Photo365 – 8 Mar 2011

Ice Dendrites

Ice Dendrites

This morning we had a frost, and our windows were traced with dendritic patterns of ice crystals, so I decided to attempt to photograph these with the MP-E65mm macro lens.

This made me realise just how much work I have to put in to improving my technique with this lens.

So far, I’ve had reasonable handheld results using the MT-24EX flash, but as these crystals were on the outside of our double glazing, I didn’t think that this would be an option today.

This was shot at 3x magnification and f/11 using ambient light only. Shutter speed was 1/40 sec, and a monopod was used to aid stability.  In retrospect, I could have probably used a wider aperture and consequently a faster shutter speed, but I’ve learned from my mistake.

I took almost 100 images this morning, and only managed about 3-4 keepers!!

Much practice is needed, but I’m having so much fun with this lens that I’m determined to improve my technique and don’t need much of an excuse to attach it to the camera body and have a play.