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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.
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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...
That's a cool shot.
Wow good timing
Just got a macro lens for my birthday!
Lets get our knees wet...
Wonderful shot!! Love the reflection
One from me:
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! )
Sorry its my favourite subjects - but we have so many on hand it seems rude not to shoot them
Taken in my garden a few weeks ago in July.
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.
Canon 7D, 100mm f2.8L, f8, 1/200s
One more from this morning's mini safari.
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.
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 )
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.
Hoverflies are abundant this year and I find them relatively obliging to photograph!!
Two from yesterday
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