Trying macro shots on a spider

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Father McKenzie, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Father McKenzie, Jan 20, 2008
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    JimKramer Guest

    Some of us like spiders. :)

    Which lens @ 300mm?
    At f/10 with the Flash you can set it to the Flash Sync speed of 1/250
    and take out the motion blur, crank up the ISO to 400 and not add any
    noticeable noise. Try some extension tubes to get closer without
    investing in a macro lens.

    The spider looks like Neoscona crucifera from the underside. Was
    there a discernible cross pattern on its back?
    Itty bitty picture
    http://www.jlkramer.net/Pictures/loversm.htm
    Much bigger picture
    http://www.jlkramer.net/Pictures/loversl.htm
     
    JimKramer, Jan 20, 2008
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    Rob Bradford Guest

    Very nice shot.

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    Some of us like spiders. :)

    Which lens @ 300mm?
    At f/10 with the Flash you can set it to the Flash Sync speed of 1/250
    and take out the motion blur, crank up the ISO to 400 and not add any
    noticeable noise. Try some extension tubes to get closer without
    investing in a macro lens.

    The spider looks like Neoscona crucifera from the underside. Was
    there a discernible cross pattern on its back?
    Itty bitty picture
    http://www.jlkramer.net/Pictures/loversm.htm
    Much bigger picture
    http://www.jlkramer.net/Pictures/loversl.htm
     
    Rob Bradford, Jan 20, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Father McKenzie is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Nice! Very hard to get all in focus with macros, because you are
    so close to the subject the depth of field is really, really
    shallow. Mostly just focus on the eyes and rely on
    composition/angles to get the best other parts in focus.

    Some macro guys use a method called focus stacking to get
    more/all of the subject in focus and to minimise diffraction
    softening effects introduced when using smaller apertures. They
    take several shots of the same subject with an reasonable
    aperture, each shot with different parts of the subject in focus.
    They then "stack" the images either manually or with software
    combining all the in focus parts to create an image with the
    whole thing in focus.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 20, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * JimKramer is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    That big one is great. You must've been close.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 20, 2008
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  6. It was actually really hard to focus as it was in a reserve and almost
    dark. I was lighting the spider up with the infrared of the flash to
    see where it was.

    I was lying down in grass about 4 inches high and had things crawling
    over my legs. I kept wondering it it was his mates
     
    Father McKenzie, Jan 21, 2008
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  7. One would think, if they have that much time at their disposal, they would
    be able to get the necessary depth of field by stopping down far enough, but
    what do I know? Perhaps they still can't get the necessary depth of field
    even when stopped down all the way......
     
    William Graham, Jan 21, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * William Graham is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    You /can/ get the depth of field, but at apertures of f/16 or so
    and smaller, diffraction softening comes into play. Just makes
    the image not quite as sharp. I'm no expert, just what I've
    read.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 21, 2008
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    Billy Boy Guest

    Great shot. Thanks for posting.



    Billy Boy

    To reply correct [at] and [dot]
     
    Billy Boy, Jan 21, 2008
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  10. So what it comes down to is what we've known all along....It all depends on
    the model. - If you've got a good model, you'll get good pictures.......:^).
     
    William Graham, Jan 21, 2008
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    Celcius Guest

    ***> over my legs. I kept wondering it it was his mates****

    Hi!
    That's photography for you! You have to go where the action is.
    Mind you, a far lot easier than the Middle-East right now ;-))))
    Cheers,
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Jan 21, 2008
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    Annika1980 Guest

    I have a fear of snakes, but I've never been frightened by a photo of
    one.
     
    Annika1980, Jan 21, 2008
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    T Shadow Guest

    Leg man, no doubt. :^b
     
    T Shadow, Jan 22, 2008
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    Rob Bradford Guest

    Rob Bradford, Jan 22, 2008
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    Rob Bradford Guest

    With a true macro lens, evemn stopped down the DOF can be just a few
    millimeters.
     
    Rob Bradford, Jan 22, 2008
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    ragland31 Guest

    Well done but grotesque.

    Michael Ragland
     
    ragland31, Jan 23, 2008
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    Mike Headon Guest

    My sister-in-law can't look at a picture of a snake!
     
    Mike Headon, Feb 10, 2008
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