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Silicon garden | by PeterThoeny
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Silicon garden

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Always looking to learn something new, today I decided to dabble with macro photography. On my last visit to Hong Kong I bought a cheap macro/wide-angle lens that screws on to the lens of my NEX-6 kit lens. The quality is quite bad though, especially in wide-angle mode - there is a lot of chromatic aberration and blur towards the outside. It is not too bad though in macro photography mode.


I went to the garage to get an old hard drive, put it on the desk, and illuminated it with a strong LED desk light. I used a tripod to stabilize the camera. I moved the hard drive around on the table to center the object of interest in front of the lens.


Macro photography has a very shallow depth of field, so I selected 100 ISO and aperture 10, and manually focused to the desired object. Sony's focus peaking really helps - you see yellow lines wherever the focus is.


I processed two RAW exposures into a balanced HDR photo to enhance the micro-contrast. I applied just little HDR compression because too much would make the bokeh look unnatural. After that I applied strong vignetting to draw the eyes to the center. I like the result, with the bokeh looking like colorful diamonds.


HDR, 2 RAW exposures, NEX-6, _DSC3827_8_hdr2bal1c

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Taken on July 8, 2014