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Re: Macro flash

Originally Posted by Harold Gough View Post

Polarisers only work with reflections in one plane. With uneven surfaces, droplets, etc., the remedial effect maybe minimal. (With actual metallic surfaces it may be zero). My subject matter for macro rarely requires polarisers, but I always purchased the best I could afford.

Good morning HAROLD, yes I agree with the proviso that it helps with sun in the right position, my understanding is that the original author was taking his photos of the dragon in the crucifix position during the day. Not many dragons hang around for a second shot if you mess up the first attempt with flash. In general dragons depending on the time lapse from emergence you can stand a better chance the earlier in the morning as possible for flash.

I have hinted at staying away from cheaper polarisers to the author. I found the Olympus 60mm macro to effect macro, IE one to one ratio. You have to get much to close to the subject. I don't even use my canon 100mm IS either preferring a 180mm macro to allow some distance from subject,most dragons would be off with a large white type diffuser and flash as well as a large predator coming at them. The downside of a 180 is weight, which for me is quite a priority therefore I chose the Tamron 180 mm. My go to kit for dragons is :- em1 metabones tamron 180 (canon fit) for close up or macro
And a Canon 7d2 with 300L prime. The latter is for DIF and distance if I do not think the subject is confiding enough, a slow cautious aproach is used until about a metre from the subject where by the em1/ tamron takes over.

Fortunately everyone does what they need to do to get the shot and it's good to hear what others do
Kind regards Mike

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