above: playing card detail 2 – 2017
tipping point – 2017
Tylenol Cold + Flu pill – 2017
playing card detail 10 – 2017
steel machinists file – 2017
These random images that I made yesterday aren’t part of any series that I’m working on – at least not that I’m aware of. I just grabbed a few unrelated objects and made these images with a Canon 5DS R and the MP-E 65mm lens primarily because it’s really fun looking at the world through the relatively unknown macro lens. The MP-E is one of my favorite lenses because it can reproduce objects from 1 times to 5 times life-size. But it’s at a cost – the lens can not focus at infinity. It turns out though that it’s a great trade-off because being able to explore very small objects and surfaces at 3, 4 and even 5 times life-size is a great adventure.
If you click on these photographs (except the top image) you will be taken to other work on this blog that I’ve done with the MP-E.
ball bearing self-portrait – 2017
It’s very difficult to convey (via the web) the amount of detail that the 5DS R camera and MP-E 65mm lens combination can record, but if you’ve used the 5DS R you know the images it produces have a stunning amount of detail. For example, the RAW file of the playing card image above is 36″ x 24″ @ 240 ppi out of the camera and at 100% in Photoshop, the surface of the playing card looks a lot like a beautiful old oil painting, with a network of very fine cracks in the surface. And at 100% the Tylenol pill above looks a little like the surface of Mars.
Below is a 6″ x 3″ section of the playing card image at 100%. The stochastic printing of glossy red ink on the surface of the vintage card looks like it’s still wet.