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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2013, 01:19:09 PM »
A bit of "harmless" fun !!! Just started playing with reverse mounting my lens for extreme macro's ! Any constructive feedback would be much appreciated ! Details on my set up are on the site. Also i must say that the pictures where not tempered too much with in post.
Hope you enjoy:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antonispapavasiliou/sets/72157634714073345/


p.s. harmless is in quotation marks as i was using a 35mm zeiss reversed ... maybe not a good idea exposing the rear element of that lens.  ::)
Lovely pictures. Was the lighting just the sun?

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2013, 01:19:09 PM »

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2013, 12:35:02 PM »
Nice shots.  How were you able to get so close without spooking the bugs?  Wish I could do that.
Be patient and you can do it :)

Those were some good tips.  Much appreciated. 
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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2013, 03:52:39 AM »
Nice pictures!

This is the type of photography I spend most time on. I have recently started to get annoyed by flashes in macro photography. No matter what kind of a flash you use, it ruins the picture in some way. Rectangular flashes cause annoying rectangular light areas on the eyes of flies for example. With jumping spiders you end up seeing a reflection of your complete flash gear.

The focus is not spot on on all of your pictures. Example:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/antonispapavasiliou/9328537496/#in/set-72157634714073345/lightbox/

Here you see that the focus is behind the head/eyes on the hairs on the fly's back. The flash problem I mentioned is also visible on the eyes. To get the focus right, you just have to take multiple shots and hope for the best. There is also dust on your sensor. The spots show up on macro shots easily, but you can also remove them in PP without too much work.

:) I rarely see perfect macro shots and I'd say I have taken none myself. There is always something that can be done better.

Hey mate,

Much appreciate all you wrote :) i have also just started playing with macro so this are merely my training shots :) i have seen excellent macro shots out there and i will keep practising to try and master this (i hope) :)
When it comes to the flash though i wasnt intending on using it as the one light source but more as a filler to the ambient light ! Though i do get what you mean by annoying rectangular lighted areas ! As i said, theres always room for practise and i'll keep experimenting taking in mind all you said as well :D

Many thanks,

Ant 

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2013, 03:57:26 AM »
A bit of "harmless" fun !!! Just started playing with reverse mounting my lens for extreme macro's ! Any constructive feedback would be much appreciated ! Details on my set up are on the site. Also i must say that the pictures where not tempered too much with in post.
Hope you enjoy:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antonispapavasiliou/sets/72157634714073345/


p.s. harmless is in quotation marks as i was using a 35mm zeiss reversed ... maybe not a good idea exposing the rear element of that lens.  ::)
Lovely pictures. Was the lighting just the sun?

Hey rpt,

i was using mostly the ambient light and then filling with a flash ! As dick mentioned earlier you can spot the flash on some photos as you see some rectangular lighted areas ! But i do tend to mostly use a nice soft ambient light as it makes things look a lot more vivid !

Best, :)

Ant 

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2013, 03:58:44 AM »
Nice shots.  How were you able to get so close without spooking the bugs?  Wish I could do that.
Be patient and you can do it :)

Those were some good tips.  Much appreciated.

Anytime mate  ;D

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2014, 11:02:34 PM »
I found a cobweb running toward one of my light stands today; what else could I do?  This one was maybe a quarter-inch across at rest, a couple flashes bounced from above, one from below, Tamron 90mm macro.

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2014, 03:30:18 AM »
Do you think that a large (i.e. 10" x 6") softbox which protrudes to the end of the lens would help with the rectangular light reflections in macro work? or would that emphasise it???
I love the iridescent green of the fly’s behind, but I can see how the flash has impacted on the colour, I just wonder if the softbox idea would help with that?
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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2014, 03:30:18 AM »

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2014, 08:03:26 AM »
Do you think that a large (i.e. 10" x 6") softbox which protrudes to the end of the lens would help with the rectangular light reflections in macro work? or would that emphasise it???
I love the iridescent green of the fly’s behind, but I can see how the flash has impacted on the colour, I just wonder if the softbox idea would help with that?
And what’s the deal with Flickr? Are your images protected more than on say Facebook or Photobucket??  I also really need to figure out how to add a copyright symbol and signature to my images, I have Elements 12 but I’ve only used it once!!
Hey mate, only just saw your post. Been a very busy period and haven't had the chance to log here or either Flickr to add more photos. Now, taking your queries one at a time.
I did try using a soft box but what ended up happening was the soft box covering my subject thus getting it under exposed. see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/antonispapavasiliou/9328535364/
Unfortunately since then i moved to another house with less of a mess in the garden which means i don't get to see as many bugs anymore unless i venture towards the country a bit which would scare the old people around my area ( a slow moving guy on his knees for hours and hours trying to shoot bugs)  ;D ;)
I also see what you mean by the flash "affecting" the colours a bit but i'll be honest i kinda like it ! I'd prefer a more natural feel to it but i guess giving them a "model" look sometimes gives a different feel to the photos.
As for Flickr am not sure how much safer it is from Facebook ( i know FB owns any photos that are uploaded there) but i like the interface you get with Flickr. Strictly photography and no other annoyances… As for a copyright symbol and logo just make a template using any software you have and then layer it onto of your images ! That's how i do it !!
P.s. Thumbs up on your photos on Flickr.

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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2014, 09:01:59 AM »
Ant,
Very nice photos!
Have you thought of tubes to increase the apparent size in your macro shots?
The camera end of the lens will not be harmed with the tubes, nor does it reduce IQ as well as making focus easier.
Good work.
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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2014, 07:46:21 AM »
Why all the criticism regarding 7D for macro, Ive been using 7D and get great results, you sure your using ISO to its full potential? You can see a few samples on my Flickr page.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/just-in-credible/

Flash will help, I use a 580EX on a Macro bracket to get these results, but even with this, i expect to use fairly high ISO to keep natural looking backgrounds. Flash is primarily for fill use only!
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Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2014, 07:46:21 AM »