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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:54 pm

Beautiful granjan,
Macro and Micro photography have always been my favourites. To satisfy my hobby I bought a Nikon 105 mm Micro f/2.8 and I'm having great fun, a few examples

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:59 pm

Ooooooooh nice ones Rumuruti....
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Went off to play with my new dinky tripod today..in some instances it worked well..in others not so well.....
Cannot keep up with a bee if camera is on a tripod !!!

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:06 am

Neat Caracal! :thumbs_up:
I gave up using my tripod and monopod with macro/micro and do it all hand held and at times use my son!
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:46 am

Caracal, we have the same passion for insects and flowers and so here are a few more examples

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:33 pm

Indeed we do share the same passion Rumuruti :D

Love your last one of the flower..what is it ?

And a few more

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:25 pm

It's a beautiful flower found during autumn and it's poisonous. It's called Colchicum autumnale L., very rich of colchicine and is being studied for a cure against cancer.
Here's an opened one

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I love wild flowers and insects and love walking through our woods looking, searching for new ones

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:15 pm

WoW All those pictures are amazing :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Thank you :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby oddesy » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:50 am

Amazing pictures!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: If anything macro photography shows off the beauty of nature all around us!

I have always wanted to get a macro lens and these pics have only made me want to get it sooner :lol:
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:54 am

Hi oddesy, Macro photography makes you realise that there is a lot more around you.
After you start you end up not only looking around bushes but in and on them and it certainly changes your view of your surroundings.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:59 am

Agree with Rumuruti..one sees so much more through the macro lens. Sometimes I get such a fright though.
I stopped on the side of the road on the way to Namaqualand because I needed to have a closer look at these flowers....

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and only when I had spent about 10 mins photographing the flowers did I notice this character right next to the flower...a bit of a "Oh Sh*t" moment. :big_eyes:

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There is never a dull moment with a macro lens in your hand !!! :D

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:00 am

Thx for the info on the flower Rumuruti :thumbs_up:
Do you use flash at all with your macro photography ???

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:06 am

A lot of my pictures are taken in mountain woods and with very little sunlight coming through. I sometimes use straight flash but also use the flash and rear mirror function, this allows some of the background to show instead of having a black background. Really depends on what the background is and if I want it to show or not.

Nice creature you got there!
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:18 am

rear mirror function



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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Raptor142 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:24 am

WOW Caracal you have some great shots .... especially that Carpenter Bee :clap::clap: (how long and how many shots did that take?

Now I'm really sorry that I missed the trip to WCNP....

You seem to use flash quite often - are you white balancing for flash or do you have a daylight balanced flash gel?
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:26 am

Here are a couple of examples of pictures with and without the rear mirror function

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Picture taken with the available natural light. A bit washy for the colours and doesn't really tell me anything.

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Taken using the rear mirror function, colours are a def better and you can see some of the background but not enough to spoil your picture.

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Straight flash which gives you a black background and makes your flower stand out.

Rear mirror function: The Nikon D90 has this function which is great with macro.
Now, what happens is that you take you picture and in normal circumstances the flash shoots at the same time as your shutter > great pic with a black background. Take a picture at 60th of a second and both go at that speed!

With this function your camera first exposes your picture, including the background, and then straight after the flash shoots. You have two exposures: first is slightly before the second with a flash.

Hope I explained well enough. Not sure Canon have the same function but it really makes a difference.

I take most of my pictures in manual and play with the aperture.
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