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03 Jul 15. Back to the standard fare for macro Friday but this time with the idea of presenting something vaguely reminiscent of the holiday, something red, white, and blue. Now the red and white will be obvious; you'll have to use your imagination a little to get the blue. This is a tulip I shot in the studio and by using a medium telephoto macro lens I was able to get a reasonable 3-D representation of the throat of the flower. This is how I imagine it would look to an approaching insect, perhaps a honey bee, coming in to help pollinate the flower. No clever techniques were employed, just a small aperture to maximize the area in focus (depth-of-field). Then I used software to shift the white balance to simulate night (moon) light but could have done the same thing in-camera by selecting tungsten for the white balance setting. For those of you who like to experiment in your shooting, try using the tungsten white balance when shooting at night where the subjects are artificially lit. I learned this trick back in MD when our Gaithersburg Camera club took a tour of the Washington monuments led by a local photographer tour guide. I almost didn't go on that trip as the weather had been a torrential downpour all day and only began to slack as evening approached. But by the time we got into downtown DC it had totally stopped and we had a wonderful night of shooting and learning! Some of the best $$$ I ever spent on photographic training.
The base image was first cropped to get rid of any unnecessary space, then adjusted for max tonality, given a wee bit of detail enhancement to bring out the structure of the petals, and then given a white balance adjustment to get the "moonlight" look. Nikon D300s; 105 macro; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1.6 sec @ f / 14 on a tripod.