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Feasting on my apples

By advancedbiker      
Tried my luck at a Macro lens, manual focus.... I only went out to check the bird table and found insects around the apples

Tags: Insects Wildlife Wildlife and nature

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aeras 4 6 Cyprus
17 Jun 2012 9:26PM
Nigel you say you used a macro lens. There is though severe noise and loss of detail and depth in your photo suggesting excessive cropping. Maybe you weren't close enough for the insect to fill the frame ?
You could also close your lens some more to gain some more depth into the frame since your speed was not too low. It would be better to use higher iso (800) to gain more depth by closing your lens 2 or so stops without sacrificing any shutter speed.
I tried a mod to remove the noise and adjust color , but image size was very low to begin with.

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3526 Canada
17 Jun 2012 10:03PM
Hi Nigel, - Charles has done a good job with the mod, so a few other areas for me. You used a 50mm lens, - you mention macro lens so I assume its the 50mm Macro.

The macro allows you to get quite close to the subject so severe cropping isnt needed. In fact this lens is a half macro, meaning the size of the subject will be half life sized, - theres an adaptor Canon have to make it a full macro.

In macro shooting, the single most important thing to know and understand is depth of field. This is controlled by the aperture, AND the distance to the subject, AND the focal length.

Heres a very useful link you should take a look at:

Use Aperture Priority and select a smaller aperture than you have, - you will understand why when you read the link; then use the ISO setting to get a shutter speed of at least 1/200 for this type of shot, and have access to a solid support. Your shots will just jump way up in quality.

Hope this is helpful,


paulbroad 9 116 1063 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2012 8:33AM
The main problem here is that it's not sharp enough and for this type of image it must be critically sharp. There is an indication of a plane of focus, but nowhere is the image fully sharp so we have camera movement. I assume this is a Canon lens - or is it third party? You are actually shooting at 80mm and the magnification factor also magnifies movement. You need a camera support - monopod or tripod, or a faster shutter speed, but also a much smaller aperture - f16 at least.

Macro lenses are computed to be much sharper at small apertures than none macro. Thus there is a problem - how to get fast shutter speed - small aperture - correct exposure. Increased ISO is OK but quality drops - the opposite to the intended effect. A support - OK, but difficult to position with insects. (Longer focal length macro lenses are better for insect photography - you are further away.) Many photographers us flash, specialist rigs or ring flash. Well managed, the results can be excellent without black backgrounds and there is now enough light with the flash providing better than 1/1000 sec.


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