My 1st noob macro attempt at cactus plant (55-250 with Raynox 250).
*65mm, f22, 0.8s on Tripod*
*250mm, f32, 3.2s on Tripod*
*removed, refer to Spree's explanation of 1:1 and 5:1..*
- my smallest so far is a 水梅花 (English name: Sacred Buddhist, Wondrous Wrightia, Wild Water Plum, Water Jasmine), aprox 1cm in diameter... which will require heavy cropping (if without Raynox or accessories to allow closer focusing) and in the end delete away cos IQ cmi..but I seldom take shots at this magnification..
@ TS, this was one of my shot using Raynox 250 @ 250mm (EF-S55-250) of this flower
*pardon my noob shot. But this image should be also suffering from abit of diffraction...cos I used f32 or something like that *
- This is my normal "close-up range", but standing 1.x meters away makes me feels weird, which is one of the reason why I'm still considering a macro lens..
The flower is aprox 4cm in diameter.
Was wondering, if u use a raynox issit a must to use such small aperture??? If really there's a need, do u use external flash or a mini soft box to pump in more light for the subject?
Last edited by jiaxuan90; 27th August 2011 at 12:00 PM. Reason: writing
Another enquiry, .
Is this shot taken with macro lens?
For flash, macro shooters I've read about use their DIY diffuser (I think it's called Victor Diffuser...you need to use the forum search for this one) to get diffused light.
But according to my readings, It should be more or less the same... cos the ultimate aim is to diffuse the light and "spread" it as wide as possible. But DIY is MUCH cheaper than buying a ready made softbox.
The victor diffuser (IIRC) is made using a
- Daiso Chopping Board $2 (I think it's the flexible one)
- some foam paper (~$5? I got it from popular for some of my macro uses)...
- Scissors (if you need it to cut the chopping board, daiso have it at $2 too )
I believe the soft box already cost more than $10.
I was even more budget than you on one occasion where i really have to make do with what i have.
I shoot this shot using tissue paper and A4 size white paper as a diffuser.
Light source is very small in hard cap diffuser. U need to "spread" the light...
Are you sure you see many macro shooters using omnibounce? Every macro shooter I know do not use it. The omnibounce does not spread and diffuse the light enough, causing harsh shadows to form on the subject. This will make the lighting look very unnatural and also cause a lot of reflections off insects with more reflective exteriors.Originally Posted by jiaxuan90