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Can You See Me ?

By rburnage  
Garden spider demonstrating good camouflage and an opportunity to test out the 11mm Macro extension ring for my Fuji X-T1 (on the kit 18-55 XF) which I'e had for a few months, but this is the first time I've actually got out and used it.

Hand held using the MCEX 11mm macro extension tube with the Fujinon XF 18-55 set at 55mm

I've not done much macro hence up for critique for hopefully positive learning experience

Tags: Macro Spider Spider close up Wildlife and nature Fuji X-T1 mcex11

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dudler Plus
15 739 1423 England
16 Oct 2017 8:14PM
Paulbroad will be able to give really detailed feedback, as he has Fuji kit, and does wildlife closeups.

My thought is that 1/60 is too slow, by a long way. In this case, it's worked decently, but i reckon it could be better.

And hte standard things about a contrasting background, good lighting and so on also apply. Harsh light and a background that the insect is trying to blend with are not assets here: but a good first try.

Keep working on it!

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banehawi Plus
14 1.9k 3952 Canada
16 Oct 2017 10:44PM
Its a good try.

The 11mm extension tube (not extension ring) allows you to move the lens closer to the subject. It wont work like a macro lens (Fuji has an excellent 60mm macro lens).

From Fuji's data sheet, when using this at 55mm compared to 55mm without the extension, the maximum magnification of the subject is 0.37 compared to 0.15, so a little more than twice. A full macro lens is closer to 1.

Once you understand the limitation, its down to light, shutter speed and aperture. Aperture looks good; though the lens is OIS since the lens is physically close to the subject, consider a faster shutter speed; for this, I would not go slower than 1/125th. Push ISO up more, - the Fuji higher ISO performance is good, so you have a lot to work with.

Time of day, as suggested may have given some harsh light, - so experiment, - you have the basics.


dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 555 England
17 Oct 2017 11:03AM
The subject is a ecent size assuming this is the complete frame or not a major crop. There are numerous close up shots that get posted on the site that are clearly heavy crops which don't impress me. It's not good technique and the results suffer. Don't get me wrong, that's just a general observation ad not a criticism of this image but thee are those that should take note.

Willie has covered the technical side of things and I'd just say keep on experimenting and taking shots to gain experience and fully understand what you can achieve. Once you get into close-up photography it is addictive.
Then you'll want to get a proper macro lens, but the good news is your extension ring will still be useful (indeed it may be a regular companion!).

This does show how difficult the subject is to see but it is quite messy and the large leaf is a big distraction.
We can't (generally) choreograph the little beasties and you have to take what we can get, but scouting around for different angles, a subject in more attractive surroundings, or waiting for it to move are allthings to consider.
It may seem a contradiction to suggest having a camouflaged subject in an 'easier to see' location but still be 'hidden'. what that means is, no distractions that draw the viewer. For example, here my eye wants to explore the detai lof the leaf first.

However, I'm sure my early close-ups had similar issues, it was the excitement of gtting close in that drives you. But just like any photographic subject, background, foreground, etc. need to be considered too.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.3k 1979 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2017 11:16AM
The first thing I looked at in the Exif was the time of day this was taken - and it's very much as I expected. 1.10pm - sun high in the sky, light beating down creating overexposure on upward-facing surfaces, dark shadow immediately underneath, no angled light to show up textures and detail. It's the hardest time of day to get pictures of practically any subject using natural light out of doors.

You did well - but early morning or late afternoon would be easier.
TanyaH 15 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2017 1:58PM
Others are better placed than I to get technical with macro work, as I don't do any of that really. However, the one thing that did make me laugh was your title - "Can You See Me?" ... my immediate thought was "See what?!" Which kind of explains where I'm coming from with this image, and also echoes the other comments above. That garden spider is so well camoflauged that it's hard to make out and which isn't, I'd imagine, what you wanted?

Macro photography is a whole field in its own right, and in order to get stunning macro images you need to invest in the right gear to get 'em. Good on you though for getting out and actually doing it though ... much of the rest will come with experience, the more you do of it. But if you find that you're becoming serious about your macro photography, then you'd do well to invest in a dedicated macro lens for your Fuji.

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