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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Raptor142 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:47 pm

....and while I was browsing through my uncatalogued archives I found these as well

Note the tendency to miss the focus point on the locust face...

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... and this one might look a bit fuzzed but it's just the antenna closest to the lens that makes it look that way ...
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Raptor142 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:00 pm

Don't worry about the first pic - just an arbitrary mushroom shot ...

RUMURUTI wrote:Second pic, never seen such a thing. Which lens were you using??
Third pic, tell me where you found those mushrooms and I'll be there in no time!!!!!


2nd and 3rd pic's are of the same mushroom at Pretoriuskop taken with my Fuji Finepix S5700 - I put it in to show one of the times that I didn't quite meet the challenge of the lighting .... here's another view

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:17 pm

I see you're facing one of the standard focusing problems with insects.
With Macro/Micro you're depth of field is very limited, maybe 1-1,5 cm, and this creates problems with those lovely insects with antennas. The only thing you can try and do is increase your f stop and get some extra depth of field.

Look at this shot, depth of field was probably about 4-5 mm and I missed out on the antennas and also on other parts of the newly born butterfly. Was at f/16 but could have gone further as it was very still.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:22 pm

:clap: :clap: I definetely have to get a Macro lense!!!
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:06 am

Again amazing shots everybody..... :clap:

I have found a new place to play with my macro lens....the beach !!!
To be exact Buffels Bay in Cape Point....

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Again I was amazed at what I saw through my lens..... :D

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby bert » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:15 am

:thumbs_up:

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:21 am

Thx bert :D

Again. my macro has given me a closer look at the smallest of creatures !!!! :D

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Dupacc » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:37 am

My effort. I have a lot to learn !

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:17 am

:thumbs_up: lovely Dupacc.
Great photo of the dragonfly....I never seem to be able to catch them... :twisted:
Love the water droplets on the rose photo !!! :D

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby granjan » Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:06 pm

My SO has offered to buy me a macro lens for Christmas and is willing to fund a canon 100mm f2.8fL IS USM lens. Has anyone experience of this? It's very expensive and I wonder if it is worth the extra cash, more than £250, compared with the 100mm f2.8 USM. I'm a novice photographer, have a canon 500d and am really interested in macro. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:19 am

Hi Granjan,

I have no experience of the two lenses you are asking about, but I do know that you are paying the price for the big difference in quality if you go for the more expensive of the two options, you will see a big difference between the two, but when cost comes into the equation, it all depends on how serious you are with your photos. Personally, I've found that the cheaper lenses, which were in my price bracket at the time, fall a bit short of what I was hoping for, and eventually, I've opted for the better lens in the end and therefore probably spent more than I would have done in the first place. It all boils down to what you want from your photos and how you are going to use them in future. In a perfect world, go for the most expensive if you are serious about your pics. If not, go for the cheaper of the two and just enjoy your photo opportunities as and when they appear.

When it comes to lenses, the more glass you have, the better, but theres no point paying the price for it if you are only taking snapshots.

Having said that, if it's a gift, go for it :lol:

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby granjan » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:18 pm

Thanks Barcud,
Those were my thoughts too and it is something I really want to get better at so I think I'll impose on SO's generosity and go for it.
Now what can I give him for Christmas.........

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Caracal » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:22 pm

granjan wrote:Thanks Barcud,
Those were my thoughts too and it is something I really want to get better at so I think I'll impose on SO's generosity and go for it.
Now what can I give him for Christmas.........



....a beautiful canvas print of one of your macro photos !!!!! :D :D

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby granjan » Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:13 pm

Have to practise a bit first. Maybe next year's present!

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:15 pm

This is my first attempt at Macro, though it was not taken using the macro facility on my Fuji HS10.
I haven't learnt how to do that yet!!!
This was just taken with the zoom lens out at full.
It was taken from the bird hide at Lake Panic.

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I realise that is is really just a close up, not macro photography, but for a first attempt I thought it wasn't too bad!!
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