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Posted By: SCGushue, 06-07-2007, 08:17 PM

A few of the images that I captured on an outing in the backyard today.

They only thing really in bloom is the extensive amount of chive flowers
that grow in the herb garden.















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This is too funny. I too walked around my garden...except instead of a macro lens I used a hodgepodge. This one was with the 31mm Limited and the 1.7x AF Teleconverter - what a difference!


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They only thing really in bloom is the extensive amount of chive flowers that grow in the herb garden.

Apparently they are so desperate for growth, they'll even try your hairy arm!

This picture is really gross, BTW. Well done.
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Sean,

Too funny for words.... but I'll try.

All things considered you didn't do too badly on that little metallic fly. I find them nearly impossible to photograph sharply...and I don't know why. I was shooting them all morning and never had much success. Perhaps it is that I have not shaken the rust off the photography bones and the Sigma is a lot of lens to handle. And they are really, really tiny!!

BTW, will you have a macro after yours is gone?

Take care and enjoy the festivities


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Apparently they are so desperate for growth, they'll even try your hairy arm!

This picture is really gross, BTW. Well done.
Yeah, it's kinda' gross, and it's my knee BTW , but I figured if Mike can show a sequence of killing a mosquito and having blood all over the place, this would look like a childrens party by comparison.

I cut away the flesh where he landed... and I'm feeling much cleaner now

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These are just outstanding, Stephen. And how did you take a pic of the fly while it was on your knee? You must be pretty dextrous... The rainbow-like colors on the fly's eyes is super. Which macros lens and/or setup were you using for these?

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These are just outstanding, Stephen. And how did you take a pic of the fly while it was on your knee? You must be pretty dextrous... The rainbow-like colors on the fly's eyes is super. Which macros lens and/or setup were you using for these?

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Steve,

Thank you for taking the time to provide the positive feedback.

It was not too tough to get the fly on the knee as I was sitting down. The biggest challenge was that I was using a long focal length macro lens and it was difficult having enough working space to actually get it in focus.

The combination I used for this particular setup was: The camera was the K10D with a Sigma 180 EX DG IF APO f 3.5 Macro. The flash setup was straightforward in that I used a old manual high output Braun flash with two opal glass diffusers from the time of Fred Flinstone. All the images are focused manually and manually exposed.

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You have some outstanding macros here Stephen, opal glass diffusers boy that brings back memories.......... Thanks for sharing these and take care,

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These are amazing macros! Thanks for sharing. Does that lens go higher than 1:1?
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You have some outstanding macros here Stephen, opal glass diffusers boy that brings back memories.......... Thanks for sharing these and take care,
Heinrich,

Thanks for the positive feedback.

Ahh! So you remember the old days too.

Over the years I have collected so much "stuff" that I can't remember what some of it is actually used for now. Then again, perhaps that is just a sign of aging

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These are amazing macros! Thanks for sharing. Does that lens go higher than 1:1?
Hi VN,

I appreciate the comments. Thanks.

The Sigma only does 1:1.

There are macros for professional specialties in photography, but most general photographic lenses do not exceed 1:1. Many older macros may on do 1:2, which of coursse is 1/2 life size.

That said all macros lenses can exceed their maximum magnification by the addition of extension tubes or a bellows adaptation. A complete set of tubes can do 2:1 mag. The problem with that is that the depth of field would be so narrow as make hand holding nearly impossible. Such setups are better for static display of macro subjects.

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