Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 – Magical

For this week challenge I picked some of my archive photos.

The first one is Gaia, I named this picture after the Greek word which means “Earth”. The technique I used to take this shot involved merging circa 30 pictures and using a special software to create a polar effect. I wasn’t familiar with it the first time so it took me 5 hours (shooting+editing). Still, I love it and even if it is an old picture I use it for my portfolio or as a flagship photo.

The second entry is a photo of a beautiful jellyfish sensitive to UV lights. A simple shot taken at the Bournemouth Oceanarium, but during the editing phase I started imagining more light coming out from the creature. So I played with settings until the whole scene took life.

The third entry is one of my first macro pictures. It was a misty morning in October 2015. My former company was renting a flat with a garden and I only had my full frame camera for a few months. I came out and I saw a spiderweb entirely covered by droplet. I fortunately had a tripod with me and also a Raynox 250 filter that transformed my zoom lens into a macro.


My last entry is a memory of my trip to Turkey last year. It was taken in Goreme, Cappadocia. The place itself is out of this world to say the least, and features a unique landscape. Cappadocia is still one of the few regions that is not too touristy (yet) and as such it is still very “traditional”. Some years ago a few companies started offering hot air ballon rides over the region to tourists. The activity grew so popular and expanded that many more company started the same business. So every day, if weather allows, hundreds of balloons fly over the skies of Goreme, starting at 5:30am.

The result? you wake up to this.


Once upon a Macro

A selection of some old and new macro pictures I added to my portfolio.

The first one I ever took is the one of the droplets on a spider web. I still remember the day I took it. It was a misty morning of October 2015 and I was in Poole, on a rented flat with a little garden. I did not even have a macro lens but only a normal zoom lens and a Raynox 250 filter (strongly recommended!!).

I saw a rather big spider web completely covered with droplets and so I decided toI set up my tripod and camera equipment.

Fortunately it wasn’t windy so keeping the droplets in focus was relatively simple. Max zoom, a sufficient aperture to have enough depth of field and…click! 🙂