sun. To reduce contrast and provide more even
lighting, a mirror was angled at 450 to the side of the
plant where it would reflect sunlight back onto the
flower. A cardboard tube 4 in. long and 2 in. in
diameter used as a lens shade minimized possible flare
from the two light sources. A black sheet about 5 ft.
behind the subject provided a plain background which
wouldn’t distract from the flower. Nikkormat EL, 105mm
f/4 Micro Nikkor, bellows fully extended (1 92mm),
exposure: 2 sec., f/32, Kodachrome 25 film. Mirror
locked up, camera on tripod, lens focused to 19.7 in.
(.5 in), magnification 2.3X.
plant and its flower into a single plane of focus, the
camera was placed on a tripod above and at about a
450 angle to the cactus. Morning sunlight was reflected
off a 6-ft. white sheet stretched behind the camera. A
black cardboard baffle directly above the plant
prevented direct sun from striking the subject and
causing sharp shadows. This baffle also blocked some
of the blue light from the sky, thus producing in truer
color. Nikkormat EL, 105mm f14 Micro Nikkor, 1/2 sec. at
f/i 6, Kodachrome 25 film, mirror locked up.