Monday, May 17, 2010

Today's Photo - Toothbrush Macro

One of the things I really enjoy about the Macro Lens is the ability to take common household items and make an interesting photo out of them.

Today I had my semi-annual dentist appointment and as usual came home with a brand new toothbrush.

Warning:  Do not try this with a used toothbrush!  It will gross you out!

For this photo I propped up the toothbrush and used my mini tripod.  I set the ISO at 100 to eliminate any noise (graininess) and minimized the Aperture to ensure the entire depth of field would be in focus.  This combination of settings requires a very slow shutter speed, which is not a problem indoors as there is no wind to worry about.  

In addition to the normal room lighting which was pretty dim, for this photo I used a small LED flashlight, which I swept back and forth across the scene at various angles during the entire 13-second exposure in hopes of minimizing the shadowing.

Toothbrush Macro
ISO 100   F/45   13-second exposure

Toothbrushes sure have evolved over the years into some strange looking devices!

1 comment:

Mr. J said...

Very interesting idea for a photo. You should make a print of it for payment on your next trip to the dentist! It turned out great. I'm going to have to try out your flashlight painting technique this week.