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Old Jun 26, 2012, 9:51 AM   #1
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I had a chance to take a few photos in between thunderstorms that seemed to be endless yesterday.

I always loved the 50mm f2 macro (43) and thought it was the sharpest lens I've ever owned. But, I do have to admit that the 35mm macro(43) is not that far off- if at all.

It is just such a fun lens to shoot flowers, up close. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for bugs, etc. because, as has been mentioned, with the 35mm macro, you usually get real close to the subject.

Here are a couple of Tiger lily shots. In both, I used a black foam core board behind the bloom. One was treated with the oil painting filter in CS6:



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beautiful colors. I think the black board really helps to set them off.
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Zig's definitely got his closeup shooting style down pat.
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Super shots Zig. Well done. That little E-P2 and your lens really seems to serve you well.
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beautiful colors. I think the black board really helps to set them off.
Hi,

And, thanks for taking the time to look and to comment. Much appreciated.
As for the black board, I started using it a couple of years ago when I was invited to go to a private photo shoot just prior to the opening of an Orchid Show, here in Hyannis.

There were many one-of-a-kind Orchids on exhibit and, while we were able to shoot anyone we wanted, we could not move, touch, or in any way alter the location and display of the subject plant. I brought along a black board in order to isolate the orchids from the other plants, leaves, etc. that I didn't want in the frame. It worked beautifully and I've been using it ever since to call attention to the bloom and away from distracting backgrounds.

And, the best part of it is that post processing becomes significantly easier.

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Super shots Zig. Well done. That little E-P2 and your lens really seems to serve you well.

Hi Greg, Steven,

thnks for the kind comments.

Yes, the E-P2 serves me well. When I went in another direction, away from four thirds, I decided to keep the E-P2 as well as the 35mm macro which I had just purchased from Bill Turner (Bootstrap) shortly before he passed away.

I really had no good reason at the time, but boy am I glad I kept it, as it
continues to remind me how well the colors come out from an Oly camera.
For shooting flowers and such, I can't think of a better set up.

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Now there's a "legacy" setup you simply cannot sell if one ever existed! And a good story too. Did you get a chance to meet him in person down in Florida or did you do the deal online?
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Now there's a "legacy" setup you simply cannot sell if one ever existed! And a good story too. Did you get a chance to meet him in person down in Florida or did you do the deal online?
Hi Greg,

No, I never met Bill. The transaction was done thru FourThirdsPhoto.com.
He was a bit of an odd fellow, but one I would have very much enjoyed meeting.
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....I'm happy you did keep the PEN and a couple lenses Zig and your subject isolation technique is one that I plan on attempting.

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I've been getting pretty close to some insects lately with my 35mm and it is fun to see the critters when I get home from a day in the field.
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Hi Greg,

No, I never met Bill. The transaction was done thru FourThirdsPhoto.com.
He was a bit of an odd fellow.....
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