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By Tish1    
I seem to have been away for so long, feels like an eternity since I had the opportunity to pick up a camera. Accounts all completed, barr one, but he is always late and will be fined, bless his cottons.

My reward to myself for this last tax marathon was a macro lens, which I finally got a chance to play with yesterday. For what ever reason I assumed it would be no different from using any other lens, except I can get closer and retain more detail. It would seem I was wrong. I suspect there is a knack to using this lense, which requires much more practice; any hints and tips would be appreciated

Tags: Macro General Flower Flowers and plants Calla lilly

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9 Feb 2020 2:16PM
Two lovely versions, Tish.

Have fun with your new lens - have you tried using 'live view' when focusing?

Maybe you could use a wide aperture and take a series of images which focus on various parts of the flower head. These could then be combined using 'focus stacking' in Photoshop or another program - this could help to obtain focus across the whole of the flower head whilst retaining an out of focus background.

Hope you are keeping well.

Saastad Plus
1 16 14 Norway
9 Feb 2020 2:25PM
Two beautiful versions!

Stunning close ups.
Like both versions.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1732 England
9 Feb 2020 5:11PM
Manual focus is worthwhile.

So is using a focus rack: instead of altering the focus, you move the caemra backwards and forwards on a geared rack. Twentyish quid new on eBay, more for a good brand.

And it could be worth finding out about focus stacking. Macro lenses are less prone to diffraction problems than most other glass, but they still work better when they're not stopped down to the max.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
10 Feb 2020 12:27PM
Have to agree with above, and not stopping down too much, and also getting in close, manual focussing is better. However, a lovely close-up here, Tish, and like both colour and mono equally 👍
Trev 😀
10 Feb 2020 2:34PM
Great processing.
Both very well worked indeed.

10 Feb 2020 4:30PM
Both gorgeous Tish but colour a slight favourite Grin

11 Feb 2020 2:03AM
My favorite the mono. I have never used a rack. I do use live view when doing macro...and I agree with John about not stopping down so far.

gajewski 16 10 9 United States
11 Feb 2020 2:46AM
Not sure why you need tips. This is a great macro shot.
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
26 Feb 2020 12:50PM
Beautiful images Tish
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2020 7:25PM
Excellent images, I like both variants...
Good work. Isabel GrinGrin

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