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Macro shots - comments please!

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by DRZ, 29 Jul 2006.

  1. DRZ

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    Some from this week! :)

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  2. DRZ

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  3. DRZ

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    All taken with my Sigma 105mm Macro and 430EX. For some (Definitely the ant shot, not sure about some of the others) I used stacked Kenko extension tubes.

    This was physically the most demanding 'shoot' I have ever done - the heat / humidity was almost unbearable and my clothes were wringing wet afterwards!
     
  4. Blackstar

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    They look amazing :) it was worth the trip and the heat. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.
     
  5. cyKey

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    That little turtle thing is ace. The other shots I braved also looked top notch.
     
  6. DRZ

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    Thanks!

    Two more I missed from the upload directory last night:

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  7. Sparky191

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    Where did you take them?
     
  8. King_Boru

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    Which lens were they taken with? And camera?
     
  9. DRZ

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    They were taken in a place called Butterfly World in Edinburgh.

    All the details are in the exif data, but I used a Sigma 105mm Macro, 430EX and a 300D
     
  10. Mister_Pister

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    2nd one for me, because of the colours :D All ace though
     
  11. Shimmyhill

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    The turtle one is very good, loving his/her expression !!!

    Is that sime sensor dust on one of the butterfly pics ?
     
  12. DRZ

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    Yeah, my sensor is getting to the "too dirty to continue" stage (for macro work at least).

    It is getting cleaned tomorrow though :)
     
  13. SDK^

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    The turtle image could do with being cropped, the large empty space on the left side is unnecessary.
    I think the ant photo would have looked better from underneath with it's jaws in focus.
     
  14. Belly

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    Do you do the cleaning yourself? Is it a frequent necessity? Is it costly?

    I really like your photos, in my opionion the two you initially left out are the best.

    Did you use a tripod, monopod, hand held or a combination?

    Great work and the results must be worth the effort!
     
  15. DRZ

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    I tried and it seemed to look unbalanced, so I cropped it that way instead. Maybe I just did it badly - im still learning! :)

    The ant was unfortunately on the bottom of a glass-walled tank thing, impossible to get at it from any other angle really (I was getting funny looks just leaning over the glass!)

    Should I be pleased that someone as good at photography as you only had those things to say about them, or a little bit disappointed? :p

    @Belly All of them were handheld! Cleaning isnt something you really have to do often and only costs a few quid to buy the stuff to do it. I am meeting up with a few of the people on here tomorrow in Liverpool and Lostkat kindly offered to do it for me / show me as I have never done it before - having owned the camera for about a year.
     
  16. Zheka

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    Very nice work mate. Love the first two.
     
  17. Belly

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    Any criticism aimed at improving one's performace is praise in itself! Of course the real lessons learned in life are the ones in which you made mistakes to begin with - you always remember those and try to correct them in future. I think lots of members give good critical advice, but some unfortunately belong to the "Mutual Back-Slappers Society" and who would gladly accept such praise?

    Real criticism should be aimed at people who do nothing! Don't be disappointed, wear it like a medal!

    Thanx for the info on cleaning. I'll try and read up on the subject before buying a DSLR
     
  18. themask70

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    Amazing shots, the ones that really caught my eye were the first and last ones, they just really seem to have some, well, 'oomph' i suppose.
     
  19. Mohain

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    Wonderful macros there. Love the turtle one, the raggedy butterfly and ant ones the best. Great stuff :)