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12-13-2010, 03:36 PM   #16
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Great shots! No wonder, the guy uses a Pentax K200 and some old glass to achieve this... Again the same saying so many times said, itīs not the tool but the craftsman...

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That is one very, very talented individual.

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I've been following him since I started macro with my Kit lens and K200d

I will never be at his level..... that bokeh! that sharpness! that composition! that subject! etc. etc. etc. for each and every photograph.

for what its worth, the K200d IMO has a better sensor for macro than my K-7. The only reason I don't use it for macro anymore is because of the split prism installed, and small/dark viewfinder that is hard to go back to after using the K-7's......
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QuoteOriginally posted by amoringello Quote
I almost feel like I could go out with my own equipment and give this a try... assuming of course that I had the patience to sit in one spot for more than 30 seconds.
Patience may be the most important piece of 'equipment' in macro photography. But the camera itself and many, many luxurious lenses are the main pieces of equipment in the other branches of photography

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QuoteOriginally posted by elliott Quote
I've talked to him before, a lot of those were taken with an *istDL. He uses a Takumar bayonet 28mm f2.8 or an M 50mm f1.7 reversed on extension tubes or a bellows and sometimes a teleconverter. His flash is an old Vivitar with a homemade diffuser on it.
That's it... I'm getting rid of all my K5, DA* and Limited lenses. Going to start all over at the bottom.
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i don't like bugs and stuff,
but those photos are just amazing!
12-13-2010, 06:06 PM   #22
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Thomas Shahan is a talented guy. No two ways about it. Kudos to him for using a simple setup and making great works of art with it.
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As my grandfather liked to say, "there's always something to keep you humble." Pretty mindblowing that he can get such great technical results and at the same time such good compositions. Left a comment to that effect.

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Excellent! I've seen his images before but the video was a good look at his gear and process.

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WOW!! I'm truly inspired - the sharpness. the bokeh. beautiful!
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Nice work indeed! It doesn't surprise me at all that he's using Taks with reversing rings and extension tubes, etc along with other older glass. I find manual focusing works best for macro work anyhow. Shots like this take skill and patience. Really stunning photos!
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Pretty astonishing, and the humble equipment tells the story
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perfect example of it is the person, not the newest stuff that makes the picture. They are nothing shotrt of stunning!!!!
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Thanks to the OP for posting this - i hadn't seen it before.

If i'm not mistaken, he has fairly large DOF in his photos, i think due to his 28mm lens. It wouldn't be nearly this large with a say 100mm lens - correct? (I'm not sure how the spacer rings affect the DOF)

I liked the duct tape on his diffuser - nice touch.

The video/slide show that John Bee linked to was very well done. both the slides and the video. I assume that some software such as ProShow Gold may have been used for that production. The production was an excellent example of how video and still photos can be used to complement each other with their independent strengths.

Now this is a guy who should be signed up for Pentax as a rep for their cameras!!!
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I agree Phil.
He'd be a perfect ambassador for Pentax. Raw talent, passion, loves the kind of field work that suits the Pentax niche and a great speaker.

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