Author: marlonv

The Weekend Expert

There is nothing as comforting and inspiring as seeing a person so dedicated and devoted to his work, that their passion overflows into you. It does not matter whether you're a professional carpenter or a weekend-engineer, if you love what you're doing, it is going to lead to something. Since I am woefully working in ... ... READ the rest

Macro Softies – A Self Discovery

There are some things in life for which recipes work amazingly well. Cooking from a cook-book, assembling a gearbox from an exploded-view diagram and mixing dangerous chemical substances, in volatile environments - to end up with (drum roll) common household cleaner. For photography, music and speeches, the written word is a guideline that could, and ... ... READ the rest

Which settings to use for macro? Your own.

I have been 'trying' my hand at macro-photography for years, and as with most things, you get on-days and you get off-days. I had some great results from barely-acceptable lenses with a Raynox DCR-250 on, other times I could not get anything past my critics (friends...) for months. I had setups consisting of tripods and ... ... READ the rest

Washing the background with f/1.4 and accidental light

During a trip to Harold Porter botanical gardens today, I decided to try out some specific things that have been nagging me for a while. I am very lucky and happy to own a Sigma 30mm 1.4 Art lens, and it's been a joy to use, it is well built, heavy and solid, it focuses ... ... READ the rest