Fennel Macro

More macro shots from the Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens I rented a couple of weeks ago. To find out more about the lens look at my blog Macro Salt Shaker.

Today’s pictures are of a dried up part of the seed head of a fennel plant that grows on our patio. This blog has previously featured this plant in the fall, and in the winter. Included here is a mix of 5x closeup shots and others at lesser magnification. Also included are some bokeh pictures – this lens makes some astonishing bokeh and I will be doing a post just on that subject sometime soon. But this bokeh really goes with these images so they are best kept together.

These are more shots taken on a black glass plate with faint reflections sometimes – I think it works really well for this subject. None of the images are cropped. After reducing the file size for posting on WP I did sharpen some of them to try to compensate for lost resolution. Other changes were minor – a bit of dust removal, small contrast and fill light adjustments to some. No colour adjustments – they are all colour photos, though you have to look pretty closely to see the colour in some.

I have put the shots into a gallery today. To load the gallery click on any thumbnail below and then use the navigation arrows on the left and right to scroll through and the escape key to return to this post.



Canon 5Dii, Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens, ISO100. See captions for exposure details.



10 thoughts on “Fennel Macro

    • Thanks Toad! The lens is really something – it really drives home the advantage of great optics – not just the magnification, but the clarity and the colours and exposures. The lens works in every respect (for what it was designed for).


    • Thanks Karen. I found that I was putting a lot of effort into the technical challenges that come with this lens, and forgetting about composition. Sometimes I remembered, and this was one of those times, though it felt a bit half-baked at the time.


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