 1:1 macros, cropped a bit. I was using a new lens and new RF flash triggers so I didn't want to complicate things by adding extension tubes or stacking lenses. Maybe next time I'll be comfortable enough with my equipment to increase the magnification. But for now, I'll stick to learning how to use new stuff.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Dec 7, 2014, 6:12 PM   #2
Moderator
 
selvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 7,204
Default

Lived in Chicago for almost 5 years and I never noticed this phenom. Thanks for shedding some light.
selvin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 7, 2014, 8:47 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,044
Default

It's interesting to see this here, it's probably common in more humid cold areas. I like photographing various types of frost - some is quite beautiful.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 7, 2014, 9:01 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Curmudgeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: East Bay, San Francisco, CA
Posts: 889
Default

Hey,

Really like the first one. I have a question. If you add extension tubes for more magnification does it decrease the depth of field? I really like the depth of field on the number one.
Curmudgeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 7, 2014, 10:01 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,044
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
Hey,

Really like the first one. I have a question. If you add extension tubes for more magnification does it decrease the depth of field? I really like the depth of field on the number one.
Yes it does. Extension tubes decrease your focusing distance and it does affect the dof. It seems to me that as your magnification goes up the DOF goes down, no matter what method you use. Well, I haven't experimented using a TC for extra magnification, so I shouldn't draw conclusions about using that method. I should have thought of that this morning, I'm more comfortable using my TC than I am with either extension tubes or stacked lenses.

The first one was taken at f20 or something like that.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 7, 2014, 10:22 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Curmudgeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: East Bay, San Francisco, CA
Posts: 889
Default

LOL.. these remind me of the crystals in the first Superman movie... strange how the mind stores thing.
Curmudgeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 7, 2014, 10:55 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
dr_spock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 879
Default

Interesting ice crystals.

Your first one is F18. Your second is F14. You can probably try the smallest aperture and take your chances with diffraction. Another method is focus stacking and combine the images through software.
dr_spock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 8, 2014, 9:53 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,044
Default

I tried something like f25 but it was worse than these. I did briefly consider getting the macro rails but decided not to. I think next time I should.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 8, 2014, 8:18 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
bobbert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Toronto Canada
Posts: 600
Default

Great combination of good luck and good eye!!
__________________
Bob B
www.pbase.com/bbernstein
Olympus OMD EM-1
bobbert is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 1:56 AM.