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Old May 22, 2005, 7:59 AM   #1
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Some pernnials that came back.
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Old May 22, 2005, 8:00 AM   #2
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Couple more.
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Old May 23, 2005, 6:36 AM   #3
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nice composition on these do you have a tripod ?
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These are a little soft on focus. If you are really interested in macro photography, I would suggest getting one of the +3 diopter achromatic macro converters such as the nikon 4t. It has 52mm threads so you would also want to get the raynox rt5264p adapter for your fz20. Total cost with shipping ~$70. This will allow you to getsharp focus from about a foot away throughout the zoom at increased magnificationwith increase the zoom. There is no need to zoom in all the way to 12x. You will get very satisfying results at lower zooms. But you will have that 12x capability for insects or small flowers. All from ~12" away, which will reduce the chance of camera shadow (not to mention bee stings and snake bites).

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Old May 23, 2005, 6:39 PM   #5
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Pappy & Fred,Thanks much.
I have a tripod but was reluctant to get it out and set-up due to the threat of rain. That would have made more sense tho, than the precarious position I was in to make those shots.
Ahh, next time.
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Old May 23, 2005, 8:45 PM   #6
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Just for the heck of it, here's an iris from today.
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Old May 23, 2005, 8:50 PM   #7
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Another close-up.
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Old May 23, 2005, 9:07 PM   #8
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What a difference a day makes. These are quite a bit better. More sunlight? A couple of things to consider to increase the depth of field are reduce the aperture towards f8 and back off on the zoom to get the complete flower.
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The 2 orchid pictures are awesome!
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Old May 23, 2005, 9:48 PM   #10
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Fred,
I did these in Macro Mode, hand held. One holding the iris and the other the camera. The wind was picking up due to a storm front coming in. I thought they could be even sharper but under the circumstances...
Earlier, I tried to zoom in on the previous days posted pictures using the tripod but I couldn't get the focus to lock. I tried every focus setting from Multi to Spot. Turned the IS off. Then IS 2 again, then IS 1. MF (Assist ON) wouldn't focus when zoomed out about 1/3rd the way. I even changed to a new battery.
Very strange. Sometimes when in Macro and zoomed out quite a bit the focus will lock, but not tonight.

This Macro thing is a new venture for me on this camera and I'm sure I'll have to fool around with it in more daylight to get it right. Makes me wish I could get a Yuengling.
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