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Old Sep 11, 2010, 9:07 AM   #1
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Hello friends

Well, after about 4 years since I bought my first DSLR (Canon 350D), I have now purchased my first true macro lens- the Canon 100mm USM.

A friend of mine has the same lens - and about 18 months ago I borrowed his copy - and loved it.

Here are some of the first photos I've taken with my macro lens. I decided to try a variety of things (plants, little creepy-crawlies). This post is of a (hairy) caterpillar - which looks quite scary up so close and 'big'.

I'm enjoying playing and learning about the macro world.

Photo 1, side view of the caterpillar (tripod mounted).

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Old Sep 11, 2010, 9:10 AM   #2
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And here is another view - this time the same caterpillar from the front. It's not so easy to see in this shot, but I could actually learn how these creatures 'eat' by looking through the lens live as well as reviewing the photos.

It certain pays to have a good tripod. I've got a solid Manfrotto with a nice head, which makes decent macro so much more achievable.

Looking forward to your comments and feedback.

Many thanks.

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Great shots pj....I love Aussies and their scary caterpillars!

Just 100mm macro lens, and tripod?
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Hi BillboTex

Thanks for posting. Glad you love us and our scary caterpillars.

Yes, it was just with the 100mm macro and tripod. As the day was quite overcast, the light was fairly soft and diffused, so it allowed me to take these photos without too harsh shadows.

Thanks again.

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Congrats on the lens. I have this one and it is one of my favorites!
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And here is another view - this time the same caterpillar from the front. It's not so easy to see in this shot, but I could actually learn how these creatures 'eat' by looking through the lens live as well as reviewing the photos.

It certain pays to have a good tripod. I've got a solid Manfrotto with a nice head, which makes decent macro so much more achievable.

Looking forward to your comments and feedback.

Many thanks.

Paul

Paul,

The first picture is delicious(?) but the second takes the price. Makes me feel like a mini midget meeting an old friend

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Congrats on the lens. I have this one and it is one of my favorites!
Hi Bob...

thanks for your congrats. I'm loving the lens... still very much a newby at true macro, but already enjoying my first attempts at some playing at that size and new scope of photography!

Glad to get your approval. I decided that I'd mainly be using it on a tripod, or can at times lean on something else, so decided to get it over the more expensive newer L/IS version. I know the image quality itself is very close (very good on both, with the newer just a tad better).

Lots of technique I'm going to learn, perhaps including specialised lighting and focus stacking.

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The first picture is delicious(?) but the second takes the price. Makes me feel like a mini midget meeting an old friend

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Hello Torgny, my friend.

Great to hear from you. Ah! yes, you can say the first photo is delicious... but I wouldn't probably eat a hairy caterpillar!!

Thanks for your kind comments on the 'prize-winning' 2nd photo. I've got a lot still to improve, but I was glad with the 'natural composition' of this one.. sort of drew my eye in to the photo - the angle.

"Mini midget meeting an old friend" - I know the caterpillar enjoyed chomping (eating) the plant it was on!

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Hey Paul,
These are great shots, and that's a fine lens.
#2 is super cool!
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Hi Paul,
No.2 is my fave, It makes me feel like i'm tiny and have a candid view of him then i realize that he's heading my way. It's amazing sharp, really like the composition and angle that he's at.
It makes me wonder how you can get so low into the grass with the tripod, I gues you may be able to hang the camera upside down under the center column. This lens looks to be a cracker, looking forward to seeing more pics from this new adventure into the miniature world.
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