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    Default My Virgin Macro Shots! - Critiques Please

    Shot these on the ZD 50mm Macro, comments appreciated, fire away!










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    Apart from the out of focus dragonflies, you really got to get much closer, dude. Remember, you're using a macro! Good starters though, keep it up!

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    Yeah, those damned mating 'flies wasn't keeping very still.

    As for getting closer, I tried. But them insects were kinda camera shy, got too close, they scooted. I guess patience is the name of the game for macros huh.

    Frustrating little things these insects are

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    Why not shoot flowers for a start? They don't move like insects do...

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    it seems that the insect are still as they have some unfinish business.

    luckily it is not mammals, there will be action rather than still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09
    Yeah, those damned mating 'flies wasn't keeping very still.

    As for getting closer, I tried. But them insects were kinda camera shy, got too close, they scooted. I guess patience is the name of the game for macros huh.

    Frustrating little things these insects are
    Do you keep still when mating? Insects are insects. They cannot pose for you. You have to adapt in their enviroment.

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    mammal is different compare to insect and fishes. we have more movement when doing that business. but i am just wondering if you have seen butterflies mate. they will keep their movement as low as possible, male might have their organs ripped off if the movement is too dramatic. fishes on the other hand simply fertile the eggs by spreading semens over it.
    try shooting a hunting or feeding insect. it will be more difficult, but a dog feeding shot is easier.

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    Yeah, u've got to get closer, what lens were you using?
    I think for insects macro photography, you should use 100mm lens or longer, at least.

    Take care where shadow is cast in pic #4, if it doesn't help in the composition, better recompose and leave it out. But I think above all else, you should get the subject sharp first. If you think a tripod is too much trouble, can consider a monopod.
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    Site is back up, finally!

    Using the 50mm Mac, would be going on another shooting session on Sunday.

    Will keep all the comments and tips in mind. Thanks for all the feedback so far folks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09
    Site is back up, finally!

    Using the 50mm Mac, would be going on another shooting session on Sunday.

    Will keep all the comments and tips in mind. Thanks for all the feedback so far folks!

    Good try. did u used just the 50mm? Any adaptors/converters/filters?

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    Yup, just the 50mm. Just did another macro shoot in SBG earlier today with a buddy.
    Will post them later, I *think* there is some improvement

    Thinking of getting the EX-25 for some image magnification as well.

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    Great start.

    Eventhough the 50mm f/2 lens gives you lots of light, you need tripod for razor sharp photo. Alternatively, add a TTL flash.

    Note that adding 25mm tube will make your working distance closer but you will have more problem if you don't use tripod or flash.

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    These are some that I shot the following week, still on the 50mm/f2 only, with monopod.


    Only managed this shot before the SBG gardener scared it away.


    This fella was on a dustbin, missing a front leg on the left side.


    Not exactly macro, but I liked the way this Oriental Whip Snake was posing for me, have a few more shots closer up.


    Also only managed this single shot before it flew.


    This shot gave me quite a headache, was unsure of how to compose it, how much flash to hit it, basically a trial-and-error shot. Appreciate advice on shooting this type of macro subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09
    These are some that I shot the following week, still on the 50mm/f2 only, with monopod.

    This shot gave me quite a headache, was unsure of how to compose it, how much flash to hit it, basically a trial-and-error shot. Appreciate advice on shooting this type of macro subject.
    With monopod is much better...

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    Hehe, thanks. Now saving up for a tripod

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    Some of the creatures look really scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09
    This is nice, if only it's brighter. can be the cover of a dance CD, trance or chill out ambient music tat kind...
    From Pentax to 4/3, back to Pentax and then back to M4/3 !?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09

    This shot gave me quite a headache, was unsure of how to compose it, how much flash to hit it, basically a trial-and-error shot. Appreciate advice on shooting this type of macro subject.
    maybe try going closer and a side shot? 4 me i would have gone in real close and focus on the ends of the red stalks(or wateva they were). it will add more impact to yr pic. BUt still it is a gd shot. Nice macro shooting

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    Default Re: My Virgin Macro Shots! - Critiques Please

    Actually I do have a brighter one, the shot I posted was the very next shot I took. I thought at that time that the original shot was overexposed.

    I did try to focus at the base of the red stalks, but boyyy did my eyes go

    Think I should not put off that corrective eye surgery any longer

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    haha all d macro shooting taking a toll on your eyes? btw i meant focusing d top end of the stalks not the base....

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