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Lens: 55mm takumar f/1.8 Camera: k20 Photo Location: my back yard 
Posted By: ga-hing, 08-04-2010, 04:14 PM

Playing around with extension tubes in the back yard with a 55mm takumar f/1.8 .

I just started dabbling in macro stuff with some recently acquired extension tubes. Waiting for the wind to stop moving my subjects really tests my patience

I'd tell you the names of the flowers if I knew them...

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08-04-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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I like them, they seem to have a "dreamy" look to most of them.
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These are nice for just testing/playing around with extension tubes. Dreamy indeed.

I just started early this year with macro myself, but yes wind or any vibration can hurt your capture, test your patience and be frustrating. Some folks get hooked and others get disappointed with macro. It really is about being patient.

One thing you might try is taking a few macros of common inanimate objects. I don't know something like a fork at an angle, a match or something relatively small that does not move. This allows one to learn about DOF and the particulars of the lens you are using, about the close distances one has to deal with, and how light is so important (hinting at flash here). Anyways, at least that's what I first did, and it has helped me immensely.
Good luck, with your macros.
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Very nice shots, the bokeh is nice to

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soft, but very nice. i like them.
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My favorite is your photo at lower left.
I hope to see more of your work.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jimH Quote
I like them, they seem to have a "dreamy" look to most of them.
Thanks, I was aiming for that. I'm pretty sure they were all shot wide open.

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These are nice for just testing/playing around with extension tubes. Dreamy indeed.

I just started early this year with macro myself, but yes wind or any vibration can hurt your capture, test your patience and be frustrating. Some folks get hooked and others get disappointed with macro. It really is about being patient.

One thing you might try is taking a few macros of common inanimate objects. I don't know something like a fork at an angle, a match or something relatively small that does not move. This allows one to learn about DOF and the particulars of the lens you are using, about the close distances one has to deal with, and how light is so important (hinting at flash here). Anyways, at least that's what I first did, and it has helped me immensely.
Good luck, with your macros.
Thanks for the tip, I was just looking through the viewfinder doing that with an inanimate object, the depth of field is so shallow!

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Very nice shots, the bokeh is nice to
Thanks!

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My favorite is your photo at lower left.
I hope to see more of your work.
Heh, thanks that's a nice comment to read
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Excellent shots, I really like the orange third shot and the fourth one, which has a magical mood!

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