Black and White Morning

B&W photographs can pe rather interesting. Sometimes, the most generic and boring photos become much more interesting to the eye when you go black and white.

Of course, the photos turn B&W on editing, and not in the camera setting – You can always turn a photo b&w, but you can’t go back. So it’s safer to do the editing lightroom (or whatever editing software you use).

A while ago, I went on a short trip early in the morning (VERY early, I was out of the house at around 6:00 AM). I wanted to capture some nice shots of bees (best macro shots are taken in ealry mornings, besides having a perfect lighting, the insects are not quite active because it’s not too hot yet, so they don’t move much. That changes as soon as the sun rises, so you have to be quick!). As it turned out, I missed that golden time, but I did manage to get some nice shots.

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/18, ISO 100 @ 220mm 

The location was the Titorah Hill in Modi’in (my home town, which is located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem), an all time favorite location. It’s just a few minutes away from me, and it has everything you want. From that hill, you have a nice view to the mountains of Jerusalem, though you can’t see Jerusalem itself. However, you can see some of the Arab villages. If you turn around, you’ll have a nice view of Modi’in itself. Besides a nice view, this hill is filled with insects, flowers, cactuses, etc. And some ancient ruins from the Roman times. So, plenty of stuff to shoot!

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/10, ISO 100 @ 300mm 

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 100 @ 300mm 

Moving on to what’s located on the hill itself. Again, using an inverted lens made some of the EXIF data missing. Used apperature was f/2.8-f/5.6.

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Nikon D7100, Inverted NIKKOR 28mm, 1/320s, ISO 500

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Nikon D7100, Inverted NIKKOR 28mm, 1/320s, ISO 800

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Nikon D7100, Inverted NIKKOR 28mm, 1/320s, ISO 500

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Nikon D7100, Inverted NIKKOR 28mm, 1/320s, ISO 500

Later that morning, I got off the hill and walked around the city. I encountered was my all time favorite Hibiscus flowers.

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Nikon D7100, Inverted NIKKOR 50mm, 1/200s, ISO 320

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Nikon D7100, Inverted NIKKOR 50mm, 1/200s, ISO 160

And some cyclists;

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 100 @ 86mm 

I finished this morning with some super macro shots (using a 28mm inverted lens with extension tubes, 12+20+36mm). For these shots you need ideal conditions: Plenty of lighting, and of course, stability. This isn’t something you can do outdoors since the slightest wind will interrupt you. I did it at home when I returned (collected some flowers on my way there), and used my SB-700 speedlight and a flashlight as additional lighting.

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Nikon D7100, 1/200s, ISO 640 

High quality images are avaliable on my Flickr Account.

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