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Posted By: sajmmiller, 01-30-2008, 10:17 AM

Using the macro function on the Tamron 70-300 LD Di Macro, a tripod, my old Vivitar RL 2850 flash, an LED flashlight, dripping water, and some brightly colored dishes in the kitchen sink, I came up with the following shots:













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Wow, they are great. Great colour and contrast and sharpness. I tried something like this once but failed miserably, you have done a great job
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Nice use of water colors and good timing did you use a flash ? Neat shots.
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These are just dandy! Dig all the colors and the well-timed shots!

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i love these type of pics

do you use burst shots or just time it yourself and hope for the best?
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Very nice. Rich colour and beautiful fluid dynamic!
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Wow!... how many shot did you waste making this?

GREAT pictures!

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wow! those are beautiful! I tried doing those shots but I could never get the timing right
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those are great shots. the 4th one is my favorite. nicely done!
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Pretty neat!!!

These are great shots... the detail is amazing!!!

Do you use your 70-300 alot on Macro? I have been looking at this lens and these shots are convincing me it would be a good buy...

thanks for sharin.. Kim
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QuoteOriginally posted by thomasjmpark Quote
Wow, they are great. Great colour and contrast and sharpness. I tried something like this once but failed miserably, you have done a great job
Much appreciated Tom. I guess persistence paid off, because my first attempts were pretty bad.

QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
Nice use of water colors and good timing did you use a flash ? Neat shots.
Hi Dave,
Yes I used an old Vivitar flash, in manual full power mode, left over from my ME Super days. Thanks for your comment.

QuoteOriginally posted by hamidlmt Quote
These are just dandy! Dig all the colors and the well-timed shots!
Thanks Hamid!

QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
i love these type of pics

do you use burst shots or just time it yourself and hope for the best?
Thanks Gooshin. These were all single frame, no burst. I used my wireless remote and watched carefully for the drip to release from the faucet, and then tried to press the remote button at the right instant. It got easier to time with some practice. Also, I had quite a few miss-timed throw-aways.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Very nice. Rich colour and beautiful fluid dynamic!
Thank you Roentarre!

QuoteOriginally posted by bymy141 Quote
Wow!... how many shot did you waste making this?

GREAT pictures!

- Bert
Bert,
I wasted lots (hundreds), especially at first. These are the result of multiple attempts on different days. It took a while to refine my setup and get the timing right. My hit rate improved dramatically during the last attempt. I started with the built-in flash which just didn't work well due to underexposures caused by reflections. Once I switched to my old manual flash, things started improving.

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wow! those are beautiful! I tried doing those shots but I could never get the timing right
Thank you Quickpix. I think it really just takes practice. Being able to concentrate on the faucet drip while tripping the shutter remotely helped too.

QuoteOriginally posted by khardur Quote
those are great shots. the 4th one is my favorite. nicely done!
Much appreciated Dan!

QuoteOriginally posted by mtnbearhug Quote
These are great shots... the detail is amazing!!!

Do you use your 70-300 alot on Macro? I have been looking at this lens and these shots are convincing me it would be a good buy...

thanks for sharin.. Kim
Hey Kim!
Thanks for commenting. The Tamron 70-300 is the closest thing I have to a real macro lens. I haven't had it too long, so I'm still learning to use it, thus I don't have many other macro shots with it yet. So far, I'm pretty happy with it. I started out taking these water droplet shots with the DA 50-200, but switched to the Tamron and didn't look back. The Tamron seemed to give me less lens flare, more magnification, and was a little sharper than the DA 50-200 under these circumstances. Here's the link to a different type of macro recently taken with the Tamron 70-300:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/gallery/images/3346/1_Wimgp1019sc54.jpg
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