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    Default Flowers + Wind = Macro Nightmare

    I'm into Macro photography. No, not the bugs type but the flowers and fruit type.

    I would like to consult Macro Gurus out there on how they overcome the issue of wind (no NOT the stomach type! ) when shooting flowers etc... Is waiting THE only way to go?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Flowers + Wind = Macro Nightmare

    Any Macro Guru care to offer advice?

    Like...any props to get in such situation? Someone actually recommended a ring flash but since it costs a bomb (oops, sensitive word these days), are there any cheaper solution apart from waiting?

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    Hi there,

    I am no expert because I dont even have a macro lens...and havent taken much macro shots. However, I have seen someone use her tripod legs to sort of hold the plants in place. Also, they have this clothes peg kind of thing which can hold the flower in place while u photograph them and the peg is connected to the tripod. But I think, what about placing urself to block the direction of the wind and lessen the impact. Macro flash should be cool!

    tltan

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    Quote Originally Posted by tltan
    Hi there,

    I am no expert because I dont even have a macro lens...and havent taken much macro shots. However, I have seen someone use her tripod legs to sort of hold the plants in place. Also, they have this clothes peg kind of thing which can hold the flower in place while u photograph them and the peg is connected to the tripod. But I think, what about placing urself to block the direction of the wind and lessen the impact. Macro flash should be cool!

    tltan
    u must b refering 2 d Plamp by Wimberley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz
    u must b refering 2 d Plamp by Wimberley.
    Hi Sore-eyez, u are right, the name is something like that.

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    Patience?

    I remember reading an article on a local photographer who took the city scape with water (river) reflection.

    He waited for 1 week for that moment with no (or minimum) wind where the water are still like mirror.

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    Default Re: Flowers + Wind = Macro Nightmare

    Hey, the PLAMP looks cool.

    http://www.tripodhead.com/products/plamp-main.cfm

    Anyone knows where to get one and how it is here?

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    Cathay Photo at Peninsular sure have, but I forgot the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeWolf
    Patience?

    I remember reading an article on a local photographer who took the city scape with water (river) reflection.

    He waited for 1 week for that moment with no (or minimum) wind where the water are still like mirror.
    not every1 so free arhx...

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    Default Re: Flowers + Wind = Macro Nightmare

    get d biggest brolly u can find & block d wind??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astin
    Cathay Photo at Peninsular sure have, but I forgot the price.
    75! EACH!
    Logging Off. "You have 2,631 messages stored, of a total 400 allowed." don't PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    75! EACH!
    It can hold the flower still, so the price is worth it.

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    actually, u think a piece of wire can do the same job? or those Bendable ruler (use during secondary school) stick one end with a clothes peg? Dont seem very common to use Plamp here in Singapore.

    But anyway, of course the original products work best and can secure to the tripod as seen. Cool.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Flowers + Wind = Macro Nightmare

    Thanks people,

    I think I will pop by one day and see the product for myself. $75 seems high for a simple clamp but if it does the job well then...what price a perfect shot?

    Then again...I was thinking, the clamp may hold the stem secure but the petals will still move so...May not achieve it's purpose. Maybe I should start a new thread entitled: " Effectiveness of the PLAMP" and see if anyone has used it.

    If it's not effective then maybe like one CSer mentioned, a big GOLF umbrella, provided it does not compromise the available light.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by tltan
    actually, u think a piece of wire can do the same job? or those Bendable ruler (use during secondary school) stick one end with a clothes peg? Dont seem very common to use Plamp here in Singapore.

    But anyway, of course the original products work best and can secure to the tripod as seen. Cool.

    Cheers,
    tltan
    Your method and the plamp work the same way, only that your method has a higher chance of destroying the flowers...

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    Get 2 reflectors to block the wind and reflect the light to the flower for better lighting exposure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astin
    Your method and the plamp work the same way, only that your method has a higher chance of destroying the flowers...
    Hi Astin,

    You are right, will have greater chance of destroying flowers, cutting off their supply routes. Thanks for the input.

    Regards,
    tltan

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    Get 2 reflectors to block the wind and reflect the light to the flower for better lighting exposure.
    not a cheap solution...

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    Default Re: Flowers + Wind = Macro Nightmare

    1 hand hold camera, 1 hand hold the flower stem, done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    1 hand hold camera, 1 hand hold the flower stem, done!
    wah, free Plamp!! its my v own hands!!

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