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Old 29th August 2019
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Silhouette Macro

I was sitting by our pond in the garden hoping for damselflies when I noticed a hoverfly perched in a shady area on the other side of the pond silhouetted against more distant sunlit foliage. I though it would make a change to have a macro shot where filling the frame with the subject was not the priority. I'd be interested to know what others think.



Taken with the E-M1ii + MMF-3 + EC-14 + Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro. Processed in Darktable with levels, a slight crop to even things up and a retouch to remove a distracting speck that turned out to be a tiny spider

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Re: Silhouette Macro

Different but I like it a lot. Nicely done
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Re: Silhouette Macro

I think this is a great idea and it works rather well. I'm sure it would never occur to me to do this as a silhouette. Nicely done.
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Re: Silhouette Macro

Thank you, Phill & John, for your kind comments

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Re: Silhouette Macro

Its not a silhouette and its not macro

If the subject is the hoverfly I would want it to be closer
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Re: Silhouette Macro

I hope you will not take this the wrong way..It's just a critique.
You used these--(E-M1ii + MMF-3 + EC-14 + Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro) Can I ask Why ? I have the Sigma 150mm and find it far too heavy for the OMD1 Mk2. You used the MMF2 + EC14 yet you are very far away from the subject. just a normal lens would of done the same job. 45mm/40-150mm/12-50mm/ etc. Have to agree with alfbranch that it is not quite a silhouette but a darn good try. Keep practising and do NOT let my critique put you off..
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Re: Silhouette Macro

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Its not a silhouette and its not macro

If the subject is the hoverfly I would want it to be closer
You're right on both counts but I couldn't think of a better way to describe it. Unfortunately, to get closer to the hoverfly I would have had to stand in the pond. As I explained in the OP, this was just an opportunist grab shot whilst waiting for damselflies much closer to hand.

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I hope you will not take this the wrong way..It's just a critique.
You used these--(E-M1ii + MMF-3 + EC-14 + Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro) Can I ask Why ? I have the Sigma 150mm and find it far too heavy for the OMD1 Mk2. You used the MMF2 + EC14 yet you are very far away from the subject. just a normal lens would of done the same job. 45mm/40-150mm/12-50mm/ etc. Have to agree with alfbranch that it is not quite a silhouette but a darn good try. Keep practising and do NOT let my critique put you off..
No worries, I'm happy to receive constructive comments

I was using that set-up in the expectation of shooting damselflies by our pond and find that it gives sufficient working distance to avoid spooking the subjects; I sometimes use the EC-20 if I know the subject will be particularly hard to approach. This was just a grab shot taken when I noticed what I thought might make a nice composition on the far side of the pond. Getting closer to that particular subject and composition would have meant standing in the pond so using a shorter, lighter lens was not an option.

Personally, I don't find the Sigma 150mm too heavy and use it frequently, often with the tele-converters. The HLD-9 lives on the E-M1ii (as does the HLD-7 on the E-M1) and this makes the camera easier to hold. I'm a fairly large bloke with very large hands so big, weighty lenses don't cause me a problem. I tend to use manual focus with that lens so using the left hand to focus and support the lens keeps things balanced.

I hope this explanation clears up the reason why the hoverfly is somewhat distant and why I use that particular set-up. I know it's not quite a silhouette and did consider doing further PP to darken the subject but decided that too much mucking around might spoil things, not being that adept at the digital darkroom side of things yet

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Re: Silhouette Macro

What ever the definition and category. I think it's very artistic and I love the bright blurry background... it's the kind of picture that I would hang on my wall.
A moment of inspiration, very well done/
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Re: Silhouette Macro

I have had a few looks at your image johnGG---If it was mine I would clone out those top Red flowers in the background. Try it out as I think you will like it even more. It will then be a far better image and one to keep. Remember that our critiques are Subjective. If you like it, and if someone else likes it, that is all that counts. As I said before, I got that 150mm macro on my Canon 7D and I Love it, but because I got small hands, find it too heavy on my EM1 mk2. Good Luck.
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Re: Silhouette Macro

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I have had a few looks at your image johnGG---If it was mine I would clone out those top Red flowers in the background. Try it out as I think you will like it even more...
Yes, that works well!
... just crop off all the flower heads and it becomes even more like a silhouette in front of a bright green "hint" of nature.
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