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Galileo Thermometer Macro
03-SEP-2006

Galileo Thermometer Macro

La Plata, Maryland

Today I worked out a better technique for shooting macro images of my Galileo Thermometer. I am using a Canon 5D with an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. My first attempt was horrible so I went back to the drawing board by examining the work of photographers more accomplished than myself. I corrected some things I did the last time around. Here is a summary of what I did to adjust:

1. Bottom Lighting
2. Black Background Material
3. Reduced Ambient Light

Bottom lighting better exploits the colors of the fluids. The black background material gives better contrast. Glass spheres and cylinders gather light from every direction, reducing ambient light helps clean everything up and aids contrast.
For bottom lighting I used an old 12x9 light table, which I used to look at my negatives with. I used the black under sides of two 16x23 Kodak film boxes as background material. I am very pleased with the results of this effort over my last attempt where I shot outside in bright sunlight.

This is a sample of my first attempt.

As you can see the result was underwhelming.




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Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
0.80s f/9.0 at 100.0mm (35mm equivalent: 467mm) iso100 full exif

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Fotis D. Tirokomos13-Aug-2008 11:38
Lovely results, congrats! and thank you for the most useful info as well. (BV)
Guest 25-Jul-2008 15:56
Very cool pic!
Guest 13-Nov-2007 19:29
Awesome work, great Job.
Frank Vigil27-Sep-2007 00:00
Beautifully done. Glass is one of the most difficult things to photograph, as you've discovered. The balance, coloring, contrast and saturation are well done here, congratulations! Did you also use a black curtain to hide behind for shooting? Works like a champ, I hate seeing my peering face in the subject of what I'm shooting, lol.

Regards,

Frank
Lamar Nix13-Jul-2007 19:13
A riveting image. vote
carol j. phipps03-Mar-2007 20:22
Exciting.
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