May’s macro-themed photo challenge received some unique and creative shots. Did you win? Read on to find out…
Image: Adam Tacon
by Carl Gray
This great close-up shot of a common darter takes first place in May’s Facebook photo challenge. Carl has managed to capture a beautifully sharp shot of a fast-moving subject.
Carl talks about his image:
I shot this at my local nature reserve, Stratfield Brake in Kidlington. It was a hot summer day with very bright light, but I found my subject resting in some dappled light. I took about 15 photos of the darter in total, each time getting a little closer.
The photo was taken hand-held with a Canon 70D and a Tamron 90mm f2.8 SP Di Macro Lens at f4, 1/800.
You can see more of Carl’s photography on his 500px page.
by Kofi Skingley
Kofi’s extremely close-in shot of a jumping spider takes second place. This subject is easily spooked, so getting a sharp photograph takes a lot of patience.
Kofi talks us through his capture:
This image was taken on my window ledge. I have since discovered that modern homes and infrastructure constitute the main habitat for small jumping spiders like this one, which was only about half a cm long.
I used a Nikon D3200 DSLR along with a 105mm macro lens, featuring a reversed 50mm f2 to get even closer. The scene was lit by an off-camera flash and triggered wirelessly. The shot was taken hand-held and is a single image rather than manipulated from multiple images in post processing.
by Jordi Corbilla
A very original shot really grabbed our judges’ attention for third place this month. Jordi’s different take on the subject brings together an original idea and a great use of depth of field.
Jordi tells us more about the image:
I was struggling a bit this month as I wanted to do something different. I was thinking of insects, water droplets, bubble soaps etc. However, I’ve done all that before so I ended up taking a picture of what was in front of me at the time: code I was writing.
I shot this using my 35mm at f1.8 with a 36mm extension tube using manual focus and natural light.
Take a look at Jordi’s Flickr page for more of his photographs.