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Lens: Panagor 90mm F2.8 PMC auto macro Camera: K20d Photo Location: backyard Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Rense, 07-22-2010, 04:08 AM

Most of my macro photos are made with my DIY flash diffuser, I wrote about that in one of my earlier posts. However, I love the ones without flash better, because the background in macros with natural light is so much better! Yesterday and this morning I did some exercises with my Panagor 90mm without flash, and these are some of the results. The bee is shot at f/6.7 or soand ISO200, the hoverfly at f/5.6 and ISO400. Please, let me know what you think!

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You nailed the focus perfectly in #2 - well done Rense.
Beautiful complementary backgrounds with smooth bokeh.
Nicely done.
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Great series. I really like the second shot. It is really well balanced and I like the background. Thanks for sharing as always.
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Please, let me know what you think!
1: looks soft and noisy.... motion blur the culprit or just super small DOF?

2: sharpest, but DOF is to small.

3: Soft... appears to be motion blur?

4: seems slightly soft also.... again motion blur and/or small DOF?

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I like them all, don't ask me to pick a favorite. You nailed the focus on the honey bee's head pretty well. Nice shots, they all look good.

As for the comments above, I'm going to say it's DOF every time. DOF especially in the honey bee shot is almost nil, it looks like. A lot of my shots are like that, shooting a foot away at f 4 the DOF is maybe a half inch. This looks like the same or less.
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Hi Rense.Very nice photos as usual but if I had to pick how I like your macro work I would say that the ones that you take with the flash in my opinion really stand out.That's just my opinion but what do i know --I'm PolishBTW--Nice B&W shot that you entered in my contest.---Charliezap
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WOW! That's all I have to say! JIM
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paleo Pete Quote
I like them all, don't ask me to pick a favorite. You nailed the focus on the honey bee's head pretty well. Nice shots, they all look good.

As for the comments above, I'm going to say it's DOF every time. DOF especially in the honey bee shot is almost nil, it looks like. A lot of my shots are like that, shooting a foot away at f 4 the DOF is maybe a half inch. This looks like the same or less.
Pete - if you get 1/2" I'd be amazed !! Much less than that I would think.

Rense - beautiful shots. Personally whenever possible I also prefer 'natural shots' without flash but in macro that's not very often. Superb bokeh.

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I love the colors. Very good series.
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I like them a lot! The narrow DOF and that subtle light make these more than just naturalistic biology studies!
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You nailed the focus perfectly in #2 - well done Rense.
Beautiful complementary backgrounds with smooth bokeh.
Nicely done.
Thanks Ash! I think these backgrounds are the + of these shots...

QuoteOriginally posted by miss_alexx Quote
Great series. I really like the second shot. It is really well balanced and I like the background. Thanks for sharing as always.
Thanks Miss!

QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
1: looks soft and noisy.... motion blur the culprit or just super small DOF?

2: sharpest, but DOF is to small.

3: Soft... appears to be motion blur?

4: seems slightly soft also.... again motion blur and/or small DOF?
Thank you! Most unsharpness is caused by small DOF, I believe. All are shot at f/5.6, which leaves you hardly any DOF...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paleo Pete Quote
I like them all, don't ask me to pick a favorite. You nailed the focus on the honey bee's head pretty well. Nice shots, they all look good.

As for the comments above, I'm going to say it's DOF every time. DOF especially in the honey bee shot is almost nil, it looks like. A lot of my shots are like that, shooting a foot away at f 4 the DOF is maybe a half inch. This looks like the same or less.
I think you are right on the DOF! Thanks!

QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
Hi Rense.Very nice photos as usual but if I had to pick how I like your macro work I would say that the ones that you take with the flash in my opinion really stand out.That's just my opinion but what do i know --I'm PolishBTW--Nice B&W shot that you entered in my contest.---Charliezap
Thank you Charlie!

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Thanks!
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nice series, especially the 2nd and 4 th images.

Desiring a better DOF and higher shutter speed, without flash, does not go hand in hand.

Still, the colors render without flash is beautiful, especially the oof areas.

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