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Some Macro plants with extension tubes.
Lens: Super-Tak 55/1.8 Camera: K-50 Photo Location: Golden, BC ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F16 
Posted By: bertwert, 06-25-2016, 04:07 PM

Using some extension tubes with my Super-Tak to get me some good macro photos.
All at ISO 100 with 1/180 SS and F16 using the built in flash in M mode.
I noticed that these would be a LOT easier to get photos of with a macro rail.









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Nice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
I noticed that these would be a LOT easier to get photos of with a macro rail.

Very good images bertwert. # 1 and # 3 are my personal favorites. Once you get hooked on macro, you start to look at the world very differently. I see in your future the purchase of that macro rail !!!
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Nice.
QuoteOriginally posted by pjv Quote
Very good images bertwert. # 1 and # 3 are my personal favorites. Once you get hooked on macro, you start to look at the world very differently. I see in your future the purchase of that macro rail !!!
Thanks!

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Very good.
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Noooooo......You did NOT Do That....Again !


Glad to hear that everything seems ok anyway.
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Very good.
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Noooooo......You did NOT Do That....Again !
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Thanks!

Wrong thread?
Ooops......sorry.

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Lots of lovely detail. Good job.
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There, now who was saying they didn't think they could do macro photography? You've got a good start there, keep it up! One thing I would recommend is a flash diffuser. That's one thing that will really make a difference in the quality of light for your macro work. It doesn't have to be anything special, I've used all sorts of things! A paper plate, a white plastic bowl, and sheet of paper, even a Kleenex in a pinch!
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One thing I would recommend is a flash diffuser
Yes I tried a bit of wax paper but that didn't work, maybe Ill use just normal paper?
That and a macro rail should help my results, I think?
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Well done Bert! Glad to see you posting these nice images!
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Well done Bert! Glad to see you posting these nice images!
Thanks csa!
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There is such a basic elegance to tubing!

Manual flash at such close distances is tricky; nice job for a first attempt. I like the images where there is still some background lighted, as the black background flash macro shots always strike me as artificial looking.

Did you try some shots with natural light since it is a relatively fast lens? That would of course mean having to decide what most needed to be in the narrower area of focus with a bigger aperture, but the bokeh in the out of focus areas could be richer.

Another impromptu flash diffuser is the white handkerchief, a layer of which could be draped over the flash, or it could be held off camera to the side, or draped over something to the side, to provide a diffuse reflector of the light from the flash.
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Another impromptu flash diffuser is the white handkerchief, a layer of which could be draped over the flash, or it could be held off camera to the side, or draped over something to the side, to provide a diffuse reflector of the light from the flash.
Good idea! Much better than a Kleenex! Problem is, I carry a red handkerchief with me!
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