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Old 20th July 2017
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Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

First go with the 60mm macro after using an A6000 and Canon 105 macro and adaptor for a long while. I love macro and getting used to the narrower focal area and being closer is not easy. But I'll persevere until Oly do a 105mm Macro or maybe a 90mm. Hope these look OK ? No Photoshop done on them and they are as they came out of the camera. Lens does produce a gorgeous Bokeh to my eyes

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Flower_edited-1 by Gary, on Flickr





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Bee1_edited-1 by Gary, on Flickr
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

Thanks John. I'll check that out. Had a Sigma macro a few years ago on a Sony A77 and got good results
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

One of the perpetual challenges of macro photography is getting enough DoF to get enough of the subject in focus. 'Bokeh' for the sake of bokeh is not really a good thing.

You have succeeded in the second sot but I fear the first is A) focussing on too small a part of the subject and B) not a very interesting subject in the first place, at least not the way it is framed in your shot.
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

Having the 60mm I'm curious to understand why you are after a different macro? Are you after something that has a longer macro working distance?
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

The 4/3 Sigma 105 f2.8 is my lens of choice at the moment while my 60mm f2.8 sits idle.

The bee is quite good but could be much better with some RAW editing to reduce the highlights and lift the shadows. Which flash did you use and do you have any diffusion on it?
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

No flash as it was a bright sunny day and the sun was full on the bee. I tend to shoot jpeg and that was one of my first shots. Just getting used to the distance and hand held next to killer bees

I am more used to a 105 lens so distance is an issue in learning. I focus on one spot and wait for the insect to arrive. But I'll get there
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

@Nawty. Thanks for the comments and you're right about the flower. Just experimenting at the moment but I like the challenges in macro without trying to be too "professional"... well, at the moment.

When I think I have the time I will try RAW and do a minimum of PP on my next shots as suggested
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

Some slight careful adjustments in PS but given its a JPEG shot its a bit limited. I think this is a bit better and some pointers to what I could have done in RAW ? Couldn't do anything about the highlights on the flower

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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

Gary I am sorry but I think it was bettere SOOC. The falsh did fire on this shot as it says so in Exif on Flickr

Here is my take on the large version which is available full size from Flickr you may want to change your setting

Done in PS with three selective levels layers and a curves layer it is difficult to reduce the highlights as far as I would like on a jpeg.

Not my shot 2017-24 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

Thats nice... subtle. Flash may think it fired but it wasn't in the "up"position so it couldn't have
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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

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Thats nice... subtle. Flash may think it fired but it wasn't in the "up"position so it couldn't have
The highlights look like undiffused flash


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Re: Birds and the Bees or rather Flowers and the Bees

It was an ultra bright sunny day. Too bright in some respects with lots of overexposed flowers because of it. Comments much appreciated as I knew the unprocessed picture would get some and its useful to get advice like this of course
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