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My 1st macro phtography
Posted By: ts357, 12-20-2014, 05:15 AM

Hi All,

just wanted to know what you think about these two images.

Taken with a K-5iis, reversal ring with Pentax-m 75-150 f4 Lens.

as i am in no way a pro, just got back to photography two weeks ago, would love to know how i can improve...

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12-20-2014, 05:23 AM   #2
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Nicely done, what do you use for lighting?
12-20-2014, 05:26 AM   #3
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Nicely done, what do you use for lighting?
Sunlight....
i do not have a flash yet
12-20-2014, 05:49 AM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by ts357 Quote
Sunlight....
i do not have a flash yet
Like I said, nice work, and even better for using natural lighting.

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Nice work! I have that lens and haven't tried it reversed, but I'm not surprised to see it does well. You might be surprised at the quality of light you can get for macro with just the pop-up flash and a diffuser. This one is cheap and works well, and packs very small:

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Nice work! I have that lens and haven't tried it reversed, but I'm not surprised to see it does well. You might be surprised at the quality of light you can get for macro with just the pop-up flash and a diffuser. This one is cheap and works well, and packs very small:

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Thanks for the info,
i couldn't find the interfit difuser you recommended, so i ordered this one.
3 x Strap 3 Color Pop Up Flash Diffuser for Canon Nikon Pentax D5100 D90 HK | eBay
for 2$ its worth a try...
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QuoteOriginally posted by ts357 Quote
i couldn't find the interfit difuser you recommended, so i ordered this one.
As you say, worth a try. The question will be whether it sits far forward enough that the lens doesn't shadow it when you are shooting macro. The key to attractively diffused light is that the light source is large, from the point of view of the subject. The closer you can get the diffuser to the subject, the larger it becomes in that sense. That's why mounting something on the end of the lens works so well for reversed-lens macro, where the working distance is very short.
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You should have told the spider to wear a different outfit because he blended in to his surroundings too much. Just kidding...I like the photos a lot.


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the spider is excellent.

Btw, you don't 'need' a diffusor. In a pinch I had some good results with tissue paper...
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the spider is excellent.

Btw, you don't 'need' a diffusor. In a pinch I had some good results with tissue paper...
I was also thinking of using a milk jug.
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I was also thinking of using a milk jug.
Done that. Works quite well, although I haven't found a plastic that is color neutral.
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First picture : 1/200 - ISO 200
Second Picture : ISO 100 - 1/6
And your running the lens reversed :
You have chosen a hard road ..


Advice : Spin the lens around , buy a few close up filters .. 150mm Lens , a +2 , +3 and a +4 to start with ..
Run at least F16 , use a flash if you need to Maintain Aperture and Shutter speed ..


https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/12-post-your-photos/244609-macro-pentax-kit-lens-k200d.html


https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/12-post-your-photos/244639-macro-two-more...-kit-lens.html


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Done that. Works quite well, although I haven't found a plastic that is color neutral.
I use an opaque yoghurt container, with a cut out at the front for the sensor. Seems to work well.
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I use an opaque yoghurt container, with a cut out at the front for the sensor. Seems to work well.
Yes, I agree such plastics tend to work well; they just tend to give a yellow or orange color cast, in my experience.
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