Macro

Discussion in 'Photography / Video' started by Brady Burmeister, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Have any of you fellas gotten into macro? I'd love to see your shots.

    I'll kick it off.
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  2. Very Nice!!!
    Tough subjects to shoot due to very limited depth of field!
     
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  3. Yeah, these are all single shots. Eventually I hope to get into focus stacking so I can get better DOF but a steady hand can be very difficult with these fast moving guys.
     
  4. Agreed....very nice work....love to see some more of your exploits!
     
  5. We had the big hex hatch yesterday.
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  6. Amazing....if you don't mind? What is your setup?
    I've never done anything this "macro", but I'd be interested in trying.
    Thanks again for sharing.
     
  7. Pentax K-30. I play around with various tube and lens setups. This picture, and most often, I'm using an old Pentax A-series 100mm f4 macro lens, 49mm coupler, and an old M-series 50mm f4 macro mounted in reverse. A 100mm coupled to a reverse 50mm gives you 2:1 magnification. I think the fruit fly (second pic from the top) was those two lenses mounted on about 55mm of extension tubes. That gets more like 3:1 magnification. You definitely don't need to spend big dollars on lenses. And auto focus is pretty useless anyway at this magnification. A $10 set of extension tubes and an old 50 mm manual lens mounted in reverse can get you good shots.
     
  8. Nice!

    I do a little macro work but I am not into anything like your setup. I have an Tamron 90mm macro lens I picked up off of craigslist for a few bucks that I will bolt on once in awhile. I can't get anything like your shots.

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  9. That Tamron has a good rep and is a good value among AF Macro lenses.
     
  10. I'm not into photography per se, but I will sometimes take photos when I'm out scuba diving. Below are a few taken on an HP R817 in normal or super macro mode (closest focus at about an inch), with mainly manual exposure settings. Not as sharp or as uniformly well-lit as I would like, but not too bad for a point and shoot.

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  11. Good stuff!


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  12. Yeah, it will do a decent job. I usually shoot it manual focus and use live view.

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  13. Hey Brady, not to derail your thread but have you ever used photo stacking software like Helicon Focus?
     
  14. Not derailed at all.

    I have not. I did download CombineZP cause it's free but I've yet to use it. I do everything handheld with live subjects at the moment and getting enough pics at slightly different DOF's to stack has been difficult so far. I definitely hope to progress to that eventually. Lots of people seem to like Helicon.


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  15. More mayfly eyes, and a moth.
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  17. Here is a shot recently done with the Tamron lens.

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  18. Wow. Great work all! I find macro the most difficult of anything I attempt, mostly due to the challenges of extremely shallow DOF and handheld vibration. I have a 20 year old Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro (same as yours Kerry?) Nikon mount that I shot with film and now on my DSLR's. I obviously need a lot more practice. Are you guys using flash on all of these to enable a quick shutter speed for hand-held? I'm always relying on daylight on the stream trying to photo mayflies, maybe that's POTP (part of the problem.)
     
  19. Yes, always a flash, even in good daylight. Mostly because I get so close that I'm usually casting a shadow. Even if subject is in light I'll use flash for fill. But no shots are over 1/160 because my flash is just a manual non-high speed sync and Pentax limits the shutter when using non TTL non HSS flash.


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