I am still home-bound and having to photograph simple subjects using modest props and setups as part of my "Rear Window" project.
I began this series by mounting the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro lens on my X-T1, but in a few minutes found myself picking up my X100T to see how things would look through the close-up 23mm lens. One look and I was off and running. I love shooting close-ups with the X100T. Using the lens wide open at f/2, as I do most of the time, imparts a softness to the subject that I like. When I want the image sharper, I just go one stop down.
I wanted to capture the beautiful texture and color of the antique paper so I resorted to one of my Custom Settings where I have the camera set for Classic Chrome and -2 Color to mute the colors. I always shoot my Fuji X cameras to capture both RAW and jpg at the same time and usually use the jpg image as a reference while processing the final image in RAW. For this series, the camera settings hit the mark for the look I was trying to achieve, and in this rare instance I went straight to the jpgs.
|Sometimes known as a fleaglass, this early, collapsible pocket magnifier was carried into the field for close up observations of insects and plants.|
|This antique Stanhope magnifier is made from one piece of glass curved on both ends -- one end having more of a curve than the other. The slightly curved side can be placed very close or even in contact with the subject to be magnified.|