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7 new years macro's
Posted By: little laker, 01-01-2008, 05:26 PM

I made it out for another hike today, and took mostly macro's hoping on improving my style

I call this one The Eye, of the Leaf




This one reminded me of a sleeping bag.


And this one reminded me of a sleeping bag, with something in it




this one's kinda boring.


And this one was just weird to look at.


It was rather windy making it tough, but I tried my best and am happy this time considering the conditions.
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what lens are you using?

i liked the one with the ice crystals, then i saw your note saying it was boring....

well i guess that describes me pretty well.
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Sorry craftsmansky, I should have said In my opinion it's boring

I used a Pentax-FA 50mm F2.8 Macro lens.

It was loaned to me about a week ago, and I'll probably buy it soon.

I didn't think that I'd like macro photography as much as I do.
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I like #1 and the ice crystals as well. Some of the others seem a little soft. I am sure it will be a keeper.

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Stu,
Good first effort! Macro is tough to master. I have a few tips for you if you don't mind... 1- it looks like you've oversharpened some of them. I see some halos which indicate too much USM. 2- try getting more DOF. That will show your subject more thoroughly.

Keep working on it!!

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Hey Stu,
U & me both - macro's enjoyable with a very capable lens.
#2, 5 and 6 are my faves, but like Mike said, I'd have liked more detail in focus.
Understandably in wind, it's almost impossible to stop down and get a non-blurry shot.
I'm working on that too...
Well done, mate.
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Thank you Mike, I'll keep at it.
I'm having a lot more fun with the macro lens than I thought I could, and it's perfect for when the weather is less than desirable for my usual landscapes.

And thank Dave.
I don't know how much of the softness was due to the wind Plus shooting freehand probably didn't help either.
The ice crystals picture was the only picture taken in a sheltered area.

You can bet that I'll be back there on a nicer day, and with a little luck get better pictures

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Stu, I like the first and the ice crystals as well. macros are something that really takes some practice. A tripod or support is a must as well. I don't even bother any more unless I have the tripod for such close shooting. The 50 is a great lens but you are pretty close when at 1:1 and without stopping down and the camera set up solidly, it's tough. hand held is possible but the light needs to be strong IMO.
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I'm probably going to buy the D FA 100mm F2.8.
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Wind or not, you came away with some interesting macros Stu. That is one thing that I miss with my old digicam, the ease of large dof is a real benefit in macro.
Happy New Year to you Stu!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Hey Stu,
U & me both - macro's enjoyable with a very capable lens.
#2, 5 and 6 are my faves, but like Mike said, I'd have liked more detail in focus.
Understandably in wind, it's almost impossible to stop down and get a non-blurry shot.
I'm working on that too...
Well done, mate.
Thanks Ash, sorry that I didn't notice your post earlier.
I hope that your enjoying it as much as I am

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Stu, I like the first and the ice crystals as well. macros are something that really takes some practice. A tripod or support is a must as well. I don't even bother any more unless I have the tripod for such close shooting. The 50 is a great lens but you are pretty close when at 1:1 and without stopping down and the camera set up solidly, it's tough. hand held is possible but the light needs to be strong IMO.
Thanks Peter,

I'll have to look for a tripod a little better suited for macro work.

Plus I'm thinking of talking to a welder, and seeing if he can modify one of my ski poles so it can double as a monopod while snowshoeing.

I'll probably be lugging around my heavy tripod while on a quick Alberta trip next week, since I'll be shooting with the medium format camera, however it's just too heavy for most of my hikes.
And my secondary tripod isn't stable enough for macro work.

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I'm probably going to buy the D FA 100mm F2.8.
I think that you'll love that lens tux.
I took 1 or 2 pictures through one in the summer and liked it.

The 50 that I'm using is well used, and should be a pretty good price. Otherwise I'd be looking for a 100, or even longer.
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Hey - I like the "boring" one as well. Looks like you had a fun walkabout.

Macro can be tough - I can't count the number of out of focus macro shots I have from wandering around my neighborhood!
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The crystal ball shot is my favorite too. The ice bits add a lot of interest to the shot

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That's a cool idea with the ski pole Stu. I might just have to look into something like that myself. Thanks! I was out yeasterday and used the tripod a bit (Manfrotto 190 w/Kirk head) and even though it's light and I can throw it over my shoulder, when snowshoeing, weight is everything. Plus the tripod doesn't work too well when it sinks 30-40 cms in the snow!

If you can find one of the more recent versions of this tripod, it's got a reversable center column for low ground shooting. More than stable enough for macro shooting. As for the 50mm, I still have that lens and kept it even after my recent lens sell off. A great lens and probably one of the sharpest I've used (right up there with the A*85MM) and beautiful bokeh.
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Nice work. One thing I miss is not having a macro lens.

The first shot instantly reminded me of a Frilled-Neck Lizard:
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