[pic] some of my first macros

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Nov 22, 2007.

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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Getting into my car this morning and this little fella was on the
    door handle. No idea what it is - looks like a ladybird, but
    green? At first I thought it was just a small leaf and was going
    to swipe it off, then looked closer. He looked exhausted and
    not moving much, and the wings weren't retracted all the way in.


    I've never had a real chance to use my Kenko tubes properly since
    I got them. Quite happy with these since I am such a noob
    photog. I make a DIY flash diffuser out of a 3L milk container,
    seemed to do ok job. I believe with my 100mm macro lens and full
    set of tubes these pics are 2:1 lifesize.

    There's clearly something wrong with the little ladybird, coz he
    was there where I left him when I got home tonight also. So I
    took some more shots. I promise he is alive and still moving his
    antennae and wiggling legs.


    And just to put his size into perspective, this is the end of my
    pinky finger next to him. No, I don't have gi-normous fingers,
    and it isn't my thumb:


    I also shot this moth which I thought had cool woman's eyes with
    makeup on it's tail/wings:


    Anyway with Summer coming I want to practise heaps of
    macro/insects etc.
    Troy Piggins, Nov 22, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Normally I try not to make to many comments on other peoples photos but the
    big thing I would recommend here is you need need to work on getting more
    light to the subjects with some of your shots. Do you have a dedicated macro
    lens? I am using a Tamron 90mm F2.8 and it is a superb lens.


    Pete D, Nov 22, 2007
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Pete D is quoted
    * & my replies are inline below :
    Why not? Why post photos if there's no critique? ;)
    I have the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and the set of Kenko
    extension tubes.

    I'm learning about the lighting side of things - that's why I am
    playing with diffusers etc. Perhaps a flash bracket would help
    direct the light better when working with subject so close to the

    Thanks Pete.
    Troy Piggins, Nov 22, 2007
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    Douglas Guest


    Some people have great results with a flash diffuser like this:

    You get a warm tone used in the direction in the pic and a more neutral tone
    when you use the dish at 90 degrees to the camera. Best results are obtained
    when using a remote cable. You can then position the light where it's
    needed. Most ETTL speedlites will need -2/3rd to -2 stops at close range.

    Another (more expensive) but easier to use alternative is a LED ring light
    on the lens. No shadow and 5400k light colour. The LED solution will run you
    about $350 off eBay and the diffuser about $15 of eBay.

    You might be able to find a ring flash too but these are not as successful
    as LEDs.

    Douglas, Nov 22, 2007

  5. http://piggo.com/~troy/photos/2007_11_21/img_4385.jpg

    I could be wrong but I believe that it is a green Christmas Beetle.
    Nice macro BTW.
    helensilverburg, Nov 22, 2007
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    Troy Piggins, Nov 22, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    I use both a deflecter and a sofbox, both made by Glanz, collapsable and
    moderately priced.
    Pete D, Nov 23, 2007
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