November seems to be a good month for shooting frost and dew. This year was no exception. A few weeks ago we had the fortunate combination of freezing temperatures and moisture that yielded several mornings with picturesque frost. After walking the dogs I headed back out with the camera and tripod and set to looking for photogenic leaves.
Even at such small apertures, the depth of field at these magnifications is razor-thin, so it’s difficult to get as much in focus as you’d like. Focus-stacking is a great technique for countering this, but it can be labor intensive.
Of course a tripod is essential, but it needs to be one that gets very low to the ground. I use an Induro carbon-fiber unit with a short center column that only extends about 6 inches below. The standard center column is far too long to be useful for me because even at eye-level I don’t want to extend it too far above the body of the tripod. It just gets too unstable.
Looks like December here in northwestern Missouri may be relatively mild. Bring on the frosty mornings!