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    Macro Fun!

    One of my favorite photo activities is to get out the 105 mm and shoot closeup. You can make the ordinary seem extraordinary sometimes and have a ball doing it. Yesterday afternoon I first noticed one of Joy's flowers in full bloom on the deck and it seemed to be calling my name over and over until I pulled out the D700 and the 105mm to snap a few pictures of it. Here are some of the results. Yep I did attach a tub for a couple of the images. Now that I have started things off let's see some of your macro shots.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Beautiful shots, all of them, but #2 is especially striking!
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Thanks Loupey. I know you do beautiful macros. I hope you'll play.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Very nice Larry! I too really like #2 and that crisp edge around the last image really makes it stand out as well.

    Did you shoot these against a black background or is that how they came out because of the lighting?
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by mjs1973
    Very nice Larry! I too really like #2 and that crisp edge around the last image really makes it stand out as well.

    Did you shoot these against a black background or is that how they came out because of the lighting?

    Thanks for the look and the comments. I too think #2 is my favorite of this lot. As for the background it was a piece of black cloth draped over the deck rail behind the plant that gave me the nice black background. In the field I will sometimes use the black cover on a folding reflector that I carry with me to achieve the same effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Timer
    As for the background it was a piece of black cloth draped over the deck rail behind the plant that gave me the nice black background. In the field I will sometimes use the black cover on a folding reflector that I carry with me to achieve the same effect.
    I love the effect. I keep a couple yards of black velvet around to do the same thing.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Here's one I did the other night for my photography club assignment.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Nice stuff!
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    That's a cool shot, Mike!
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by mjs1973
    Here's one I did the other night for my photography club assignment.

    Outstanding Mike I love the lighting effect.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Well I haven't been out shooting my normal subjects in weeks so I don't have anything new to share. I plan on shooting N&W today and tomorrow so we'll see what I get.

    I did shoot this for my daughter a few weeks ago. Buggers are faster than one might expect. Much easier shooting running dogs.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    I'll Play,My Son has this interesting Digital Camera/Microscope great fun to play with this is at the 100X setting


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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Right after I "hung up" from making the previous post, I hit the trails with my trusty 300mm, a pocket full of extension tubes, and my faithful puppy (who is now trained to sit patiently and wait whenever I stop to shoot something).

    Managed to get three quick portraits with what was left of the morning light.

    Thanks, OT, for the inspiration to get back out there!
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by Loupey
    Thanks, OT, for the inspiration to get back out there!
    Your welcome Loupey. Your results were well worth the effort.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Hi Old Timer,

    I have the Sigma version of the 105mm, and love it. Adding extension tubes adds another whole dimension, not to mention change the way you think about DOF and lighting.

    I've added some recent and not so recent macro shots taken with a combination of extension tubes and 105mm Macro, as well as just the macro lens.







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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Outstanding contribution to the thread danic! Tubes do open up a whole new world of macro and I have Loupey to thank for reintroducing me to them. I used them years ago but just got away from them until he until he started posting some great tube shots on the N&W forum. I absolutely love that last one, maybe because I'm such a fan of the color blue.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Tomatoe.......
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Can someone explain these tubes please? I enjoy macro, but am fairly new to getting more in depth with my photography.

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    An extension tube is just a spacer that sets the lens further away from the body. The sensor is now further from the rear of the lens so the focus point is closer to the front of the lens. If you can focus closer, you can make it look bigger. - TF
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Loupey wrote a really good write up on extension tubes in the N&W forum

    Extension Tubes - Full Disclosure
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    I'll add some. I think the first one used tubes behind a 100 f/2.8 macro lens. - TF



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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by danic
    Hi Old Timer,

    I have the Sigma version of the 105mm, and love it. Adding extension tubes adds another whole dimension, not to mention change the way you think about DOF and lighting.

    I've added some recent and not so recent macro shots taken with a combination of extension tubes and 105mm Macro, as well as just the macro lens.
    danic - the flower images are fantastic!

    I'm thinking of stealing your ideas here with some flowers I just gave my wife.
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    Re: Macro Fun!

    Wonderful, beautiful shots OT. 2 & 5 had my jaw dropping.
    It's not blurry. It's bokeh.

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    Two of my most recent favorites.

    I find macro very enjoyable. It's like digging for buried treasure.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Loupey
    danic - the flower images are fantastic!

    I'm thinking of stealing your ideas here with some flowers I just gave my wife.
    Go for it!

    My missus always complained when I took photo's of "her" flowers :rolleyes5:
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