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Old Apr 30, 2014, 6:25 AM   #1
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Default 35mm macro at work

Not quite sure where I should post this as the lens is a 35mm macro but, used with an EP-2(M43)body.

A few flower images taken with the 35mm lens :









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Old Apr 30, 2014, 9:47 AM   #2
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All outstanding. Sharp, colorful and lots of detail. #4 is my fav. I haven't see that flower before and it reminds me of an exploding firework.
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What strikingly beautiful flower images. Outstanding shots that you captured, Zig.
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All very nice Zig. I too have that lens but rarely use it. About time I started.
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All very nice Zig. I too have that lens but rarely use it. About time I started.
That 35mm macro works great with your E-3.
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Hey Zig

THose are nice ... the lighting's spot on ... whats the setup ?
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THose are nice ... the lighting's spot on ... whats the setup ?
Set up is fairly straightforward, I use the 35mm macro by way of an adapter, mounted to an EP-2. The use of a tripod is critical as I'll explain.
All my flower photos are taken with the flower "on the vine".
The black background is achieved using a black foam core board placed behind the subject. Camera is set to manual mode, AF, ISO100, F8. I usually underexpose the shot by 1/3. Once I determine what the preferred shutter speed should be, I leave it there. That's the reason for using manual mode instead of aperture mode
The reason for the tripod is that I take a series of photographs of the flower with a different focus point for each frame. Because of Oly's super menu mode, it is really easy to change focus points. Depending on the size and complexity of the subject, that could be as few 4frames and up to 16frames.

Forgot to add: all with natural lighting - no flash.

The images are then loaded into PS-CS6 and merged into one image.

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Excellent work, Zig. Here in Maryland there always seems to be just enough of a breeze that a flower doesn't remain still. (Yeah, I'm downwind from Capitol Hill.) I would think that would be even more of a problem where you live.

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Excellent work, Zig. Here in Maryland there always seems to be just enough of a breeze that a flower doesn't remain still. (Yeah, I'm downwind from Capitol Hill.) I would think that would be even more of a problem where you live.

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Thanks, Ted.

You're right wind is a problem. I try and capture images in the morning and evening. It seems the time when the wind is most cooperative.

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.........beautiful work as usual Zig, I am so happy to see you post this.

Thanks and we miss you.
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