Shell Button Details
Today I display an old shell button shot through the Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens that I rented a few weeks ago. To find out more about the lens look at the first of these posts. They are photographed on a welder’s mask glass. This is an adaptation of an idea I saw on David William’s blog who uses black plexiglass for some of his macros.
I think this is actually two buttons, there are several held together on a small string. Since they are shot at up to 5x magnification I can’t see enough of these to tell if they are the same one or not. They reside in a button tin with other subject matter that has been seen on this blog, like glass buttons, an incised ball bearing, a small snap fastener and other sewing doo-dads. Occasionally an old button is used for some special sewing project. No one that has such a button as these on their night-shirt (of which I have half a dozen all with nice buttons some probably from this very tin, made of linen, cotton-linen, and even a cotton-raw silk mix, I think – aren’t I lucky?) would ever notice the tiny saw teeth marks on the margins of the button where it was cut out of the larger shell. The colour and textures of this shell, especially so close, looks very much like it could be bone, but that is just a trick to the eye. And, actually, I am not sure if these are technically buttons as the holes are off centre near one edge only so they may have been more decorative items of some type.
My switch to flowers and totem poles in the middle of this series of extreme macro shots may have been confusing to you, but I needed a break, the flowers are in season and the pole caught my eye while out looking at flowers. I am back to these macro shots briefly as I have nearly used them up. Then on to who knows what.
Canon 5Dii, Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens, ISO100, f-8, 1/4 second (top two) and 1/13th second (bottom)
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