1st Attempt at African Violet flowers

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  1. katsrevenge

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    I think I have a long way to go...good thing it's bonkers cold outside. tiny (1 of 4).jpg tiny (2 of 4).jpg
    Manual focused 35mm with extension tubes.


     
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    looks like the pic could use more "DOF" .... smaller aperture?
    but it's amazing any flower could bloom in this sub-freezing cold
    (unless you're in the southern hemisphere ... Africa or Australia)
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    I think the DOF was smallish... I think I had it around f11? I don't remember and it's a manual lens so there is no data. Next time I will try an even smaller f stop.

    I think I just need to get better at focusing on tiny things! LOL

    These little guys live on a table in my kitchen underneath a few lights. I always keep some stuff growing through the winter to stay sane. AVs are easy enough to bloom under even a cheap purple LED plant light. I mean..We had a high of 12F today. It was great to be in the double digits!
     
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    It's been cold here too, but our low (14F) was above your high so I can't complain too much. Agree on the DOF, a little more would be better. Also, be careful not to place the focal point to close to the center (in most cases, that's not a good thing as it tends to make an image more static).
     
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    Finally had some decent looking flowers mature (I have a slight bug issue, grrr)
    In interest of full disclosure, I am using extension tubes on lensbaby. Absolute full sharpness is just not going to happen. I did stop down quite a bit for these, and they are much clearer! (I want to eventually get an actual macro lens...but it will have to wait until I'm no longer unwillingly job free.)

    [​IMG]Creamy AV by Kat M., on Flickr

    [​IMG]Yellow Balls by Kat M., on Flickr

    And for fun, here is an orchid. They are very weird up close.
    [​IMG]Flower-Mantis! by Kat M., on Flickr
     
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    How do you like the Lensbaby? I’m considering one for artsy flower stuff. Are you using a Velvet or a Sweet Optic? What focal length and what length extension tube?
     
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    I like the ones in post 5 better, but I think further out (with more of the flower showing) would work better.
     
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    I don't have the velvet lens, I wish I did, I did get a Trio 28 that has a velvet glass on it but I haven't used it for anything here.

    These were taken with the lensbaby extension tubes, 24mm total. I used the Edge 50 for the last batch. I do have a sweet 35 optic too, it gets a lot closer, but I really would need to set up a space for a tripod. I'm too shaky with that closeness free-hand. They're also selling magnification filters to put on the front of the newer optics now too. But maybe those might be cheaper off brand..? Haven't looked TBH.

    I seriously love mine. I think I've had one on my camera more or less since I got it. I put a 'creative' optic in a muse body then walked around in a snowstorm.. and really loved what I got out of the camera. The sweet in the composer makes for ethereal trees. Have yet to really get to use them on people. I also really like distortion and oddities in images, so that really influences how I feel about them.
     
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    Are those still considered macro? Or just close up? I'll admit to a lot of fuzziness on what is and isn't macro. I like those shots too, I was just trying to get closer, if I could.
     
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    Beautiful shots.
     
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    Well strictly speaking close up, but saying that I think the skills of taking a whole plant is not the same as taking something bigger like a person.
     
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    My understanding of macro is 1:1 or more (usually greater than life sized) but I think the term is pretty widely used to represent anything close-up.
     
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