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Jim Spurgeon
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Macro

Post by Jim Spurgeon » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:05 pm

Hi everyone. I am currently doing an online photography course and one of the modules was macro photography. Being a firm favourite of mine I enjoyed reading (and researching a bit more) about lens coupling. Keen to give it a go I purchased a coupling ring and found a willing model (a poor bee that unfortunately succumbed to the heat in the conservatory). I set myself up and was amazed at HOW close it actually gets. My lens setup was my 18-55mm kit lens (at 55mm) on camera with my 50mm prime reversed onto it. An online calculator gave me a ratio of 1.1 : 1.
CC and feedback greatly received
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Ed Jeffries
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Re: Macro

Post by Ed Jeffries » Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:05 pm

Hi Jim,

Wow! I like those images! Fantastic detail at that level of enlargement. I wish you well on your on-line course and from the results you've shown here I'm sure it's going very well. Kepp it coming!

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Re: Macro

Post by Trevor » Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:15 pm

Hi Jim, you know my thoughts on these, they are just fantastic, so o glad you shared them. I think you have some stunning photos there and the detail is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Trev

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Re: Macro

Post by Jim Spurgeon » Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:44 pm

Thank you Ed and Trev.
Yes Trev I was made up by your glowing feedback via email, coming from yourself I consider it high praise indeed. Thank you

PhilBrew
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Re: Macro

Post by PhilBrew » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:56 am

Well done Jim - very impressive, and a lot of fun too I imagine! Look forward to hearing more about the course. Phil

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Re: Macro

Post by PhilBrew » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:10 pm

Just a follow-up to my earlier posting of a macro shot -Feather and Lavender - using a new (to me) technique, suggested by Joe, to get over the macro problem of of very small depth of field, of setting continuous shooting mode and moving the camera forward during the firing and subsequently combining the resulting shots using the focus stacking operation in Affinity Photo.

I have since played with that image a bit more by adding a background layer of grasses and blurring the hard edge of the original elliptical background, using the clone tool at successively 10, 20 1nd 30% opacity. Phil
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Trevor
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Re: Macro

Post by Trevor » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:35 am

Hi Phil, like this edit I think the additions and the blurring improvements to the shot make it a really good image
Trevor

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Post by PhilBrew » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:31 pm

Thanks Trev, glad you like it. I do too, though I was mainly interested in making it as a technical exercise. I think I might enter it as my monthly Circle image. Phil

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Re: Macro

Post by Lisa » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:24 am

Jim - I can't believe how close you got! Amazing photographs.
Phil - I like the composition and the colours. I like the idea of trying focus stacking so might give it a go.

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Re: Macro

Post by Lisa » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:41 am

So late to the party but here are my macro shots which I couldn't show at last Zoom meeting due to laptop problem.
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Re: Macro

Post by Trevor » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:41 am

Wow Lisa they are so good. They are all very very good but the 1st is the stand out image. So wish I’d taken that. Number 3 is a cracker too can’t beat a butterfly (Tortoiseshell) to lift a flower pick. Brilliant.
Trev

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Re: Macro

Post by PhilBrew » Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:14 pm

Super macros Lisa. The thistle is so beautiful, such a strong pattern. Love it. In fact I'd be inclined to crop it to a square format to emphasise the abstract quality by removing most of the stem.

The agapanthus is great too with those strong shapes against the dark background, but best of all are the colours, especially the subtle way the blues and green merge into one another, set off by the orange and violet tones in the sheath. Again a tighter crop would bring these colours out even more strongly.

The Haddon Hall Butterfly shot is nice and sharp and colourful, but perhaps the two main flowers compete for the eye's attention and it tends to flit uncomfortably back and forth between them.

Well done for some great shots. Phil

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