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Old Jun 14, 2006, 7:57 AM   #1
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Old Jun 14, 2006, 8:08 AM   #2
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nice pics :G what lens were you using to get so close?
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Bravo! Astounding image quality and good use of DOF.
My favourites are 1st and 3rd ones(especially the third one with great composition and colour combination reinforced by successful DOF). The last one could also be as great if there weren't more than enough distracting leaves with the same colour as the butterfly.
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The Sigma APO Macro 150mm f/2.8 EX DG

-> I wanted to keep the background so some of the shots are not as sharp as I would like with a fill (@ 1/45s), since I've already used the smallest aperture as I could to increase the DOF...
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Trust me - I missed the last one quite a few times because they blended in the foliage so well... It took me a few passes over the same spot to notice them otherwise I didn't even knew they were there right in front of my eyes :-)

Highly recommended: http://www.naturemuseum.org/index.php?id=114



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Great shots. I can appreciate the effort to get these. I borrowed a 150 macro the other day and to date it has been a steep learning curve with few keepers. Keep them coming.
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I borrowed a 150 macro the other day and to date it has been a steep learning curve with few keepers. Keep them coming.
The key to many Macro lenses is the aperture - I have the most luck @ f/16 and above to increase the DOF (Depht Of Field) so most of the subject remains in focus

Problem is at these smaller apertures the shutter is too slow for handheld so I end up using flash mostly and one ends up with dark (or black) background...
-> You just have to back up from there and experiment until you get the desired effect









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WOW! Those are just stunning, really well captured and very indeed.

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