[photo] hoverfly macro

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Jul 13, 2008.

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    Annika1980 Guest

    You're in luck! D-Mac has that whole month clear on his schedule
    (November - September as well) and he works dirt cheap. Give him a
    call and tell him I sent ya.
    Annika1980, Jul 14, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Annika1980 wrote :
    Shit. I should have seen that coming when you asked that
    Troy Piggins, Jul 14, 2008
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    Russell D. Guest

    That just too cool, Troy. Awesome. Only critique is when are you going
    to show us how you do it.

    Russell D., Jul 14, 2008
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    Mr.T Guest

    He probably already spent more than that on the engagement ring.
    How would you suggest he gets her to pay for the lens though? :)

    Mr.T, Jul 14, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Russell D. wrote :
    :) Thanks mate. Thought the gear and settings was pretty
    self-explanatory in my first post. Ok. I'll see if I can get
    some shots of my current rig[1] this weekend. It's nothing
    special. Just a macro lens, extension tubes and off-camera flash
    with diffuser.

    [1] Calling it a "rig" makes it sound cool, hey?
    Troy Piggins, Jul 14, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Mr.T wrote :
    Sad but true. :)
    She can work it off. :) I'll leave it there...
    Troy Piggins, Jul 14, 2008
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    Mr.T Guest

    Not even married yet, and already you assume you have to pay for it. My
    commiserations, how sad :-(

    Mr.T, Jul 14, 2008
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Boy, are you in for a big surprise!

    Enjoy the pre-marital playtime, that's all I'm sayin.
    Annika1980, Jul 14, 2008
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    Helen Guest

    Let's not label ALL women to be like that. :0)
    Helen, Jul 14, 2008
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    Russell D. Guest

    Yes, you did explain it and I read it. I'm just not able to visualize
    distances here. As close as your lens must be to the lovely model, I
    don't see how you are getting such nice lighting without the lens
    getting in the way.


    BTW, I've been showing your macros to my thirteen year old daughter and
    she thinks you pictures "rock."
    Russell D., Jul 14, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Helen wrote :
    :) I think you know I'm joking.
    Troy Piggins, Jul 15, 2008
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    Helen Guest

    Of course I do! :0)
    But I agree with an earlier post. Don't feel bad about buying that
    lens. That engagement ring you bought her cost quite a bit I bet, so
    I'd say everything evens up! ;0)
    Helen, Jul 15, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Russell D. wrote :
    At 1:1 shooting with just the bare macro lens at its minimum
    focus distance, the subject is about 150mm from the front of lens
    - that's what we call the "working distance".

    That shot was taken at close to 2:1 magnification with 68mm of
    extension tubes. Haven't measured it, but I would imagine the
    working distance is down to about 75-100mm.

    I see what you're asking about the lighting, and you are correct.
    The flash is not on-camera. I have a flash bracket and
    off-camera shoe chord. The flash also has a diffuser on it to
    soften the light since the subject so close. I have the face of
    the diffuser at about 2 o'clock right at the front of lens (if
    the camera was pointed at you, but obviously doesn't matter too
    much if it's 10 o'clock or 2, you get the point).

    Sometimes have to play with flash exposure compensation to tone
    down the light. I vary it between 0 and -.3.

    While I'm organising myself to get shots of my rig, these shots
    of others with similar setups may help.

    Brian "LordV" Valentine has really perfected macro photography,
    and my setup is modelled on his. This shot shows the
    relationship of flash and diffuser, although his is a ghetto
    DIY diffuser make from cut up Coke cans and paper towel :)


    He has been featured in many magazines etc. Love his work.
    Browse his FlickR gallery. You'll see much better dewdrops than
    the ones I took.

    See how he grips the beanpole for stability? The hoverfly shot I
    posted is the first time I've tried that. Really works! And
    quicker to maneuvre/adjust than a monopod.

    Hope that helps. It's all I can think of at the moment.
    Awesome! Please thank her for me, I'm flattered. :)
    Troy Piggins, Jul 15, 2008
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    Mr.T Guest

    Only if you think a man buying his OWN lens is "even" with HIM buying HER an
    engagement ring.
    (Not that women would ever want to give the man anything similar in cost, or
    in fact anything at all in most cases!)

    But Troy if you've got to spend YOUR money on HER, why on earth feel guilty
    about spending YOUR money on yourself?

    Mr.T, Jul 15, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Mr.T wrote :
    Don't feel as guilty about that as it sounded. Probably more the
    fact I haven't told her yet is making me feel guilty. Got a
    pretty open and honest relationship so no reason to not tell her.
    Don't believe in secrets, so might tell her tonight. Why am I
    sharing all this again? :)
    Troy Piggins, Jul 15, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    Noons, Jul 15, 2008
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    Helen Guest

    My point is that she shouldn't have any hard feelings about Troy
    buying that lens, since he spent the big bucks on the rings, probably
    the dress and the flowers too. It would be wonderful if she bought
    that lens for him, but I don't know the circumstances so I'll leave it
    at that. On a personal note, I am not "most cases", if it were me, I
    would be delighted to buy my fiance the lens he wanted.
    Helen, Jul 15, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Noons wrote :
    :) Thanks.
    Troy Piggins, Jul 15, 2008
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    RobertJM Guest

    Getting ready for when its ' OUR ' money ;)
    RobertJM, Jul 15, 2008
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    Mr.T Guest

    Only when he makes more than her :)

    Mr.T, Jul 15, 2008
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