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Macro Photography

Unread post by clever dog » Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:29 am

I know this topic has been discussed here and there on this Forum, but no post specific to this subject.

No doubt macro photography is a very powerful tool, but also very difficult at times even with the right equipment.

Here is an article on MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY with some very nice photos as well.

Let's see some more of our members' shots!

I'll start with a few...

Image Nice spider from Satara area!

Image Here from a different angle.

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Unread post by cerinthe » Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:55 am

Good pics clever dog. I have a DOF problem with macro photos, maybe it is my lens? I don't have digital yet and I'm still into analog Nikon F70 and my macro lens is a Sigma 105mm. Any ideas how to solve it?

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Unread post by francoisd » Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:28 pm

Here are samples of some of the photos I've taken so far using the macro function on my camera.

The spiders around here do not like to pose for photographs so it is difficult to get nice shots such as those of clever dog's :lol:
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Unread post by cerinthe » Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:29 pm

Ok, I hope I get this right, I'm not used to this forum stuff. http://www.flickr.com/photos/68345974@N00/
I don't have a scanner and got this scanned here and there :lol: Only the millipede assasins were taken in SA, I hope that's alright?

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Unread post by bert » Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:42 pm

Hi
Saw the kikkerdril
Doesnt look very sharp and clear focus

Did you use a tripod or beanbag :?:
To get a clear and sharp shot a lot has to do with a rocksteady
camera.

And what aperature did y use :?:
Say at f4 y would only have a tiny bit sharp
To get a lot of kikkerdril sharp at least f16

The further away from a subject with a macrolens gives more
sharp coverage . This is talking about centimeters btw.
The sigma 105 is a very good lens. That should not be the
problem

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Unread post by cerinthe » Tue Jun 21, 2005 6:04 pm

Bert, I used a beanbag and it could be that I had a aperture of F4. I didn't write it down what I was doing. I should have experienced more with distance and apertures. I didn't think about it then :redface:
The slides look sharper than the scanned pics.

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Unread post by Loams » Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:10 pm

I think your picture of kikkerdril would have been awesome if it came out better. You must definately try that angle again.
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Unread post by cerinthe » Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:45 pm

You must definately try that angle again

I'll do it next year. :) My son always have loads in his fishpond.

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Unread post by katydownunder » Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:07 pm

I always try to get some interesting pics with the macro function of my camera,sometimes I get some nice results sometimes not, but it is always fun to try :wink:

Here are some examples of my pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/katydownunder/sets/491967/

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Unread post by Meg » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:27 am

It's been ages since I had time to write an article so I think I'll break back in with something not-to-technical.

Photographing the little things in the SANParks is a unique challenge, mainly due to being vehicle bound. Getting up close and personal can be next to impossible, and often a telephoto is needed for that "macro" shot rather than a 1:1 macro lens (in which case it isn't really a true macro ;) ).

This is one of the few times when it also pays for the photographer to be the vehicle driver. There's nothing more frustrating for an innocent non-photog driver than having the passenger behaving like a back seat driver. Trying to get the car into the perfect position to photograph a dung beetle before it scuttles off into the grass when you can't actually see it is near impossible. Not to mention the high fatality risk for the dung beetle.

Back to the lenses for another rule turned on it's head. I have a pretty horrible Sigma 70-300mm lens, which doubles up as a "macro" lens from 200mm-300mm. Horrible it may be, but it's perfect in such situations. Imagine a hot sand road in KNP with loads of little butterflies flitting about it, mercilessly teasing the carbound photographer. Instead of breaking the rules (tempting as this may be) and ending up in a lions belly, the telephoto lens allows you to rest your camera on a support on the window sill and capture the tricksy little lepidoptera's image before it realises what has happened.

Good support is essential for these types of shots - and I don't mean from other humans sharing your vehicle, although that is helpful too. Some people swear by beanbags, others by window tripods. I've not tried one of the beanbags with a tripod screw yet, but do find that homemade ones are very effective. If you are on a tight budget and don't have any of these luxuries, grabbing a pillow from your tent before heading out in the morning can save you much heartache and nab you a crisp shot of a tortoise eye just before it retreats back into it's shell.

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Unread post by bucky » Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:47 pm

Nice article Meg .

I have the sigma 70-300 with the semi macro facility also .
However I took the normal 1 back after rubbish clarity , and traded it in for the apo version for R800 more , what a difference .
Its still slowish and noisy , but makes pretty nice macro shots , and I would consider it an ideal "jack of all trades , master of none" lens .

Great for bush walks etc .

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Unread post by DuQues » Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:22 pm

Maybe a nice thing to consider, especially for walks: the Canon 500D (not the EOS 500D, that's a future camera).

This is a close-up lens which you screw onto your favorite lens, just like an UV-filter. A closeup filter basically brings down the minimum focus distance of a lens. You can buy it in several sizes, mine is a 77mm to fit the 100-400, and I can focus to something like 40cm from the front of my lens.

It does not cost you any stops, and Nikonians: It will fit your lens as well!
And the nicest thing is of course that you can run around with your normal lens and take all your normal photo's. Than you see something you want to shoot from real close, just take the lens out, screw it on, and ready! No chance of dust getting on your sensor at all! And it weighs only little bit.

A nice link. (The 500D coupled to a Nikon 70-200 VR.)
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Unread post by Boulder » Sat Nov 04, 2006 8:50 pm

I would still prefer to use a dedicated Macro lens ie Tamron 90mm or the new Nikon 105 micro
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:30 pm

Macro has always been one of my favorites and try to do my best with the basic lens I have. I love flowers and any occasion is a good one.

Here's a sample
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Re: Macro Photography

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:03 pm

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...
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