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Patriot 11-13-2012 11:57 AM

Macro 1:2
 
This is my first time trying out macro photography outside using the nikon sb-910 flash. It was hard to get most shots because it was so windy that day. I'm starting to get the hang of manual focusing with such a heavy lens. The lens I used was the Vivitar 70-210mm 3.5 lens. I don't have a tripod yet so all are hand held. No Post processing was done besides cropping and white balance because I wanted to show what this lens can offer. The contrast and color was one of the reasons I purchased this lens.

#1
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8...9d0f2cb6_b.jpg

#2
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8...7d014c74_b.jpg

#3
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8350/8...5164b667_b.jpg

#4
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8057/8...dbc52987_b.jpg

#5
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8488/8...dd7bb09a_b.jpg


#6
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8062/8...824a9ae3_b.jpg

Please let me how I can improve with these pictures. I know this lens isn't a true macro lens but I will make it work.

GMYukonon24s 11-13-2012 01:07 PM

Beautiful pictures

Patriot 11-13-2012 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 2077076)
Beautiful pictures

Thank you!:)

SMB 11-14-2012 04:07 AM

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Nice shots.
You can do excellent macro work with your lens, especially with a few relatively inexpensive additions. Get a +3 or +5 diopter filter and a set of extension tubes. That will get you some nice close images but will likely require a tripod to make them tack sharp.
One rule of thumb for flowers is find really perfect subjects or really dead ones, the in between ones don't make the best "artistic" images.
On your first image try a little more crop to get rid of the two right sided corner "triangles"; see if you like that better.
I like the flower position in the second to last image, but the background is a bit to busy.
Nice work. (Here is a 70-200mm lens with a +3 diopter and extension tube. No flash.)

Patriot 11-14-2012 04:31 AM

Thank you so much for the tips and advice. Your flower look so perfect too. Im going to order that stuff today. Which 70-210 lens did you use SMB?

Da Plant Man 11-14-2012 04:47 AM

A lot of people say they need a dedicated macro lens to get great macro photos. While they certainly help, these photos were taken with my 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kits lens.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...26222482_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...1080578_n.jpgp

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...87774859_o.jpg

They aren't as sharp as they could be, but they are really decent with just a kit lens.

150EH 11-14-2012 11:16 AM

Everyone, those are great shots and my favorite is from SMB with the bee flying to the flower, nice job.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3153/2...5aa053b9_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5086/5...e5646220_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5201/5...168b6909_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7...252ca22f_h.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2699/4...4062b54a_b.jpg

Patriot 11-14-2012 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Da Plant Man (Post 2078073)
A lot of people say they need a dedicated macro lens to get great macro photos. While they certainly help, these photos were taken with my 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kits lens.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...26222482_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...1080578_n.jpgp

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...87774859_o.jpg

They aren't as sharp as they could be, but they are really decent with just a kit lens.

Heck that dragonfly looks great I wouldn't never have know that it wasn't taken with a macro lens.

Patriot 11-14-2012 11:46 AM

Those are some amazing photos there!! Number 2 and 4 are by far my favorite with 4 taking the cake. May I ask what did you use?

Patriot 11-14-2012 01:10 PM

I heard that Kenko was some of the best extension tubes but they are really expensive. Are there any like them for a lower price?

SMB 11-14-2012 02:28 PM

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I think Kenko has a very good set and they are the ones I have used for several years. 12, 20, and 36mm for around $200. They are pretty rugged and you may be able to find a used set.
This is a 105mm Macro lens shot with just a bit of fill flash. Did not get the light on the head and the background a little to busy.

SMB 11-14-2012 02:35 PM

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Back to flowers.
This is another Lotus shot with a Nikon 70-200mm lens, +3 diopter and 20mm extension tube, available light on a tripod.
(When I look at the enlarged image it is not as sharp, looses something on importing.)

Nice Dragon fly!

150EH 11-14-2012 08:45 PM

Thanks, I think 2 & 4 were taken with an Olympus E3 and a 50mm f2, and 1,3, & 5 with an Olympus E510 and the same lens.

SMB 11-15-2012 02:12 AM

Here is a short article that covers just what you were asking in the original post:
http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/h...NewsNov_111412

Patriot 11-15-2012 12:12 PM

Thank you for the link.


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