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      • 50. Re: Up Close and Personal
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        Hi all. I thought i would share two setups that i use and the resulting photos.My first setup on top is a two light arrangement,that uses two manual units that fire full power each time. The other setup is a nikon ringflash that is ttl capable on film only. I basically did a test series at each magnification and fstop and then created a chart to use in the field. It may read at 1to2 use f16-22 etc.it is limited as far as choosing wider apertures but it is very repeatable. the two flashes give about 1 stop difference in output due to diffusers on the heads.the ringflash is great in the respect you can pick any aperture and ttl does the control.both give fairly good results that are predictable.The top monarch was ringflash,and the other was the two light setup. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1ONr3PAcm8mCsYb3J7EuR54063PG1" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1ONr3PAcm8mCsYb3J7EuR54063PG1_thumb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1pat6WmaCpRUjw8YuSzOxl0krJKHh5" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1pat6WmaCpRUjw8YuSzOxl0krJKHh5_thumb.jpg" border="0" />
        • 51. Re: Up Close and Personal
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          Beautiful, Donald.
          • 52. Re: Up Close and Personal
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            Ho,that bug is nice and sharp,and good exposure. the flash sync is the d70. i also concur with you on the diopters from nikon being good,but i understand canon has a gem as well. I said before i was all alone with this guy and his tripod had a label that said john shaw,i said why does your tripod have that on? and he said because thats me. he looked different than his book photo,but that was 10 years old.i did get my wife to get a shot of us together and he left me shoot his fuji 619 panorama for one roll. what a considerate man,and great photographer.

            Cathleen, that plant shot is nice and has nice composition.i can only view the precrop,but i like it just the way i see it.
            • 53. Re: Up Close and Personal
              shoot me now-d3u3se Level 1
              WOW, Donald, that's quite a lighting rig you have there (times 2)! Makes my homemade stuff look... homemade. :) I always stayed away from ring lights, but you produce good results with yours.

              It's true that Canon produces good diopters as well, but they are (or used to be) quite expensive comapared to Nikon's.

              Great story about Shaw. Did he let you keep the film you shot?
              • 54. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                As a matter of fact he did give me the roll. i was all googly eyed to be all alone with someone i had always admired. just me and him at the pemaquid lighthouse in maine.

                That bracket is from george lepp,and i tape all the wires down on it to prevent catching them on brush and such.i always thought the more sturdy and locked down you made it,the more repeatable your result would be. you are not always worrying if you bumped a unit or a cord was loose.

                The ringlight is good to ,because you can vary the side to side output for lighting ratios. I tend to like soft,even light,but directional light has its advantages.

                Gotta go do yardwork,talk to you later tonight hopefully.
                • 55. Re: Up Close and Personal
                  DS_Nelson Level 1
                  I don't have any "real" macro equipment, just a Minolta A1 with a macro mode. I did manage to get a pretty good shot of this critter crawling up my garage door.
                  • 56. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                    DS, you are doing great with the setup you are using.you got great color there. i dont remember seeing those little feet sticking out on the front legs before in any ive shot. i might have to go back and look,thats intriguing.
                    • 57. Re: Up Close and Personal
                      Ozpeter Level 1
                      Once again, what appeals to me is the 'portrait' quality. But I'm glad your garage door is nowhere near here!
                      • 58. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                        Here is a shot i posted before in a different thread. it is a cecropia moth. the shot on the left is the caterpillar,before it transformed into the stunning moth on the right. it luckily took up residency in our trumpet vine and made its cocoon there.i happened to come out the very afternoon it emerged and had some time to shoot before it took flight. If anyone is interested, i have seen them on apple trees on many occasions,but cant guarantee that is a host plant. It is not super close, but was shot with a 105 micro,using a trpod and available light for both. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1nCUlAh0slAktC9YyIEzmPyPo3B5D9" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1nCUlAh0slAktC9YyIEzmPyPo3B5D9_thumb.jpg" border="0" />
                        • 59. Re: Up Close and Personal
                          Ozpeter Level 1
                          Real before and after, Donald! <br /> <br />Here's an up close and personal, maybe not real macro? Shame about the leaf in the foreground. It was taken by just holding the camera on the ground and hoping it was pointing in the right direction. And being ready to run. I'm new enough to this country that I don't know what bites and what doesn't. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1FV7Diy1xkxMJyxu3BpXBT6OOtt65q0" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1FV7Diy1xkxMJyxu3BpXBT6OOtt65q0_thumb.jpg" border="0" />
                          • 60. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                            Ozpeter,i just got it.

                            I think i would have done the same with your shot. that leaf does get in the way,but not bad for the technique you used.

                            You are in australia i think? where did you move from?
                            • 61. Re: Up Close and Personal
                              Susan S. Level 1
                              As far as I know most of the Australian lizards are pretty harmless. The snakes are another matter. Our common local snake (Adelaide) is the brown snake, highly venomous and prone to coming indoors (they found one in the outdoor toybox of the childcare centre my kids went to..). Luckily they aren't that common in suburbia, but the local vet thinks there is one around near here at the moment due to the number of cat fatalities he's seen in recent weeks.
                              Edit: I like the angle of the lizard photo - I think critters generally look better/more interesting if you can get the view from their eye level.
                              • 62. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                DS, great shot. And he even smiled and said cheese for you!

                                Donald--it looks like little ladybugs on the top part of the caterpillar. I wonder if it's some kind of built-in deterrent for birds or something? Like ladybugs don't taste good, so nature made them the same color? Beautiful color.

                                Oz--the leaf doesnt bother me so much. Great shot, too.
                                • 63. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                  Ozpeter Level 1
                                  > As far as I know most of the Australian lizards are pretty harmless.

                                  Well, I hope you're right. I shall trust your advice. (How to dispose of a forum host in one easy step.... - no, seriously, others have told me much the same and said this one is a blue tongued lizard, a favourite with small boys to be captured and kept in a cardboard box, poor thing).

                                  Donald, I was a Londoner before I came here. You can tell by my accent. :)
                                  • 64. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                    Nice snake, Peter! You could rebuild the foreground, of course.

                                    Donald, I knew you had a strong photographic background when I first saw your images. You're a ringer! :) Thanks for staying around and for posting the images.

                                    I promise to screw my diopter on and give a try at a close-up as soon as I get caught up.
                                    • 65. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                      Cathleen, thanks and that critter is very unique,although i am not much of a naturalist,so explaining them is beyond my scope.

                                      Zog, you are one of several i have met here who has a great way of saying things. i wish i was as succinct at times. as far as being a ringer,i never had one photo class in my life,but do have a good deal of appreciation for nature and scenery.I shy away from being boastful,because there are far greater photographers around every bend.i used to even put myself down because i hated to appear better than anyone else. over the years i have come to realize,there is no need to be apologetic for your work. many people have enjoyed my work over the years and the thoughts they share with me have given me confidence in my vision.

                                      OZPETER,i did detect a slight accent but always wondered. I have always wanted to shoot the cotswalds,but never made the trip. ever been there?
                                      • 66. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                        Here is a leaf shot i dug out. i used a 105 micro on a tripod.it was shot using fuji velvia,and a tiffen 812 warming filter. I spotted this in my front yard last fall, and was drawn to the similar color red in the leaf and the sedum [i think]. i used a set of gold reflectors to bounce light into shadows for fairly even lighting. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1TR08H2tGA5GyexwaqIWPG3j7f4K" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1TR08H2tGA5GyexwaqIWPG3j7f4K_thumb.jpg" border="0" />
                                        • 67. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                          Susan S. Level 1
                                          I thought it was a blue tongue, but the tip of the tongue looked pink so I didn't say anything! We have quite a large one living under our shed. I'm a Londoner too, but I've been here for twenty three years. Enough time to work out what's safe to prod and what isn't more or less!
                                          • 68. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                            shoot me now-d3u3se Level 1
                                            I like the liz, Oz (The Lizard of Oz!)... sorry, couldn't help myself.

                                            Donald, that leaf bears a resemblance to something Shaw would shoot.
                                            • 69. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                              Sharon VL Level 1
                                              >The Lizard of Oz!

                                              • 70. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                Ho, i admit seeing a similarity. i wonder how much we all have in common in our vision,or if there is a subliminal memory of subjects that are recognized from seeing others work.I certainly never try to copy anyones shots, but i do know what i like when i see it and i guess it gets put in the memory bank to be drawn from in the future.

                                                Anyone going to share more,other than me. I love to look at new shots.
                                                • 71. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                  Sharon VL Level 1
                                                  I'm not too good at macros. I took this with a coolpix 4500. A piece of cedar. Cropped and level adjustments only.

                                                  • 72. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                    shoot me now-d3u3se Level 1
                                                    Donald, it was meant as a compliment. :) <br /> <br />Here's one. Guess what: <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1m03QxIYKDiqJu79Ok7ohBvZ8Rq0" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1m03QxIYKDiqJu79Ok7ohBvZ8Rq0_thumb.jpg" border="0" />
                                                    • 73. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                      Ho,i took it as such. that is a flower we had here in a hanging basket i think.lots of blooms i think,but cant remember the name.looks real close up. nice image

                                                      Sharon,thanks for posting,the only problem i would see is the out of focus highlights in the background.Sometimes a slight shift in angle is all you need,but if you dont have depth of field preview button,it is easy not to see those background details.
                                                      • 74. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                        shoot me now-d3u3se Level 1
                                                        &gt;nice image <br /> <br />Well, it's not a very good scan. The extreme crop reveals some posterization that's not as easy to spot in the full frame. <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1gIqKxj0QdH15gMxBT7LtkMDMcuIfh1" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1gIqKxj0QdH15gMxBT7LtkMDMcuIfh1_thumb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br />Not exactly a macro, but shot with the macro lens in available light. <br /> <br />Oh, it's a Christmas cactus. :)
                                                        • 75. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                          I think that is what i was picturing it to be. you must have had pretty calm conditions for it being that sharp in avail light. are you shooting film for these? i do see the posterization now you mention it. I was wondering,do you prefer the dark background in your shots?
                                                          • 76. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                            shoot me now-d3u3se Level 1
                                                            >do you prefer the dark background in your shots?

                                                            Sometimes. The grasshopper background went black because of the fast shutter/small aperture I used (flash photo, of course). The background in this cactus shot was just muddy and distracting, so I blacked it out.

                                                            It was very calm indoors when I took this. :)

                                                            All my shots are film.
                                                            • 77. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                              Susan S. Level 1
                                                              Lets see if the more elegant link works for me:

                                                              hakea flower
                                                              20D, 50mm f1.8 lens, +4 screw in close up lens, tripod, 380EX flash wearing an omnibounce to reduce the strength of the flash and allow me to take shots this close without blowing it out.

                                                              I tried them at different apertures - this one was f20 I think - too narrow, I'd have been better with a wider aperture to throw the background more out of focus (but the others I took were a lot wider and not enough of the flower was clear!).

                                                              I had to take it on the table rather than in situ as the lowest flower is about eight feet off the ground and I'd have needed a step ladder as well as a much taller tripod!
                                                              • 78. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                                Ozpeter Level 1
                                                                It works! I think I recognise the flower? It looks like one I tried photographing in bright sunlight last year, resulting in a total disaster... yours is radically better!
                                                                • 79. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                                  Susan S. Level 1
                                                                  It's an Australian native - one of these scrubby little trees that produces totally inappropriate looking flowers - these are just such an odd shape - little sputniks about an inch an a half across (this one is not fully open yet - most of the little florets are still to uncurl)
                                                                  • 80. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                                    Sharon VL Level 1
                                                                    >Sharon,thanks for posting,the only problem i would see is the out of focus highlights in the background.

                                                                    Donald, why do you think the background should be in focus? I liked the way it made the rough cedar stand out and thought the bokeh worked here.

                                                                    • 81. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                      Sharon, i meant the circular hotspots of light. i knew a very good photographer once who pointed that very thing out to me and i always try to avoid the breaks where the sky shows through.i am not trying to be critical of your shot,its just something to ponder. i like the background in the upper right,but those three white circles can draw your eye to them. you did a good job on the blurred background, i just wondered if a slight shift in angle might have given a smoother background.What i mentioned before sharon,was that if your camera does not have a depth of field preview button, you may not even be able to previsualize the background,because you cant see the working aperture before the shot is made,and that can be tricky to judge what the background will do. keep them coming

                                                                      Susan, that is a nice close up,and the soft light looks great.What is the background? it looks like slate or something. i thought that flower was much larger than you said, when i first looked at it.
                                                                      • 82. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                        Finally got a moment, so here's one using a dioper and long zoom. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=11D5CvdMxBuT4mUAxFpYQlLhdzeu0" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/11D5CvdMxBuT4mUAxFpYQlLhdzeu0_thumb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br />Gator eye for Grass.
                                                                        • 83. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                          Zog,i am not sure what i am looking at and that is just fine.i did not understand the gator eye for grass term. did you do any post shot alterations.it almost looks like metal or something ,but im just guessing. cool shot and rich color.
                                                                          • 84. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                                            Susan S. Level 1
                                                                            Donald - the background is a dark green plastic, slightly textured (outdoor) table.
                                                                            • 85. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                              Our friend Grasshopper had shot some alligator photos, and I teased her about getting a close-up of a gator eye. This is a beautiful little glass marble that I got at an Open Studios event. <br /> <br />I did a good deal of work on the image, saturating color, opening shadows, defining edges, transforming my thumb out, rotating 180°. <br /> <br />Here's a before for you. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1rptOn33Jj8yd1atYirq3Yor4p0Wyt1" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1rptOn33Jj8yd1atYirq3Yor4p0Wyt1_thumb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br />edit: I think I finally got it right
                                                                              • 86. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                                Donald, you've never had formal instruction in photography? Probably nothing lost really if you endeavor to understand on your own, except for the introduction to the history of photography.

                                                                                The vision is the thing for me, and you have it. The leaf on the sedum is simply arresting.
                                                                                • 87. Re: Up Close and Personal
                                                                                  Susan S. Level 1
                                                                                  Now I can see what it is Zog! Easy when you know. I like the colours.

                                                                                  Glass is a fun to shoot closeup - I love the patterns of light that appear and the little details you see that aren't apparent at first glass - a case of the familiar appearing unfamiliar

                                                                                  Glass shell

                                                                                  Not quite macro, but definitely closeup - the object is about an inch and a half tall - Canon G3, lit by slaved flash directly behind the object through the sheet of transluscent paper I was using as a backdrop.

                                                                                  Glass sculpture

                                                                                  A close up of a six inch tall glass sculpture (the artist responsible has a twenty foot tall fountain in the Adelaide Botanic gardens near the tropical house) Same camera, I think lit from the side by a desk lamp.
                                                                                  • 88. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                                    Regarding shooting glass objects. A fun trick is to use painted wood, foam core, etc., that you can cut a hole into just slightly smaller than the base of the glass object. Light it from underneath. If you have a tabletop set-up that is black you can get some interesting results.

                                                                                    You can experiment with diffusion materials over the hole, etc.
                                                                                    • 89. Re: Up Close and Personal
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                                                                                      Zog, i never had any training and i am sure some would say, thats obvious. that is probobly why i get so caught up in that debate,because i know encouragement over the years has greatly boosted my self confidence.for some reason i cannot view pixentral right now to look at the photos.thanks for the sentiment <br /> <br />Susan, that is impressive if that is a table.looked like forest to me.I also think you did a good job on the glass work.that cant be easy. <br /> <br />Colorfulbird, those suggestions about shooting sound very helpful and if the need ever arises,i will try it. <br /> <br />Here is some soap on a tennis racket frame i did years ago.it is an area of about4x5inches.i used to try crazy things,but i got to a point of saying whats the purpose? i guess nature just draws me more. the soap moves and bursts in short order,and then you redip the racket. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pic=1LdXF1rj0RgVpthMkgnDUCvuLXHD" /></a> <img src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1LdXF1rj0RgVpthMkgnDUCvuLXHD_thumb.jpg" border="0" />
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