Four Portraits *Macro

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Ghost (I have heard them referred to as) spider, happy to sit zazen on the nearest highest peak.

    Beetle, can't remember its name, surveying its domain.

    Pretty on pink. Shield-bug on pause for a sec ...

    Jewel Bug with shooting star.
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  2. madtownkeith

    madtownkeith Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 28, 2013
    Sun Prairie, WI
    Wow! These are just stunning - the color, the clarity, the compositions - all top notch! :clapping:
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  3. Nam-in-Sonoma

    Nam-in-Sonoma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 23, 2012
    Penngrove, CA
    Wow and Wow...great captures.
  4. absolutic

    absolutic Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 21, 2011
    excellent, please care to tell which gear was used on these
  5. Wab

    Wab Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2015
    Did you focus stack these too?
  6. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    Wonderful pictures. May I ask what gear was used?
  7. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks Keith ...

    Thanks Nam ...

    Thanks A ... The exif is in the files. Basically the Pany G6, G1 and FZ50 with Oly 50/f2 and achromats all round. For rundown and setup see here - Macro Illustrated

    No, never see the need for stacking.

    Thanks ... See above reply, Exif is in files too. Check 1/5th the way down this for gear - Macro Illustrated
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  8. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks all, appreciated ...
  9. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Well done Mark!!
    You're a reference in Macro photography, and in micro 4/3 system in particular.
    Thank's for sharing your stunning work.
  10. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    This is very interesting - is it just that the magnification is low enough, the aperture stopped down enough (with flash lighting), and the focus plane orientation relative to the subject precise enough that you always get sufficient DoF?

    I find that I can get enough DoF at about 1:1 or less without stacking when using flash, but at greater than 1:1 with a very small subject like a jumping spider I start getting a bit DoF challenged without stacking.
  11. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    wonderful stuff. Who needs space aliens when you have bugs?
  12. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks Jaime ... Still working at it, some ... :)

    Short answer? Yes. Though even a small jumping spider can be enough in focus if you get the angle right. And it's not all about dof, composition, background, etc all matter to the whole - as long as focus is where it does best.

    Actually it's us are the aliens in this macro world. :)
  13. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    A queostion to you MarkB1. Do you think Olly 60mm Macro is as capable as your Olly 50/f2? Naturally, the aperture is not the same, but in terms of sharpness and overall image quality, is it a lens worth investing in?
  14. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    They are different lenses. For clarity I prefer the 50/f2. For everything else I prefer the 60mm - size, weight, dedicated m4/3, 1:1, internally zooming.

    Is the 60mm worth the money? Check both my sig links and you tell me?
  15. Akashi

    Akashi Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 1, 2010
    Tromso, Norway
    Do you use background light somehow? But more importantly, where do you find all the bugs? Seriously!
  16. leungw

    leungw Deal Hunter

    May 26, 2011
    I read through your Macro Illustrated. Thank you for posting the great info. Could you tell us which +8 achromat you use with the 60mm lens? Is it the Raynox DCR-250 that you mentioned in the comment section?
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  17. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I love the spider. Was that the old 4/3 mount 50 f2? That was a great lens and still pops up refurb on the Oly site sometimes.
  18. mesmerized

    mesmerized Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    If I only knew which of your pictures were taken with the 60mm one...
  19. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    No light but what's on the camera, 1/5th the way down the page here - Macro Illustrated

    Brisbane is subtropics so bugs are not rare, you still have to go out to find them though. Best places are edge of forests, by water, where there is food and shelter and sunshine.

    That's the one, can't beat them for clarity, just use a step ring.

    Yes, the 50/f2. Relatively cumbersome lens but excellent glass.

    All the latest were taken with the 60mm. Exif is in all files so add Xif and Element Properties add-ons to Firefox and you can see it. Element Properties + Christian Eyrich - FxIF or other ...