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Day 05 August 2010: Macro photography

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nik111
nik111 ePHOTOzine Staff 6331 forum postsnik111 vcard United Kingdom
5 Aug 2010 - 12:01 AM

Today Ben Boswell's sharing his macro photography tips so we want you to get close to plants, flowers and whatever other objects you want to photograph. Then don't forget to post your results here.

If you're new to Photo Month you can find out more about it in the what is Photo Month forum.

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A handheld shot, and eventually it was one of the first attempts i took after purchasing the macro lens, you can call it Pete style...

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StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014947 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2010 - 6:38 AM

That's a cool shot.Smile

WilliamRoar
5 Aug 2010 - 8:05 AM

Wow good timing Tongue
Just got a macro lens for my birthday!
Lets get our knees wet...

LilyWren
LilyWren  4 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2010 - 9:09 AM

Wonderful shot!! Love the reflection Smile

MOONFAIRY
MOONFAIRY  4
5 Aug 2010 - 9:17 AM

Great shot

akh
akh e2 Member 101142 forum postsakh vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2010 - 10:45 AM

One from me:

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Tony

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110403 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2010 - 11:04 AM

One from my garden this morning, testing out my canon 100 f2.8 L IS (I love trading kit to upgrade and at the end of the deals this will have cost me around 50 - even my wife can't complain at that! Wink )
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Sorry its my favourite subjects - but we have so many on hand it seems rude not to shoot them Smile

JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
5 Aug 2010 - 11:41 AM

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Taken in my garden a few weeks ago in July.
JNC

cambirder
cambirder  107202 forum posts England
5 Aug 2010 - 12:20 PM

Being somewhat overcast and breezy here in Cambridge makes outdoor macro work a bit tricky, but it can still be done especially when the garden is full of hoverflies at this time of year. I just spent 10 minutes outside seeing what I could get to post. This shot is of our most abundant species Episyrphus balteatus, and there are around 270 more species to be found.

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Canon 7D, 100mm f2.8L, f8, 1/200s

cambirder
cambirder  107202 forum posts England
5 Aug 2010 - 12:30 PM

One more from this morning's mini safari.

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Scaeva pyrastri f8, 1/160s ISO 800

One tip I would give is not to get in too close. Standing back a little although losing the frame filling shot, increases the depth of field somewhat so you are more likely to get a sharp image, it is also less likely to scare the subject off and gives more leeway for a little bit of creative cropping in post production.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110403 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2010 - 12:50 PM

A couple of nice Hovers there Paul, we are seeing a sudden influx of the Scaeva in my garden over the last couple of weeks, nice as its not one I see so much of (we usually major in the Episyrphus, Bumble Bee and Dungfly mimics)

I agree with your comment on standing back and allowing a bit of crop space. It can also mean that if the little devil takes off as you hit the shutter you have the chance of a flight shot Wink )

cambirder
cambirder  107202 forum posts England
5 Aug 2010 - 12:58 PM


Quote: we are seeing a sudden influx of the Scaeva

Look out for "Hornet" hoverflies (V. zonaria) I saw my first Cambridgeshire specimen 3 years ago, and I've seen 2 this week alone (although did not manage to photograph either) so it looks like its a good year for them.

Last Modified By cambirder at 5 Aug 2010 - 1:00 PM
Scutter
Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2010 - 12:59 PM

Hoverflies are abundant this year and I find them relatively obliging to photograph!!

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ripleysalien
5 Aug 2010 - 1:35 PM

Two from yesterday



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Last Modified By ripleysalien at 5 Aug 2010 - 1:39 PM

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