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Nice shot Goran. Yes, it is a great way to occupy oneself without visiting the elements, especially when they are unpleasant.
I'd encourage you to note the setup you're using when you post photos. It helps the rest of us as we refine our eye and make decisions about what lenses and extension tubes to add to our kits. Our celebration includes both sharing photos and experience with gear. To my mind that gives us the best of all possible words. I'm glad you found us and have decided to join the conversation. Fred Miranda is about much more that buying...Show more →
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You're absolutely right. I always like to see the settings, etc. myself. The shot above was taken with the help of the inverse mounting ring since I don't have any actual macro lenses. The aperture was at f/16 and the shutter at 1/100 sec, ISO 1000. It was processed in Lightroom, where I did the usual sharpening and color correction.
I really wanted to bring out the texture of the in focus bits, so I used a Photoshop technique I learned a while back. Here it is for anyone interested in bringing out details in a way different from simple dodging/burning:
1. Make a duplicate layer of the background layer and select "Vivid Light" as the blend mode.
2. Invert the effect by hitting "CTRL-I" on PC (not sure what the mac command is)
3. With the new layer selected, go into the Filters menu and then click on Blur - Surface Blur.
4. Set both numbers to 40 and hit OK.
5. Depending on file size the next bit may take a bit to finish processing, so this is where I usually go for a snack.
6. Once the Surface Blur effect is applied, hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-E which will combine all previous layers into a single new layer.
7. Delete the middle layer.
8. Change the blend mode of the top layer to "Overlay" or "Soft Light"
9. Set a black layer mask over the top layer.
10. Paint in the effect where desired. You can of course adjust opacity, etc. here as well.
I find this process, long though it may be, really helps bring out the detail in macro as well as architecture photography. Let me know how you like it if anyone tries it out.