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  1. Hey all,

    It took me a while but I'm entering the world of macro:

    http://www.ferdychristant.com/blog/archive/DOMM-8TEKLT

    I'm an absolute beginner so it will take me a while to produce anything worth showing :)
    Replied 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
  2. Some first shots:

    Tree lichen Some oddly colored lichen covering a tree in our garden.<br />
<br />
Disclaimer: I'm very new to macro photography so please bear with me. Today I finally bought a Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Mikro lens, and these are some very early shots. Macro,Xanthoria parietina


    Purple flower closeup Disclaimer: I'm very new to macro photography so please bear with me. Today I finally bought a Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Mikro lens, and these are some very early shots. Flowers,Macro


    White flower closeup Disclaimer: I'm very new to macro photography so please bear with me. Today I finally bought a Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Mikro lens, and these are some very early shots. Flowers,Macro


    Still struggling a bit with focus control when shooting from hand.
    Replied 7 years ago
  3. Hi Ferdy! I think it's a good decision to start of macro-shooting with flowers - they don't move so much... ;-)
    Yes, it's stunning to experience these really really small distances between in and out of focus - you have your object focused sharply, you breathe, you're out of focus... Even using the tripod gets a brand-new experience: Try to get as close as 5 cm or so to something flat on the floor with your cam mounted to the tripod...
    Anyway, the macro world is definitely fun! I'm looking forward to gorgeous (and inspiring!) shots!
    Replied 7 years ago
  4. Thanks Gernot for the encouragement. It was in fact this very community that triggered me into getting started, go figure. It just made the exact same remark regarding breathing on another post, it really knocks off the focus :)

    I think the step towards insects will be hard, depending on the insect. A ladybug is manageable, but I often wonder how these macro talents capture damselflies with such accuracy. They're so moveable.
    Replied 7 years ago
  5. Same here, some of you guys and girls are really most excellent on macro.
    What really helps me is my small and very sturdy tripod, a non-IR remote control (in 2.4Ghz Haehnel Giga T Pro) and a lot of imagination (which I sometimes claim to have)

    The difficulty is live stock. Very hard to shoot, for you either need to stack your pictures (also very hard on a moving subject) or you need a f8 or higher to get a neat and sharp picture and a bit of depth of field.

    I now try to seduce little critters to either lay very still or I look for dead ones. Those are expert at lying very still, you'll be amazed.
    Passing of the leaves Today I saw a little worm<br />
Wriggling on his belly.<br />
Perhaps he’d like to come inside<br />
And see whats on the telly Geotagged,The Netherlands,hortensia,macro,purple,red,tulip,worm,yellow

    In this picture I found a dead squigly worm and put it in a cup of water to soak a bit. Just thought of it:) Then I took some colourful leaves and draped them on my desk. I took the worm out of the water, which amazingly revibed it for a few seconds. When I put it on the leaves it moved to this arching pose. And then it died.
    Bit of postprocessing.
    Oeps, my wife is here, I gotta drink some tea and chatter!
    Replied 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
  6. He Ferdy, I am realy curious what you bring us in the near future with macro photo's.
    I am a real fan of macro photo's.
    A lot of experimenting, and you will succeed with beautiful pictures.

    Replied 7 years ago
  7. hi Ludo,

    I had no idea you set up that photo as a scene. Good tip!

    I am wanting to photograph some of my brother's exotic fish in his aquarium. Any tips on that one? I'm thinking it will be double hard because they are small and moving.
    Replied 7 years ago
  8. Thanks Jeroen, I'll share my journey here and am allways open to learning. Replied 7 years ago
  9. Hey Ferdy. Welcome in the macro world!
    Focusing is indeed hard, even pressing the shutter button moves the camera. Just try to make multiple shots and with some luck you will have a sharp picture.
    Now we are both waiting for some warmer temperatures and bright sun to go outside on insect hunt :)
    Replied 7 years ago
  10. @Joost: Thanks for confirming the focus troubles. Luckily your suggested strategy is something I have adapted always: shooting a lot :) Replied 7 years ago
  11. To prevent camera shaking I either used the timer, which is tedious to setup everytime. Recently I have bought a timer, and that really does matter a lot. I'd say if you can spare the money buy one. I have a wireless one. Is it of any use? When zooming in 10x on the display, just touching your camera wil have a tremendous impact. Pushing the button on the camera will efect your image. It will need a second or two to stabilize again on its tripod.

    As to almost anything macro: if you can set it up it makes it a lot easier. I'm only discovering this, based on some of Istvar's pictues and asking around.

    As to flowers: set it up. Even the wind will make macro difficult. If you set it up in-house, your image will be frozen still and even a small lens opening is possible, with exposures of seconds and greater DOF without stacking images. That would not be possible as you can imagine outside.

    Fish on the other hand don't like that, so that will be a challenge with your reduced depth of field! Keep us informed:) And be sir-click-a-lot:)

    This forum is great to share hints and tips, and share trade secrets. I have some (newly acquired I admit:)) and share some:)
    Replied 7 years ago
  12. For focussing I move my little tripod a milimeter back or forward, or a few. There are things like macro rails, but a good one (you need two, forward-back and left-right) is very expensive. This works for me too. Replied 7 years ago
  13. Thanks for these tips Ludo, it does look like the harsh reality of a good macro is the use of a tripod. Totally not my style, but that's a realistic observation. By the way, I do have a tripod and remote, I just usually lack the time to set up a scene. Replied 7 years ago

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