Macro 1:2
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Photography


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

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


#2


#3


#4


#5



#6


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.

Last edited by Patriot; 11-18-2012 at 03:42 AM.. Reason: Changed title to open up thread to more than just flowers.
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
GMYukonon24s
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2009
Location: MICHIGAN
Posts: 3,124
Default

Beautiful pictures
__________________
110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

MIAPG - Come join us - Plantedtank - MI - Greatlakesaquaria
GMYukonon24s is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-13-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s View Post
Beautiful pictures
Thank you!
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 05:07 AM   #4
SMB
Algae Grower
 
SMB's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 49
Default

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.)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Lotus.jpg
Views:	51
Size:	158.4 KB
ID:	57056  


Last edited by SMB; 11-14-2012 at 05:09 AM.. Reason: correction
SMB is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 05:31 AM   #5
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

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?
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35

Last edited by Patriot; 11-14-2012 at 12:43 PM.. Reason: added
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 05:47 AM   #6
Da Plant Man
Nerd Alert.
 
Da Plant Man's Avatar
 
PTrader: (74/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NW Montana
Posts: 5,708
Default

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.







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

RAOK CLUB #12
Wabi-kusa Pimp #1
"99% of the time, a fish tank with plants will fail. Once you start a dedicated planted tank with fish, then you begin to succeed." - Geniusdudekiran
Da Plant Man is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
150EH
Planted Tank Guru
 
150EH's Avatar
 
PTrader: (27/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Churchton, Maryland
Posts: 5,370
Default

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









150EH is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Da Plant Man View Post
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.







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.
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 12:46 PM   #9
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 150EH View Post
Everyone, those are great shots and my favorite is from SMB with the bee flying to the flower, nice job.









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?
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 02:10 PM   #10
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

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?
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
SMB
Algae Grower
 
SMB's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 49
Default

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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20 Brookside Gardens_Bysshe_20120815_5644 - Version 2.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	273.2 KB
ID:	57078  

SMB is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 03:35 PM   #12
SMB
Algae Grower
 
SMB's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 49
Default

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!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	13_Bysshe_20120615_2083.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	36.6 KB
ID:	57079  


Last edited by SMB; 11-14-2012 at 03:41 PM.. Reason: correction
SMB is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 09:45 PM   #13
150EH
Planted Tank Guru
 
150EH's Avatar
 
PTrader: (27/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Churchton, Maryland
Posts: 5,370
Default

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.
150EH is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 03:12 AM   #14
SMB
Algae Grower
 
SMB's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 49
Default

Here is a short article that covers just what you were asking in the original post:
http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/h...NewsNov_111412
SMB is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 01:12 PM   #15
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 903
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

Thank you for the link.
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012