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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:39 pm

DuQues wrote:Yummy! (those are the edible chestnuts, quite nice as they are, and great when roasted.)

Macro photography is super! And the nice thing is that on a rainy day you don't even have to go outside...
A (dead or not) fly near the window will give you heaps of fun, and good practice with the camera.

I use a canon 500D (not to be confused with the Canon EOS 500D) close-up lens, and no matter where I am, it always gives me things to photograph... Not quite a macrolens, but very handy to take with..
Now to find the links to the photos of a rainspider I made, showing her beauty...


I find there is another world we can discover with any macri lens and I enjoy looking for the small, and at times unsignificant for others, tiny things.
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These are my fantastic three easter eggs (common blackbird) hatching in my garden.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Mike1916 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:39 pm

I'm not sure if these fit here but here goes any way!

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I have just recently discovered how much i actually love macro photography and these two are not good but i have to start somewhere! :D

Any Advice in order to help me improve my photography will be really helpful! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:56 pm

Well Mike1916 I'd say you are on the right road. Superb colours and focusing. My compliments.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by richardharris » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:56 pm

In my recent trip report I posted quite a few macro shots. For the first time I have been using the 500D add-on lens as recommended by DQ and quite please with the results. Using it on a 70-200F4IS. Saves having to take a specific macro lens.

Main problem with insect photography is that insects move! Even flowers are a problem outdoors, with wind movement a real nuisance.

Professional photographs are often 'faked' - ie set up indoors, sometimes sedating insects (cold, CO2 etc can be used), heavy tripods and focussing heads. Totally practical of course when flying into the Kruger!!! NOT!

So what are the problems, assuming you are in the Kruger (or other similar environment). Movement, focus and depth of field are the main ones - so not much to worry about! Scaring insects is another.

Movement - need a fast shutter speed or flash. Depth of field requires small apertures (F13 or smaller) unless you deliberately want to narrow the field of view. Again flash can be the answer - lots of light. But ordinary flashes not always the answer. Very close focussing and the flash can be obstructed from the object by the camera and lens. I use a ring flash, but you can use any flash off camera - but that requires yet another pair of hands.

Focus is another real challenge in the real world. Even doing the above with F16, the depth of field is still tiny when taking real macro shots. Hand holding (usually the only practical way) requires very steady hands and a huge element of luck. Take several shots! I am still not sure if autofocus is best, or manual focus by gently moving the camera to and from the object.

Think very carefully about what you want in focus. If you are having to take a picture of a 'long' insect at an angle, only part of it may be in focus. This may be unavoidable - so try to get the most important bit in focus. But if you can try to be perpendicular to the object so as much as possible will be in focus.

You can see this problems in several of my shots!

Lastly, insects usually don't like a lens just a centimeter or two from them and will run or fly away. Longer lenses (I use the zoom on 200) mean you are further away - though possibly less depth of field. Not sure about that!

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by bert » Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:16 pm

I did a lot of macro photographing insects.
But almost all insects get active when the sun is up
Especially butterflies and dragonflies.
Best is to take images of them just after the sun is up.
The need to warm before flying of

Also tried my hand at them during the afternoon.
Ran myself silly with no good result.

And as Duco said.
With greyish weather plants and flower are always nice to do

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:57 am

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Even simple rain drops can make me happy!
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Mike1916 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:08 am

:clap: :clap: great stuff
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:26 am

Mike1916 wrote::clap: :clap: great stuff


Thanks Mike
I've been doing a lot of flowers but want to start with insects and hope to be able to get myself a decent macro lens soon.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Mike1916 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:28 am

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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:33 pm

I have already posted these pic's in the "Wildlife in your garden" topic but thought I'd post them again considering the three eggs have now hatched.


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Difficult to take these pictures and had to shot holding the camera high above my head.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Mike1916 » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:11 pm

:clap: :clap: Rumuruti :clap: :clap:
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Betelgeuse » Sat May 30, 2009 10:36 pm

This is such a 8) thread - g8 pics you guys!

:hmz: on the discussion point of not having the luxury of a studio for macro photography...I guess that we'll have greater satisfaction when producing good photographs. :wink:

So I found this little guy (approximate length 30mm) in my home and found a glass jar to put him in. Armed with a Canon 350D, 70-210mm lens & a nr.3 close up set "lens" (that my friend lend me), I ventured a few shots & this is how two of them turned out (no post processing done except to convert RAW to JPEG images):
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Please note that the photographs were taken mainly for identification purpose, but I experimented later on with different angles, depth of field etc. The orange turned out a freakish neon colour?! Any suggestions?
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by normana53 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:48 am

I really like macro shots of flowers and insects. These were taken in my backyard

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Red Dragonfly - I couldn't get as close as I wanted, he kept flying off.
These were taken with my little D40 Nikon.
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Mike1916 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:38 am

Really Nice work on those two normana53 :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:45 am

Betelgeuse , nice Painted Reed Frog!!! :thumbs_up:
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