It really is. The image above doesn't really show the entire photo. It is a smaller part of a larger one, making the icy world turn out even more surreal. It almost like an AI rendered photo.

The image is made from a 100 photo focus stack from of a little ice cube placed at my kitchen sink, on a glass with a rubbery black bas - partially illuminated from the above (warm orange light) kitchen light, while at the same time blue daylight is coming in from the sky outside. It turns out blue because i neutralize the warm kitchen light (3000°K) so it doesn't show any color tint - therefore daylight turns automatically blue (7500+°K) in the photo.

The micro cosmos within an ice cubes seem to be endless. Of course not all photos turn out this nice - but some of them are really like walking on different icy planets. There are so many patterns, bubbles, and shapes... turning out so fascinating. Even within one photo, that when you zoom in, you get to see so many different patterns...

It is like a journey


Olympus OM-1 & Macro lens

The Micro Four Third sensor might be a little bit on the "crammed" side, when you go into super macro mode, like with the M.Zuiko ED 90mm f 3.5 PRO lens, which in reality is a 180 mm telephoto macro lens. S0, when you do focus bracketed and stacked macro images, let's say 20, 50 or 100 photos - you see sometimes the limitation of a small sensor.

Yet, with the digital tools (programs / apps) we have today, they provide some relief in terms of decreasing or even eliminating noise, as well provide an increase sharpness in fine details. In this case I used the Topaz Gigapixel AI, which allows you to make a photo larger than it originally was - which can sometimes help to make fine details become chiseled out as you make the image smaller again. (Like i did in the photo above, it made the finest details become clearer without jaggedness / coarseness)


Olympus cameras

are marvels for macro photography ! It is fascinating how extremely fast the OM-1 takes a series of many (RAW) photos. However, most of the latest Olympus cameras can be used for that matter, regardless OM-5, Olympus EM1 Mark II, or Olympus EM1 Mark III - and they all do it pretty fast and accurately as well. So do the three macro lenses in the system; including the highly affordable small M.Zuiko ED 60mm f 2.8 - while the larger OMDS ED 90/3.5 PRO is a more specialized macro lens giving you 2x (4x) macro.

One thing i still haven't used, is the Olympus Macro Flash... it too can be use for focus bracketing / stacking many photos in macro mode, it could provide some interesting options. So far however, I have no experience of it.


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