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Toadstool and lace...
Lens: 50mm + Ext. Tubes Camera: 5DII Photo Location: Very close to the ground. ISO: 100 
Posted By: heliphoto, 01-09-2010, 11:27 PM

Just got the urge to do a little macro shooting the other day... All shot with the Canon 5DII and the EF 50mm f/1.4 on kenko tubes of varying lengths. Yes it's cool to have tubes which will transmit aperture and focusing signals, but not that cool - I ordered a macro lens at the end of the day (another Tamron 90mm - one of my favorites!)

This toadstool is tiny - the top on it is about fingernail sized...(I had over 50mm of tubes on for this so was at more that 1:1 and was playing with the (admittedly noobish) shallow DOF thing f/2.8 )...


The fun with macro is always looking for tiny details worth shooting - I know I can always find lace patterned leaves under one huge oak out in my field, so I took a close look and found this...



I don't know what causes that decay, I'd guess perhaps a fungus?...

Here's another interpretation of that last leaf with funky color saturation and ridiculous DOF at f/2 (but I like it)...

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Interesting series - it begs the question as to whether macro should have deep or shallow DOF to achieve an interesting image. As a techie type scientist, we always tried for maximum detail, but thats not always needed as you show in image 3.

Thanks for that insight....
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Josh mate, you need a Pentax for that kind of work.
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Interesting series - it begs the question as to whether macro should have deep or shallow DOF to achieve an interesting image. As a techie type scientist, we always tried for maximum detail, but thats not always needed as you show in image 3.

Thanks for that insight....
Thanks Chris - I shot one at f/22 (as far as that lens will stop down) and while it's definitely more detailed, I don't like it as much.

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Josh mate, you need a Pentax for that kind of work.
I don't know Gary - I don't think the AF could keep up with that fungus . What I really want is an articulating arm off the top of my tripod like those Giottos pods have - and a macro lens...

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