A New Member of the Butchered Zoom Club

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25 Jul '13 Thu Jul 25, 2013 18:54    
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That "in your face" shot made my wife recoil, it must be a good un Smile


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25 Jul '13 Thu Jul 25, 2013 19:15    
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- darkskies









Good gracious me that one is gobsmackingly good - slow down a bit there DS your starting to show me up. Laughing


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25 Jul '13 Thu Jul 25, 2013 19:43    
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Thanks, Charlotte. Very Happy

But, you are right, there is often a need just to take it back a little bit even just to increase the dof. More experiments required!

- SteveEveritt

That "in your face" shot made my wife recoil, it must be a good un Smile


Laughing Laughing Laughing Excellent!

My missus has long since stopped looking at my macro shots. Shocked

 
 
 
 
  
26 Jul '13 Fri Jul 26, 2013 18:12    
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I came across a dead wasp outside work today. So thought it would be rude not to...
I stood it up on its wings and abdomen and got a close up of its face. FA35 @ f2 reversed onto FA50 @ f11 - had to use on-board flash


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26 Jul '13 Fri Jul 26, 2013 19:46    
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Couldn't you get any closer, Steve? Laughing

 
 
 
 
  
26 Jul '13 Fri Jul 26, 2013 20:48    
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2 Aug '13 Fri Aug 02, 2013 18:21    
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I've been practising today and trying to make a mental note what I do when and why.

I've noticed that when there's nothing behind the subject and I want to avoid a black background I us a larger aperture (smaller f number) - I do it automatically without realising I'm doing it, I only noticed today because I was watching myself. Very odd.


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2 Aug '13 Fri Aug 02, 2013 18:35    
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It is odd the things you do automatically when composing a shot, and I'm like you, I can never remember what it was I did to get the shot.


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7 Aug '13 Wed Aug 07, 2013 21:23    
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I suppose it's a bit like driving a car really, you don't tend to think about when to change gear and what not you just do it don't you.


I had another thought and something I use that others might find helpful is a Pentax O-Me53 Magnifying Eyepiece. It's not quite as necessary on the K20 or K5 as it was with the Kr but I find it helps with the close working distance especially with the teeny weeny little critters.

Charlotte x


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8 Aug '13 Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:34    
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Interesting, considering I've just passed a milestone and my eyes are not going to get any better so I like the sound of that eyepiece.


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17 Aug '13 Sat Aug 17, 2013 16:47    
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I think an eyepiece would be a good idea. Something I'l consider. Meanwhile, I've been practising a bit and I'm getting a higher percentage of successful shots, and learning how to make the best of situations. Difficult to avoid that black background, but then I'm also getting more used to it! Laughing



I apologise for the bits on this one that I didn't clean up.......










 
 
 
 
  
17 Aug '13 Sat Aug 17, 2013 17:18    
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Gosh! They are close! Shocked Amazing detail... the last one looks like it's got a
pair of headphones on made from split-peas Laughing


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17 Aug '13 Sat Aug 17, 2013 19:51    
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Algi, being close is good, but it also has it's drawbacks. As Charlotte has alluded to before, it would be better to be just a little bit further away for larger insects and for a larger dof. But it's good fun and I find it rewarding too. You don't see many photos of dragonflies taken from such a small distance!

 
 
 
 
  
17 Aug '13 Sat Aug 17, 2013 20:55    
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Not sure I ever dare post an "ordinary" macro ever again Laughing


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17 Aug '13 Sat Aug 17, 2013 21:03    
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Not sure I ever dare post an "ordinary" macro ever again Laughing

It doesn't replace a standard macro, that's for sure. I still love my DFA 100.

 
 
 
 
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