Two years ago, we visited friends. They live approximately an hour’s drive away. Because she works as a nurse in a pension home, she has to work in shifts. That’s the reason we meet quite rarely. That day, we had a little walk around a nearby lake.
I guess you know this tree if you saw my yesterdays post.
It’s the same tree, but a whole trip was between these two images. Yesterdays image was the first photo taken in Wales and this one was the last photo. Morning and evening made a trip 🙂
This tree usually stands in the lake. But, the water level was very low because of the lack of rain during the winter. At least 0,5 meter of water is missing. The lake is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long and in size about 240 acres (~1 km²). So, you’re able to calculate, how many liters or m³ of water is missing. And, summer has not come until now. We only have May!
The above macro image shows a hover-fly on an Echinacea blossom. It’s taken by using a 105mm macro lens attached to a camera with an APS-C sized sensor in the early evening hours. Afterwards it’s developed from raw by using Luminar 2018.
Insects are very quickly moving animals. Additionally, their movements are nearly unpredictable. Even when sitting on blossoms for having a meal, they are constantly moving around. So, you have to use very short shutter-speeds when taking photographs beside a quick auto-focus. When using a macro lens for taking photos from small or tiny things like insects, you have to use a small aperture (= high number) to get images that are sharp for more than a tiny area. You know, the size of the field of depth depends on the focal length and the f-stop as well as the distance between your lens and the subject: the smaller the aperture, the bigger the field of depth and the longer the focal length the smaller the field of depth.
Both of these have an impact on the resulting image: a short shutter-speed only lets the light reach the sensor for a very short moment, while the small aperture limits the amount of light. So, what can we do to get properly exposed images? Right, we must increase the ISO, the sensitivity of the sensor. But, increasing the sensitivity also has a con: the digital noise in the image also increases and the fine structures might vanish. You might ask, why do I tell you all this technical stuff.
The reason is, nobody wants to look at noisy images with no structures. So, you have to use a software for developing your images, which is capable of eliminating the noise but preserves the structures.
In this image I still have all the structures: the fine hairs, the structures of the facet-eyes and the pollens. I also got rid of the noise from the background. So, Luminar did a great job again.
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