Bee macro (inspired by TCimages - I'm not kiddin' :D )

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  1. niforpix

    niforpix TPF Noob!

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    I think I'm finally starting to understand how to shoot macro (properly) after screwing around with my camera on my day off. Haven't done macro in months... Unfortunately I didn't have my 580ex on me, and I still don't have a softbox to make the lighting not as harsh.

    C&C welcome!

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  2. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nod bad atall, the little guy is covered in pollen.
     
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    Thanks niforpix. If you don't have a softbox take a papertowel and cover the flash head. This can help diffuse the light more than you may think.

    With external Flash, use these settings:

    Mode = Manual
    Shutter =200
    Aperture =f13
    ISO=100
    Focus Mode = Manual or AI Servo

    This will work for almost all your shots.
     
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    niforpix TPF Noob!

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    Battou = that guy was clean before he landed on the flower lol

    TCimages = Thanks for the tip. Next time I shoot with the flash I'll try those settings and see what kind of results I'll get. Do you still recommend covering the flash with something like paper towel?

    When I shot this bee I had these dettings:

    Mode = Manual
    Shutter = 125
    Aperture = f11
    ISO= 100
    Focus Mode = AI Servo

    I'll try your settings next time :)
     
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    TCimages TPF Noob!

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    Those settings are fine, however it may be tricky to handhold.

    Some people use homemade diffusers from those clear plastic milk jugs as well. Anytime you can diffuse the light to prevent the harshness, it's a good thing. I would experiment some. Try Google.

    good luck
     
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    Very cool shots. He's a busy little bee, hope he took some cleritan before heading to work..........:D
     
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    I say you are on the right track...good shots! Here's a DIY Ring-Flash that has been working for me very well.
     
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    awsome! i love the p.o.v. from 2!
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very good macro shots - the depth of field in them is very good!

    I can second the tissue paper/toilet paper infront of the flash - works well!

    interseting l have worked my way so similar settings as TC

    Mode = Manual
    Shutter =1/160sec
    Aperture =f13 (after seeing a few macro shooters round here using and getting good depths of field)
    ISO=200

    and if you can get to sit on the floor for a shot you can go really low with the shutter speeds (dependent of course on your subject also being rather still)
     
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    Nice shots, next time you might want to try to get the bees on a more brightly colored flower so they stand out more, that my oppinion though. Very nice.
     
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    Sorry for the quick thread jack, but I should be able to shoot macro shots with a 75-300mm f/5.6, right?
     
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    Thanks guys! :D

    TCimages - thanks for all the tips :)

    laxtalionis - wow, that's a pretty good looking ring flash for "home made"! How long did it take you to make it?

    photo28 - I know what you mean. This was just taken right by my grandma's place. She doesn't really have a garden other than these flowers. It was the first time I played around with the settings TCimages suggested, so I wasn't really going for anything pro hehe :p
     

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