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Old Mar 11, 2011, 5:11 AM   #1
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Been playing a bit with extremes.

1st: rather long lens.
I noticed some new visitors on the campus I work. Some lady sawbills.
Only they stayed nice out of range.
Sigma 100-300 at 300mm (cropped keeping 25% of the original image)


almost happy, but still not close enough I had a 1.4tc with me but the shots I tried with it didn’t give more resolution.

so next day I tried my old 3x tc from panagor + the sigma a 300mm = 900mm handheld
(cropped keeping 60% of the original image)


iso3200, f4 + 3tc, 1/1000sec
a bit larger version
I know I have to get a lower iso and shutterspeed but never expected this result handheld.

2nd: rather close macro
One of the first ‘flowers’ that appear in my area is european cornel. (type of dogwood).
They are rather small around 4mm, luckily they come in groups.

(focus stack of 3 images)

I rather liked the look of them so yesterday I tried a bit closer look.
K5 + kiron 100mm at 1:1 + 135mm extention tubes + raynox 250dcr + raynox 150dcr
giving something around a 7:1 macro.
(no cropping just resized, focus stack of 6)

a bit larger version

Any and all C&C is always welcome.

Cheers

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That's an awesome macro Ronny - excellent job !

As for the grebes (great name they have) - that'a an excellent result for 900mm hand held !
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Nice shots Ronny, Great macro. I am not familiar with that type of duck. The iso 3200 is holding together nicely looking at the larger version, I am envious

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Common Mergansers, not Grebes. Really good shots considering the equipment used. Been trying to get some decent shots of a pair of them around here.

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I'm entirely awed by your last one. How in the world do you manage that type of macro set-up outdoors? That's amazing!

I'm also impressed by your TC picture, very good sharpness. As far as the ISO - isn't it nice to be able to get such good shots at ISO levels that were either unavailable or unusable before? Heavenly!
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That's an awesome macro Ronny - excellent job !

As for the grebes (great name they have) - that'a an excellent result for 900mm hand held !
Thanks FF, been trying to replicate it with that tc going 900mm, haven't come close, so these where just pure luck.
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Nice shots Ronny, Great macro. I am not familiar with that type of duck. The iso 3200 is holding together nicely looking at the larger version, I am envious

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Thank Hans,
to be honest I had to ask what type of ducks they where, first I thought they were a kind of grebes.
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Common Mergansers, not Grebes. Really good shots considering the equipment used. Been trying to get some decent shots of a pair of them around here.

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If they are as skittish as these you're gonna have a job.
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I'm entirely awed by your last one. How in the world do you manage that type of macro set-up outdoors? That's amazing!

I'm also impressed by your TC picture, very good sharpness. As far as the ISO - isn't it nice to be able to get such good shots at ISO levels that were either unavailable or unusable before? Heavenly!
after trying a lot I'm confident of getting a 1:1 macro handheld(with enough light), now with high speed shooting and the k-5 I've been trying to get multiple shots to focus blend them. And that is slowly getting there.

I can get a shot above the 1:1 (my max has been 3.2:1) but the last one, 7:1 macro was indoors. And I'm not ready to get a shot in that magnification outdoor.

Thanks for the great comments

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Some great results - thanks to fine equipment but even more thanks to your skill & patience. Our mergansers are also very skittish and almost unapproachable (unless you use a duck blind and have lots of time). The 900mm shot is amazing! Really nice macro photos of the cornel too!
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