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Bob Frank Sep 6, 2006 8:40 PM

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The weather in Texas finally cooled down. Last week I managed to do a little macro shooting.
Your questions and comments are welcome.
Bob Frank

Visit my Panasonic Macro Gallery at:

tiger98 Sep 6, 2006 9:01 PM

Nice capture Bob! That's some eyeballs! Jim

Bob Frank Sep 6, 2006 9:06 PM

Thanks Jim, appreciate your comments.


vaiboy Sep 6, 2006 11:30 PM

Beautiful shot!

rhermans Sep 7, 2006 1:49 AM

Great picture and your collection at really impressive Ronny

d-sr Sep 7, 2006 2:02 AM

Now that's close! Bob. Very nice shot.I tooka look at your gallery and it'sjust filled with equally nice shots.I'l be looking forward to other post from you. I live just down the road from you in Abilene. I was wondering if it would ever cool off.


Narmer Sep 7, 2006 5:08 AM

nice colors and focus

Bob Frank Sep 7, 2006 6:42 AM

Thanks for your comments.


RedStickMan Sep 7, 2006 9:32 AM

Awesome picture, Bob!

That's pretty good DOF for the DCR-250. I would guess that this was not at full zoom?

annie57 Sep 7, 2006 11:23 AM

it just amazes me what a macro lens does in the field of photography and how bugs become so beautiful and colourful close up...thanx so much fer sharing your photos...Fantastic!!!1

romerojpg Sep 7, 2006 2:39 PM

Top image :cool: wish I had some of them to take photos of.

PeHa Sep 7, 2006 2:50 PM

Very nice indeed!

Bob Frank Sep 7, 2006 8:32 PM

You are correct RedStickMan, this was shot at 52mm the FZ30 max is 89mm.
Thanks for your comments.

Bob Frank

Bob Frank Sep 7, 2006 8:53 PM

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Your right annie57, thats why I love to shoot insect macros, it's like exploring a new world.
I really appreciate your comments.
Often I see what looks like a tiny grey bug to the eye turns out to be very colorful like this one...

annie57 wrote:

it just amazes me what a macro lens does in the field of photography and how bugs become so beautiful and colourful close up...thanx so much fer sharing your photos...Fantastic!!!1

Bob Frank Sep 7, 2006 9:10 PM

To Peha, d-sr, Narmer, Romerojpg, rhermans and vaiboy.
I really appreciate the feedback, Thank you.

Bob Frank

tchuanye Sep 8, 2006 11:56 AM

Nice sharp shot!

I have seen your gallery and they are EXCELLENT! You are a very good macro shooter.

So some comments abt the Damsel pic. The features captured are pin sharp and is extremely well taken. Do look out for the background though, as its kind of cluttered and may distract the viewer. Just some 2c views.

bayourebel Sep 8, 2006 1:47 PM

Very nice photos, and also your gallery. Also liked the other selections.

Bob Frank Sep 8, 2006 4:37 PM

tchuanye, thank you for the feedback.
I always look forward to seeing your posts, you have been a great inspiration!

Bob Frank Sep 8, 2006 4:41 PM

bayourbel, thanks for your comments.


gotta.learn Sep 14, 2006 10:04 PM

Hello Bob,

I just found your post and also went to your gallery and viewed the whole thing. I am just blown away at your awsome photos. Beautiful shots! I forgot for a moment that these were the little bugs we see each day. It was truely like stepping into another world. Thank you so much for bringing that world in for us to have the opportunity to explore. Amazing!!!!

I too have an FZ30 and now, after seeing your pictures, I am inspired beyond expectations at what I might be capable of doingwith it someday with a looooooot of practice and a similar setup to yours. Thank you for sharing your setup on your gallery.

Thank you again for posting your amazing world.

Teree :)

P.S. I just took one more look at your pics here and noticed the damsel fly shadow in the leaf. COOOOL!:cool:

Bob Frank Sep 14, 2006 11:18 PM

Hi Teree,
Thank you very much for your comments.
It really isn't as hard as it looks.
This is how most were done:

Set the camera on manual exposure mode
Use a fast shutter speed 1/200 or above
Stop aperture down to f11 or small aperture
Set ISO 80 for max detail
Set camera to manual focus
Attach an external flash, (I use the Sunpak or Quantary 383)
I cut a piece of mat board for a bounce card and I use Velcro to attach
This flash output can be adjusted manually. Trial and error here, adjust for proper exposure, half power is usually what works for me, I use histogram frequently.
Attach the close up lens (I used DCR-250) can be challenging to focus, (very powerful)
Focus is the hardest thing, I frequently use a monopod and move camera to focus.
Use zoom to control amount of magnification

Here is a link to how the camera is set up....

Thanks again,

Beth Ellen Sep 15, 2006 8:50 AM

Nice shot! Enjoy your gallery very much!

Beth Ellen

tcook Sep 15, 2006 12:35 PM

Very nice macro and some great shots in your gallery.

willow1 Sep 15, 2006 3:18 PM

w0w :Gvery impressive photos!!!

thx for sharing:G

Bob Frank Sep 15, 2006 6:36 PM

Thanks, willow1, tcook and Beth Ellen.
I appreciate your comments.


annie57 Sep 15, 2006 8:22 PM

SUPER PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!! :|

Bob Frank Sep 15, 2006 8:40 PM

Thanks Annie57, appreciate the feedback.


Narmer Sep 16, 2006 1:41 PM

Bob your FZ30 and D80 macros are awesome


Bob Frank Sep 16, 2006 8:25 PM

Hi Narmer,
Thanks for your comments.
You have some amazing shots in your gallery!


pixelstuff Sep 17, 2006 2:32 PM

Beautiful! :cool:
I came to the forums today because I want to buy a macro lens for the fz30 - the Raynox DCR-250 is even available from amazon - looks like I should go for it - should I? Any contras?
Thank you

Bob Frank Sep 17, 2006 4:15 PM

pixelstuff, the DCR-250 is very powerful, depth of field can be a challenge. Raynox also makes a DCR-150, alittle easier to work with both have the cool clip-on adapter.
Thanks for your comments.

pixelstuff Sep 18, 2006 2:25 AM

Ijust ordered the 150! ty!

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