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#1 Reciprocityrules

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 08:27 PM

I was going through my bee photos, and decided to post a few to share.  The edits on these were simple, and I think they're pleasing.  CC Welcome as always. 

 

300mm w/ext tubes, f/4, 1/320, 1/800, ISO 200

 

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 01:14 AM

Superb detail, wonderful lighting and you create a very pleasing scene when capturing your macro images Jonny ... Just really nice work indeed.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 02:31 AM

Great shots Jonny. Long lenzes give very nice close ups.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 07:41 AM

Beautifully simple.  lovely detail on the bee and the flowers


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

Thanks fellas!  I know they may get boring, but I really enjoy the close-up photography.  I also like the simplicity of the composition with the light playing a role on the subject.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 09:17 AM

Wonderful detail Jonny, very nice!



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Posted 28 May 2017 - 10:00 AM

So sharp, Jonny! I like the 2nd one best. Maybe because it seems more of the little critter is in frame.
Q- Do you always just use your longest ext tube? I'm getting a set, but why not always just use the longest?

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 04:39 PM

Thanks Doug!

 

Mark - I am not sure.  I use both of my tubes now.  The tubes will determine how close you can get to the subject, and too close isn't always good because it can spook the bugs.  It's all personal preference and what you're trying to capture.  Play with your set and see what works for you.  I actually photographed some sparrows with extension tubes.  They were nesting near a window, and two tubes didn't allow me to focus far enough whereas one tube put them in range. 

 

I recently got a Raynox DCR 250.  It's a magnifier that clips onto your lens.  I haven't used it yet, but a lot of folks on another forum use them.  It seems to have a very narrow focal range, but it magnifies. 


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 11:07 PM

I used both tubes on this one...you can see the window in the reflection in the eye :).  I just cropped the JPG - no edits.

 

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 05:23 AM

What the....

How did you manage to get that one, Jonny ?

When I stick extension tubes on my lenses, the max focus distance reduces to centimetres if not millimetres ... :o



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Posted 29 May 2017 - 06:41 AM

That guy was probably about 1.2 meters away.  Those tubes on that lens can focus pretty far - maybe to 2.5 or 3 meters.  Those sparrows nest between the concrete shingles, or whatever you call them, on the roof of the building, and they're bringing food to the youngsters.  I don't open that window much because it makes them nervous.  They come up to near the shingles, rest on a satellite dish or lightning rods, yell at me for a bit, dart into where the nest is and then do it again.  You have to "walk the focus" to the desired range by attaining focus along the way.  With the electronically-capable rings, everything functions like a normal lens.  These were taken with CAF - 10 fps focusing on the eye; you can see how shallow the DOF is.  Throw some tubes on that 600mm - these are on a 600mm equivalent.       


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Posted 29 May 2017 - 08:11 AM

Will do ! :)



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:10 PM

nice shots






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