Multiple dates available, held in Barrie, ON for CAD$145: http://www.donkom.ca/product/macro-photography-workshops/
(In US Dollars, that's roughly $108)
I made this image this evening in preparation for a water droplet refraction workshop tomorrow afternoon on the 25th. Using some fairly simple ingredients including a dandelion seed, spray bottle and Gerbera Daisy, something magical happens. You need to put the puzzle pieces together in the right way, and that’s what the workshop is designed around. You even get an essential piece of equipment to take home with you at the end of the workshop: a third hand tool. Very hard to do this kind of work without one!
This image was shot with an old (circa 1978) Canon 35mm F/2.8 macrophoto lens attached to an equally-vintage set of bellows adapted to my modern DSLR. The magnifications these old lenses can achieve is fantastic – this image isn’t cropped at all! Simple equipment can yield great results if you know how the puzzle pieces fit together.
I have boxes of various wildflower seeds that I collect in the fall and they really work well for refractions because they made tons of spherical water droplets. Bluegrass and eucalyptus also work well, so do spider webs and many other things!
Welcome to the world of abstract photography. It doesn’t really matter that it’s a Gerbera Daisy seen through a Dandelion seed, it’s an exploration of lines and shapes. If I used focus stacking techniques maybe you’d see more in of the droplets in focus, but for illustration purposes this is a single shot out of camera with editing to enhance contrast and colour.
Once you understand the fundamentals of the technique, you’re limited only by your creative ideas for how to apply it! I’ve got macro equipment, flashes, flashlights, etc. here in studio to help those that think they might be missing a key piece of gear. Even if you don’t have a macro lens I can show you how to make an image like this!
Ask anyone who has attended these workshops from me and they’ll say they had a great time and learned a lot! http://www.donkom.ca/product/macro-photography-workshops/