Whatizit?

Periodically I will change the featured photograph of this post and ask viewers to guess what it is – please use the Comment form below or the Contact Us form to submit your guess. Later the image and the answer will be added to the post and the photo gallery.

Prior Whatizit? Photographs

1/7/24 – Sawtooth Oak Acorn Cap
12/10/23 – Mold on the inside of a peanut butter jar lid
11/11/23 – Ice Cube
10/18/23 – Orange Slice
9/9/23 – Candy Box Tray
8/3/23 – Cutco Serrated Knife Blade
7/3/23 – Osage Orange

Please click the gallery below to view the prior Whatizit? photographs and details about the images.

Technical Information

In addition to the camera, lens, and exposure information, I have included a brief description of each subject and how each photograph was taken.

Acorn Cap

This image is the cap of an acorn from a Sawtooth Oak that Beverly found on JMU’s campus; it was made from 12 separate photographs: there were three photos taken at different exposures to create HDR images for each of four focus locations using Aurora HDR. The HDR images were then focus stacked with Helicon Focus. Please see the Definitions, Software, & Apps page for additional information about these techniques. The gallery above also shows an acorn with its cap taken from a tree.

Mold

This image is mold on the inside of a peanut butter jar lid that Beverly was using to store fat from cooking prior to disposal. This image was made from 10 separate images focused at different points and focus stacked with Helicon Focus. Please see the Definitions, Software, & Apps page for additional information about this technique.

The gallery above also shows a photograph of the setup I used to take the photograph. I used two LED light panels with orange filters; the white panel over the LED light panels was used to minimize and diffuse the overhead while light.

  • Date: 3/25/2023
  • Camera: Canon EOS 77D
  • Lens: Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
  • Settings:
    • Lens: 105mm, f/8
    • ISO: 400
    • Shutter: 1/100 sec
  • Cropped image is 4876 x 3251 px

Ice Cube

The Ice Cube photograph shows air bubbles and other imperfections within an ice cube. This image was made from four separate images focused at different points and focus stacked with Helicon Focus. Please see the Definitions, Software, & Apps page for additional information about this technique.

The gallery above also shows a photograph of the setup I used to take the photograph. I used a blue LED light panel below a glass table with an opaque sheet as a diffuser with the ice cube held between two popsicle sticks on another clear table above the diffuser.

  • Date: 2/12/2023
  • Camera: Canon EOS 77D
  • Lens: Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
  • Settings:
    • Lens: 105mm, f/11
    • ISO: 800
    • Shutter: 1/20 sec
  • Cropped image is 5139 x 3428 px

Orange Slice

The Orange Slice photograph was made from five separate images focused at different points and focus stacked with Helicon Focus. Please see the Definitions, Software, & Apps page for additional information about this technique.

  • Date: 1/12/2023
  • Camera: Canon EOS 77D
  • Lens: Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
  • Settings:
    • Lens: 105mm, f/8
    • ISO: 400
    • Shutter: 1/30 sec
  • Cropped image is 4150 x 2767 px

Candy Box Tray

The Candy Box Tray photograph was made from four separate images focused at different points and focus stacked with Helicon Focus. The foreground and background were then removed using Photoshop to give the appearance of the tray floating in mid-air. Please see the Definitions, Software, & Apps page for additional information about this technique.

The gallery above also shows a photograph of the original candy tray.

  • Date: 1/12/2023
  • Camera: Canon EOS 77D
  • Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Settings:
    • Lens: 31mm, f/8
    • ISO: 200
    • Shutter: 1/15 sec
  • Uncropped image is 6000 x 4000 px

Cutco Serrated Knife Blade

The Serrated Knife Blade photograph was made from two separate images focused at different points and focus stacked with Helicon Focus.

Please see the Definitions, Software, & Apps page for additional information about this technique.

  • Date: 8/1/2021
  • Camera: Canon EOS 77D
  • Lens: Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro plus Sigma 1.4 Teleconverter
  • Settings:
    • Lens: 147mm, f/8
    • ISO: 100
    • Shutter: 1/6 sec
  • Cropped image is 4495 x 2997 px

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