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Extreme Macro Photos

I would like to share with you my current project on 'Extreme Macro/Closeup Aquarium Photography'.

Here are some examples:

Oxygen bubble escape from Anubia leaf


Oxygen bubbles on Java Moss


Boraras brigittae


One day old Endler guppy


A pair of Cyclops


Cherry shrimp


Tiger Shrimp with eggs


Baby Tiger (3 weeks old)


One day old Lymnaea snail eggs



For more please visit this gallery here:

http://www.theteh.com/html/extreme_macro_closeup.html

Thanks for looking!
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YOU GOT SKILLS...

Good job..
Post more pics .. .Please
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VERY nice. Wish I could get macro shots like that, but even with my new camera, I can't

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Wow really nice shots. How many megapixels does your current camera have?
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What is the current camera?
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Are you using a stock lens or reversal rings etc...?

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50 Gallon Aquarium - Colony of Showa Koi Swords.
90 Gallon Planted Aquarium - Yellow Tiger Endlers, Pair of Bristlenose, Six "oops" Five L15
12x10 Gallon Tanks - Guppies, Apistos, Endlers, Shrimp, Swords, you name it.
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Those are awesome photos! I was blown away!

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WOW! Those have gotta be some of the best macro's I've seen On his web-site it says he used a Canon EOS 350D + EFS 60mm Macro to take those shots.


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Thanks for all the comments. To answer some of the camera questions above:

I use a Canon 350D and Canon EFS 60mm macro with Hoya +10 and Jessops +4 closeup filters attached to the front of the 60mm lens to reach a +40 magnification. The camera is 8MP so one can crop the image quite substantially to 'digitally' zoom in without loosing resolution. Most pics (>95%) were taken without flash relaying on tank illumination alone. All pics taken handheld, no tripod was used as creatures moves so fast that using a tripod becomes impossible!

Ideally, I would like to have an external flash gun which can be triggered remotely so that it fires above the tank (Sun light always comes from above!) to create a more natural look compared to light comming from the on-board flash light. As I do not have an external flash, I seldom use the on-board flash because it would create an unnatural look.

Without flash, one has to balance between Aperture and Shutter speed to allow more handholdability, ie a faster shutter speed without sacrificing depth of field (DOF). It is difficult, as my priority is to increase DOF (with smaller aperture) so that the whole animal could be in focus, but this will decrease shutter speed (longer exposure time). This explains some of the blurry shots in my gallery because of handshake in the attempt to increase DOF.

All you need is a great amont of time and patience in order to capture the creature when they momentarily stand still! Or otherwise spend some more money to get an external flash!
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Wow, those are fantastic photographs! Thanks for sharing them.
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Nice pics man!
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Fine photography!
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wow, nice macros. (uhh nice is actually an understatement)
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