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Old May 22, 2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Received my macro lens this morning, I posted in the lenses forum or advice and decided to go for the Pentax 100mm lens (got a goodish deal and I already have a selection of filters that are the right size - although probably won't use them).

Just spent an hour or so trying to take some pictures in the garden of some bees - got a few OK ones below but by the time I had them in focus they had gone, I think perseverences is required.
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Old May 22, 2009, 2:27 PM   #2
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Just spent an hour or so trying to take some pictures in the garden of some bees - got a few OK ones below but by the time I had them in focus they had gone, I think perseverance is required.[/QUOTE]

LOL... Welcome to the wonderful world of Macro!
You picked a fine lens Doc, you should be happy with it.
You're 100% right on the "perseverance" part. Also, the DOF is so shallow it's very hard to get more than a few mm in focus on any given subject. (depth wise, not width) I think your second one of the bee turned out very nice! keep it up, you'll get better and better with practice. also, a good tripod and head comes in real handy too.
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Old May 22, 2009, 2:52 PM   #3
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Insects aren't real cooperative when it comes to macro photography. Another thing you might want to think about is a flash - I think they are more useful for insect macros than a tripod. If you are doing macros that hold still, then a good tripod is very useful.

Are you using auto or manual focus for your macros? I found that manual focus is often better than letting the camera judge things, especially with such small depths of fields. It takes practice though. Expect to delete most of your experiments while developing your eye for seeing the focus. It's a useful talent for all kinds of things and well worth developing.
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That second is very good.
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Really like nr2, and don't worry about them moving, or getting so much misses.
My last try at getting a small crawler it took 150 shots to get the one descent one.
(it also kept crawling around )

So don't worry

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Macro - on a par with BIF

Really easy to do - almost impossible to completely master.

The best advice, is to get off camera flash - took about 18 months for that piece of wisdom to sink in!!! and become very friendly with the delete key!!

The way of shooting seems to be the sway method. Set the lens on 1:1 and then sway back and forth until the critter is in focus. Takes a bit of practice but works really well.
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thanks for all the welcomes and comments (in this and the other thread I posted). The weather is meant to be nice and sunny this weekend here so hopefully will be able to spend a few hours playing. Currently got the second picture above as my desktop wallpaper.
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Fine job on a tough subject - lots of good details and done to show an interesting story. Just keep on shooting, and you'll get even better!
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