A few macros for you

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  1. toruonu

    toruonu TPF Noob!

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    Thought on sharing a few views of the insect world:

    #1 - Old guy
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    #2 - The coming of night
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    #3 - Spider changing skin (I actually didn't know they did that until I took this shot with the wrong lens :)
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    #4 - What a face (it's a butterfly at 5x magnification)
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    #5 - Another face :) also 5x magnification
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    Your comments welcome :)
     
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    Nice shots. Love #3.
     
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    Wow!! What lens was those taken with? they're amazing your shots rock!!!
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Abstract: Technology used: EOS 20D + Canon MP-E 65 + Canon MT-24 EX flash. The MP-E can give you 1x-5x magnification.
     
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    Ooh thats the macro lens I've been looking at, its nice to see what it can do :D of course with your skill added too. I definitely think that lens is going to be top of my wish list now. Amazing pics I love them :)
     
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    abstract: Well if you consider getting that lens, then you also need to get some sort of macro flash as it's impossible to take any pictures with this lens and natural lighting. Maybe at 1x magnification, but that's not why you buy it :) I recommend the Macro Twin flash MT-24 as it enables you to set two light sources at different angles and different strength which gives you better control over lighting.

    What's also cool about these flashes is that as these will be you primary light source, then it doesn't matter what weather it's outside, you can take shots anyway. For example the first pic in this series is done about 1h after sundown :) So it was absolute darkness and I only focused using the flashes guidance lights.
     
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    Wow. These are so cool.
    Now with all this brilliant equipment - how do you tell the flies and butterflies and spiders to SIT STILL and POSE for you!?!?!?!?!
    I have tried to photograph butterflies out in the open, in nature, and before I was even anywhere NEARER they were gone again... My photos have all turned out bloopers!
     
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    Well as I mentioned you can take the shots after sundown or in early morning hours when they don't fly anywhere anymore/yet because it's too cold and they don't have the energy. Although it's true that it takes a lot of time to get a picture at 5x magnification as the focusing distance is just a few cm from the lens and the DOF at f/16 is about 1mm so any slight movement (breathing/wind, camera shake) will take the subject away from your field of view :D

    So as a single picture is better than 1000 words. This is me taking shot nr 3:
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    The spider is just a few cm away from the lens on that plant :D
     
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    Actually I think this photo describes the distance even better:
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    wow, what a set-up you have! love the shots. thanks for sharing!
     
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    :D Well just to be on the right side: the lens + flash is from a friend with whom we sometimes shoot macros and change lenses :D I personally haven't bought one yet :)
     

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