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Today's Macros

Discussion in 'Nature' started by GaryAyala, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    From the Backyard:


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  2. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England

    It's macro Nikkor porn. Number 2 is truly a beautiful shot!
  3. scottz

    scottz Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    Gary - we need details on those shots---very nice!
  4. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Scottz, the devil is in the details. Nonetheless ... GF1 w/ Nikkor Micro 55mm f/3.5 lens. Handheld. #1 'n' #2 Lilly of the Nile, #3 Silk Tree (Mimosa) branch, #4 Artichoke blossom.


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  5. matai

    matai Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 20, 2011
    Wow! Great pics! What mount adapter do you use? I've been thinking about picking up a Nikon/M43 adapter to use some old lenses, this just may have convinced me.
  6. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    #1 and # 2 is best. is the best . GReat photos. Wish I had a macro .
  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Rainbow Imaging, $28 delivered from Amazon.

  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    This whole setup, the macro and adapter was just under $100. So this is not terribly expensive or out of the reach of most of us.

  9. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Gary you are really good, do you know that!

    I'm curious to what you used to light the fern and the blue flower. And how did you get the black background look, is it something to do with closing the aperture and making the shutter speed fast?
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks Brady. I used the Sun to light up the Silk Tree (what you called a fern) and the Lilly of the Nile (blue flower). I waited for these these plants to be back lighted, which helps to remove/minimize the background detail in a couple of ways:

    1. Just using a macro and its shallow DOF goes a long way to minimize distracting detail in the background;

    2. Back Lighting requires one to "over expose" the subject creating the need for a wider aperture which in turn adds more to the macro's shallow DOF; and,

    3. Probably most importantly, I waited for a time when my subjects are lighted AND the background is in shadow.

    When I shoot I look at the reflected light, the light bouncing off the subject and surrounding objects ( you haven't any choice in that). I also look at the light hitting the subject and surrounding objects ... not the reflected light ... the light from the light source. I look at the direction of the light, the color, the strength as many of the light qualities I can sense. Then I think of how the light I was seeing would change if I moved left or right and how my movement would affect the drama, the image impact of the subject. I have a pretty clear mental picture of the image prior to looking through the viewfinder. The actual shutter release and processing of the image seems redundant as I've seen the final image.

    Enough of me ... here's a tip for you ... inspect the light as it come from the source ... qualify the light. Remember that a photograph is a collection of highlights and shadows which will change as the light changes. Use that to your advantage.

    Next time you are near a large fountain in the late afternoon, (so the light hitting the fountain is extremely directional), do a slow 360 around the fountain. Examine how the light plays off the fountain and the water droplets.

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  11. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Wow Gary, thankyou very much for the excellent instructions. I appreciate them and will try it out on Sunday when I have some spare time. I really like how the light appears to be a different temperature to what you normally see from the sun, but I guess the shallow DOF may contribute to that.

    I had an awesome opportunity today for a photo as I was standing underneath the cotton picker with my head amongst belts and control rods pouring oil into the transmission. We had an LED light set up so we could see what we were doing and the thick 85-140 grade oil stream looked fantastic as the LED light shone through it.
  12. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    De nada Brady. Waiting for those oily photos...

  13. SCT

    SCT Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    Landover, MD, USA
    Those are some amazing macrotography. Nice!
  14. jumbotron

    jumbotron Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
    Vancouver, Canada
    Absolutely wonderful stuff - thanks for sharing.

    - another lens to add to my list :) 
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