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Old Jun 30, 2010, 4:19 PM   #1
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When I first started with macro photography I didn’t understand how some pictures could be made.
Those insects didn't wait. They always moved and …. fast.

One of those untouchable insects was a dragonfly.

My first idea was that I needed a long (super long) macro lens, with super fast macro focusing.
The short 105mm kiron macro lens I had would have to come to close and they would fly away, and manual focus you’ve got to be kidding.

That was then, this is how I think about that now.

–#1—C L O S E—————————————————————————————-

Spotted a dragonfly so slowly closed in to get a full frame shot of the insect.


1/125sec – f8 – iso200 – flash

or a 100% crop


link to the full size. http://rhermans.smugmug.com/Fauna/In...69_coXox-O.jpg

–#2—C L O S E R————————————————————————————–

after getting a few shots of the complete insect I set the lens to 1:1 and went a bit closer,
and took some more shots, this was the best I could get out of the series of 6.

(oh yes its a focus blend of two shots, to get the second eye in focus)


1/125sec – f8 – iso200 – flash

or a 100% crop


link to the full size. http://rhermans.smugmug.com/Fauna/In...90_Mjibf-O.jpg

–#3–T O—C L O S E————————————————————————————

ok that was close but I had a raynox dcr250 in my pocket so added it to the lens, (with the distance from the lens is about a 2.1:1) and went closer.

I did change the iso and f-stop because I knew I was going to lose a lot of light getting this close


1/125sec – f5.6 – iso280 – flash

or a 100% crop


link to the full size. http://rhermans.smugmug.com/Fauna/In...23_ZdsJG-O.jpg

But then again this is really to close, after 3 shots the lady had enough and flew away.

Although this shot is at 2:1, it doesn’t make a good shot.
It’s to large, the dof is to shallow, don’t really like the composition so … sometimes you can get to close with insects.

Hope not to have bored you to much, any c&c always welcome.

Ronny

(ps: all where handheld)
(pps: I still don’t know how some macro shots are made)
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Fantastic, Ronny!
Even the not so good shot is awesome.
And I still don't know how you get such nice shots hand held.
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That second shot is just astounding... and hand held... you must be a rock !
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Fantastic, Ronny!
Even the not so good shot is awesome.
And I still don't know how you get such nice shots hand held.
Thanks GW
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That second shot is just astounding... and hand held... you must be a rock !
Thanks Acapulco,

wish I was a rock, but a lot of not having motion blur is the result of using a flash.
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