[photos] real macros not taken with 500mm lenses :)

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    Sorry about the jibe, Rita :)

    Been testing out some new diffusers. These were all taken with
    100mm lens and extension tubes, 430EX flash with Lumiquest
    Softbox diffuser. Quite happy with the lighting. Yet to test
    fully the smaller version Mini Softbox.

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_06_28&img=photos/2008_06_28/img_8359.jpg

    My favourite:
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_06_28&img=photos/2008_06_28/img_8361.jpg

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_06_28&img=photos/2008_06_28/img_8384-mstack.jpg

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_06_28&img=photos/2008_06_28/img_8405.jpg
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 28, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Neat images. How did you get the model to pose like that?
     
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    Mark Thomas Guest

    These are quite exceptional, Troy. The lighting is very good (although
    the perfect focus means you have your softbox type and location
    beautifully illustrated on each droplet - good for training purposes,
    but perhaps a little distracting..!)

    Imo, the bonus of that droplet that focuses the background so well,
    makes these images a lot more interesting than the usual 'single
    subject' macro. Normally I don't like having two things in a photo
    drawing my attention but in these it looks very cool, and they are some
    of the best macros I've ever seen.

    Congratulations!
     
    Mark Thomas, Jun 28, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Mark Thomas wrote :
    It's interesting. Seeing several reflections of the diffuser
    /and/ the sun refracted in the same drop.
    :D Thanks Mark!
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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    * Markus Fuenfrocken wrote :
    Thanks Markus! Yes, best time is early in the mornings. But
    being in Southern Hemisphere and coming into winter, the mornings
    are getting colder anyway. These were taken around 7-8am.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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    * Frank Arthur wrote :
    :) Easier when insects are cold - first thing in the morning.
    They're less mobile and you can get quite close.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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    Alan Browne Guest


    Great work.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 29, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Alan Browne wrote :
    Thanks Alan.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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    Jeff R. Guest

    Wow.
    Game, set and match *again*!

    Each one so much more eloquent than words.
     
    Jeff R., Jun 29, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Jeff R. wrote :
    :D Thanks for your kind words, Jeff!
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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  12. Wow, great photos, seems your depth of field is great. When I use my
    Nikon 105mm it seems my depth of field is nill. Would you tell me
    exactly what equipment (you mentioned extension tubes) you are using???
    Thanks, Dave M
     
    Wolfgang Schmittenhammer, Jun 29, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Wolfgang Schmittenhammer wrote :
    Thanks for the comments. EXIF info should be intact for those
    photos. My typical settings are ISO 200, f/11, and 1/200s or so
    shutter. I always use flash, diffused and on a flash bracket.
    Lens is Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Extension tubes are the Kenkon
    ones 12mm + 20mm + 36mm giving 68mm total. Always shoot full
    Manual with above settings, not aperture or shutter priority etc.

    Not sure what apertures you are using, but try sticking with f/9
    to f/11 for 1:1 macro shots. Don't more than about f/16 or your
    images will end up softer, although it is tempting to get DOF.

    Main thing is just to practise the focusing technique. Only use
    manual focus, get it roughly where you want it, then slighly move
    forwards or backwards until you hit the spot. I know it's hard.
    DOF is in the order of millimetres or less.

    Hope that helps some :)
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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  14. Thanks,
    Dave M
     
    Wolfgang Schmittenhammer, Jun 29, 2008
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  15. LOL! No problem.
    Cool! I do like the in focus water droplets and the catch light on them is
    really nice. The softbox reflections might be a bit distracting, but I
    wouldn't worry about them.



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    Rita Berkowitz, Jun 29, 2008
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    * Rita Berkowitz wrote :
    Thanks. Bit hard to avoid the flash reflections if you want the
    dewdrops too. I quite like it anyway.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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  17. I agree, it's probably near impossible unless you remove it in post. How
    far away from the subject was the lighting placed? The overall lighting is
    really nice and adds more of a natural feeling.



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    Rita Berkowitz, Jun 29, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Rita Berkowitz wrote :
    Diffuser is right at the end of lens. I try to expose the
    background within a stop or 2 under to get some colour, then fill
    flash with 0 to -.3 FEC.
    I'll post pics of the setup shortly.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jun 29, 2008
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