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Old May 16, 2011, 3:24 AM   #1
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Thanks for the great comments on my first raynox topic. Can't tell you how much fun it is to go out in the garden and look at all those tiny insects, just to discover that there are even more details to be seen with the raynox.

It's still a hard lens to work with, but the keeper rate has gone up fro 7-10% to about 20-25%. Still all shots are handheld and with flash. Ultimatly I want to make them handheld and without the flash, but I'm not sure if that will stay a dream (any tips/tricks?)

Here are some new samples, any tips comments are welcome and on my Flickr I now have a set of 34 shots, feel free to take a peek

#1 You can actually see these ants "milk" the lice, see the little honey dew droplet?




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Old May 16, 2011, 7:14 AM   #2
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Amazing and perfect macro RafalW
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Using the Raynox appears to be like using a dissecting microscope. Very amazing but very challenging to get what you want focused.

Great shots and I can imagine the work required to get such shots.
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Rafal, these are simply amazing shots! I can never get mine to come out like this with the Raynox. Are you AF or manual focus? How close are you getting to your subjects? I really like the last 2, the colors are so nice!
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Simply amazing! I certainly think you've more than mastered it!
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A series that gets better as it goes on - really well done Rafal. No's 3-6 are my faves and No.6 is excellent with super colour, great sharpness and you have mastered the crazy RayonX DOF perfectly in this shot.
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Thanks guys, you wanna make me go outside to make some new shots (but the rain and the fact I need to work is holding me back )

@saly I use macro AF. I just point at the thing I want sharp (the eye, or the leaf part under the eye) and then just press the shutter all in once so the picture is made directly after focusing. Very hard to keep the camera as still as possible. And somehow for me it works better when OIS is off. Still a lot are not focused correctly. I'm usually 15-20cm away from the subject.
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Very nice. The last one is my favorite. Has very good composition.

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I liked the last one best. I made a flash diffuser for when I use the Raynox. It gets the light over the end of the lens and evenly onto the subject.

You may also want to give focus stacking a try for more DOF. It's quite easy.
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Been going into the garden every day for 30 minutes to find some insects :P

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I liked the last one best. I made a flash diffuser for when I use the Raynox. It gets the light over the end of the lens and evenly onto the subject.

You may also want to give focus stacking a try for more DOF. It's quite easy.
Ow i'm interested in that flash diffuser. Noticed that sometimes the flash can be harsh or leave a dark spot where the lens blocks it. How did you make it?

Not 100% sure what focus stacking is, but I make my shots hand held so none have the same angle, also I try to do the least PP as possible
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