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Old Mar 13, 2007, 8:54 PM   #11
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Nice captures of the butterflies. I liked the small black one. For objects this size, I don't think you need an additional lens. IMO, the macro mode should do.
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Old Mar 14, 2007, 8:13 PM   #12
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They look pretty good to me. Since we don't have the orignals we don't know how much detail is lost. I will have to try this myself.
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Your butterfly shots look pretty good to me. The Nikon 3t is a good lens for things like butterflies and flowers and is not very expensive. You can hand hold it and do quite well. The picture I am posting of the hover fly was taken with the 3t, handheld and no flash.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 1:51 AM   #14
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WindRow: 2 and 3 a great shots. I know how difficult it can be in that environment with people milling around. You did a good job.

Mark H: Thanks for the idea of using two legs of a tripod. I have a monopod and find I have better success hand held.With your idea at least the left/right motion would be eliminated. I'll give it a try the next opportunity.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 1:37 PM   #15
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Your butterfly shots look pretty good to me. The Nikon 3t is a good lens for things like butterflies and flowers and is not very expensive. You can hand hold it and do quite well. The picture I am posting of the hover fly was taken with the 3t, handheld and no flash.
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Thanks for the reply. I pulled this up after I had left questions in reply to your hover-fly post. Thanks for the information. Hand-held looks as though it works pretty well, which is good because insects and other critters have a perverse way of posing in the most inconvenient positions for the camera and tend not to wait around for long!
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 1:40 PM   #16
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Mark H: Thanks for the idea of using two legs of a tripod. I have a monopod and find I have better success hand held.With your idea at least the left/right motion would be eliminated. I'll give it a try the next opportunity.
Tinosa & Mark,
Thanks much for the feedback.
I plan to apply yours and Ted's advice just as soon as I get myself a close-up lens for the FZ-50.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 1:58 PM   #17
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Tinosa, thanks for that, the idea of lateral stability was what prompted me to try the 2legged tripod idea....it works really well for inanimate objects, i`ve yet to try it on living subjects as there are so few around at the moment here.Fingers crossed it works ok.Obviously adjusting the height of the tripod can be tedious, but if you plan on taking shots of ground dwelling subjects, or butterflies landing on a particular flower then the height can be set in advance....for more varied or opportunist subjects then its back to handholding i guess...

Windrowe, handholding does work ok, I hope i didnt give the impression otherwise. Another thing i`ve found when shooting macros with the flash which i should have mentioned earlier is to press the shutter quickly to nail the shot once focus is achieved.....taking too long to depress the shutter increases the chances of the camera moving slightly and knocking the image out of focus.The flash alleviates any jitter caused by firing the shutter quickly.

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Thanks for the tip, Mark, about firing the shutter quickly. Can't wait to try out all these ideas. Got to get the lens first, though!
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Nice shots!!! I was there myself and it is a beautiful spot!!! I find the butterflies move so fast and as soon as you get one in focus, they are gone!!!
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Just came across this site while surfing the `net and thought it was relevant to the thread........awesome shots and a very good in-depth explanation of macro prodecures....check out the shooting technique page....

http://www.bugmacros.com/


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