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04-26-2021, 12:45 AM - 6 Likes   #7036
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
.....Awesome macro work using supposedly subpar equipment - the detail is amazing!
Thanks Paul! I definitely will be playing around more with that lens reversed. It really has surprised me.
This Luneria was taken with it.

Lunaria ...aka Money Plant

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Fascinating images! - growing up I was one of the sick puppies that actually enjoyed the slide nights when my parents or their friends returned from an overseas trip. I can't remember - were you traveling or living there?
Thanks, Richard. As I mentioned above, we spent 2 weeks traveling through Portugal and Spain, with a short side trip to Gibraltar. Thanks to the weather, the landscape was spectacular and my K-10D was up to the task of capturing it. The interiors of places, such as the Alhambra, showed incredible artistry and craftsmanship, with vibrant colors which, again, the K-10D did a great job of recording it. I've been revisiting some of those images since my software and processing techniques have improved(?) since that trip.
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QuoteOriginally posted by brewmaster15 Quote
Thanks Paul! I definitely will be playing around more with that lens reversed. It really has surprised me.
This Luneria was taken with it.

Lunaria ...aka Money Plant

Al
While your "playing" - how about a pair or two of pictures- one with reversed lens, the other the "right way" round ?
04-26-2021, 09:28 AM   #7039
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While your "playing" - how about a pair or two of pictures- one with reversed lens, the other the "right way" round ?
What exactly would you like to.see? The two images would be really different...one you are inches away from the the subject the other you are feet away.

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DA18-135 on K10D, Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

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Two more from the k10D x A 35-80 reversed

Columbine water droplets

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QuoteOriginally posted by brewmaster15 Quote
What exactly would you like to.see? The two images would be really different...one you are inches away from the the subject the other you are feet away.

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The difference! Between how close you get "regularly", and then reversed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DonV Quote
The difference! Between how close you get "regularly", and then reversed.
Lol.. ok. But it will take a few days.. as I said early on.. the lens broke during the shoot.. its in two pieces.I have a replacement coming from ebay.


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Thats a nicely framed image Glinda. Came out very well. I've never tried bringing in the cherry blossums like that.. may have to prune a few and bring them in.
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Thats a nicely framed image Glinda. Came out very well. I've never tried bringing in the cherry blossums like that.. may have to prune a few and bring them in.
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Thats an orangey colored azalea, I think , and yes , I was hesitant to cut it , but it does brighten the house up .
And .., it’s spring ... only comes once a year

Birds soon ... neo tropicals ... the ones that make it back .... seems fewer every year ...
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Misread the plan today and ended up one hour earlier at the bus stop than necessary.
Which turned out to be a stroke of luck: There was nature nearby, and I had my camera bag with me. I spent the hour really using my latest vintage glass, a Super Takumar 135mm 3.5 (my first Takumar so far!), and fell in love with it. The size felt just right, it's small and light, and would probably be a great portrait lens as well on full frame.

The colour rendition it delivers is just astounding.



I compared the same scene with my compact always-on Sigma 28-200 at 135mm, and there simply was no contest. The Takumar made everything pop, seem bright and alive.



Subject separation is also very good, more so than I would've anticipated from a relatively slow F/3.5 at 135mm, by today's standards.

I have a Porst Tele 135mm F/2.8 which was my very first vintage glass, and has been somewhat neglected under the constant influx of new lenses. It just didn't "catch" me as the Takumar did, even though it has a delicious ca-tchunk aperture action sound due to its construction.
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I got a copy of Topaz DeNoise AI and tried it out on a couple of pictures taken at night with my K-10D and FA 28-80mm at an ISO of 1600, in 2008.

The images are of Manhattan, taken from across the Hudson River, at an ISO of 1600. The first image is scaled to show the entire image, with the original noisy image in all its glory on the left and the DeNoise processed image on the right.



The second image is scaled to a 400% magnification, again with the original image on the left and the DeNoise processed image on the right.



Significant improvement in noise! I'm sure that I could have played around with the DeNoise parameters and gotten some additional improvements, but I thought this was pretty good for a first shot.
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