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Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Jan 13, 2013.
Some variety from hereabouts ...
These are amazing, do you mind if I ask you what your Macro setup is? This is an area I have a lot of interest in.
No luck with insects here at my place - it is snowing at the moment
Check his signature - Macro Illustrated.
Thanks guys, appreciated.
Wow, all very good, but the first one really stands out, very sharp, nice composition, and very dynamic.
Update: just read your blog, also excellent, thanks!
Absolutely beautiful photos!
Just where, on God's earth, do you find all these wonderful creatures? Do you travel and seek them out or do they find you in your yard?
Fantastic - I love #5 in particular.
I populate a small garden with flowering plants that feed all sorts of insects and keep them watered, no insecticide ever, minimal maintenance and never waste the green waste. Some plants die and many, like the SunFlowers, are continually seeded in the available places. It can be a lot of work at times but after a while the garden evolved it's own rhythm that I just follow - and still put the time in, and the effort.
Also there is a great place for roosting bees not far away where I also find other creatures. It's been dry a while now so very few have hatched but I am not impatient - anymore.
I also provide habitat and nesting material/locations, part of not wasting the waste. Nature has no waste anyway ...
Thanks all, appreciated.
Best ... M
wow!, fantastic shots, great work Mark
Some more great macro photos Mark. I love your work.
Excellent stuff, very inspirational!!
Mark, these images are stunning and should be fronting magazines as well as hanging in a gallery.
I would love to know what set up you use for these?
Keep them coming,
So you shoot mainly from the yard, good stuff. I have a similar philosophy of no green waste. I compost nearly everything (except the rose canes, thorns and grandchildren don't mix). I have a little vermiculture operation going on, which I use non-meat leftovers as a feed stock. The longer trimmed branches from the trees are used as construction material for trellises and such. The importation of a large number of butterfly and Hummingbird attracting plants keeps these creatures in the yard all year long. I even use the hair from the dog's brush to stock a nesting material depot. Like yourself, no pesticides.
I think I need to arm myself with a macro and explore the yard. Thanks for the inspiration.
Click on the link in his signature & you will be surprised how one does not have to go overboard with equipment to get images like this.
Thanks Ian. I tried selling, even mounted and matted, wrapped all professional-like and maybe covered costs - a market stall at w/ends. The one market where I am assured of sales is 300k away. Couldn't be bribed to do 'Stock'. I have not had any serious interest from publishers, probably put off by my 'philosophy' - don't know why. I think one really has to work at getting published and I really don't care enough to spend my time and energy at it.
Exif is usually in my pix. I still use the FZ50 + achromats stacked with snooted and diffused on board flash, variable for varying WD's. JPG's out of cam and 20sec's in Picasa and ten de-noising (absolutely necessary with the FZ) finishes them off. It's all explained in my sig link - will get around to updating it some time.
If Pany ever really come out with the FZ50/30 evolved I will be on it like a fly to s***.
Thanks guys, appreciated. Assuming guys there ...
Yes, except for native bees that are only found in the bush. Sounds like you have everything you need in the garden - sounds a bit like mine, though I rent , for macro. Butterfly's and HummingBirds are another matter, but still doable with my gear - modified.
Whatever you have, a macro lens is nearly always best for close-ups. With an achromat (or two) you can really get down to it. Most believe you need distance or extreme proximity for macro but I find 2" ideal for most. At that WD I can hold the 'thing' the creature is on and really control the shot, especially effective at dawn and dusk - the heat of the day is for rest at my age and condition.
At longer WD's without a 'pod' or other stabilising structure I use a stick in such a way as to mimic the stability of a tripod, one knee down, other foot out, leaning slightly on stick placed at appropriate location and hand grip up or down for angling, etc ...
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