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Having a bit of a practice in anticipation of getting my new macro lens next week (currently using a raynox and tubes)

These flowers are growing out of gaps between bricks in my garden wall.
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This little fella was buzzing backwards and forwards on the flower in the first picture, can't have been more than a millimetre long!
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Chased this little fella around the garden for 10 minutes before he stopped still
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Playing with my new macro lens

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I confess I've taken a few cat pictures, but I promise never to insult my Olympus 60mm Macro lens with one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Couple of details from the garden today, first one inside a mirabilis flower, and the second one inside an hibiscus. Trying out a new homemade diffuser system. I want to spread the light a little more, make it less harsh and more toned. The toothpaste cap diffuser is fine for emergencies but need to change things out.

Feedback on the lighting would be appreciated :)

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Feedback on the lighting would be appreciated :)
Funny, I was just working on a diffuser rebuild today (slight chance I might finally get out of town for a few days)... if you want to show-and-tell or just compare notes, there's a thread for that. There's nothing harsh going on in those shots, speculars look nicely subdued... I think I'll personally enjoy that look more on subjects with a little more inherent contrast, for this one I might move it a little further off-axis just for a little bit more definition... my two cents. :D
 

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Taken with the Oly 14-42 kit lens, 26mm extension tubes and Oly "40cm" close up lens..
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A Moth is Coming

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Across the paleo-arctic, giant convolvulus moths are starting to hatch, and in our garden the banks of mirabilis flowers are now open at dusk each day, waiting for the season's new arrivals...any dark night soon :)
 
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I've never quite got as close to a blue damselfly as I did today. Should I have gone to f/11 or so - would that have helped get a little more detail in the image? I would have lost what little separation I had though....I'm a bit miffed I could not get the result I wanted, I must admit :(

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Should I have gone to f/11 or so - would that have helped get a little more detail in the image? I would have lost what little separation I had though....I'm a bit miffed I could not get the result I wanted, I must admit :(
Ain't no cure for the DOF blues... although experimenting with focus stacking has provided relief for some, reportedly. ;) I can absolutely sympathize with anybody who doesn't feel like it feeds their dopamine receptors properly, though... :rolleyes:

(...and, personally, I have nothing against shallow DOF shots.)
 
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Yes, BUT. Hmmph. I thought I'd get a bit more in focus at that aperture, sigh. Focus stacking will have to wait for while. I'd like to do that in camera for what I do, so will wait for the next body upgrade.... I have no interest in a studio with a yard-long macro rail and 400 images in Helicon or Zerene. I mean no offence to those who do - their photos are wonderful, but it does not float my boat quite enough - yet, anyway :)

**stalks off muttering into the garden while changing aperture to f/22**
 

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A few from in the garden today after finishing off filling and sanding the back door (after removing an unused cat flap). If anyone has any idea what the bug in the first 3 images I'd be interested to learn.

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