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Old 4th June 2012
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When all seems lost ...

... switch the macro on. We went for a walk around Bardney Forest earlier today and even though it was warm and the sun out most of the time, the bugs were not. Disappointing actually, two Green Veined and five Orange Tip were the only butterflies we saw, even the hoverflies were absent bar a couple small individuals. So i started snapping anything i could find, with macro what is uninteresting with the naked eye becomes fascinating, especially later on when the image gets uploaded and can be seen in all it's glory.

Thought i'd post this couple just for being so uninteresting at the time that i was surprised how much better they were afterwards. Both are cropped about 50% and are quite quirky. The spider was truly small, perhaps 5mm head-to-tail. You can just make out the silk leaving the spinneret. The fly was a relatively clean looking dung fly.




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Re: When all seems lost ...

I'm impressed.

"The fly was a relatively clean looking dung fly" You just like to think it was.

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Re: When all seems lost ...

Excellent shots. These were with the 12-50 in macro mode presumably?
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Re: When all seems lost ...

Great macro photos, exciting compositions.
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Re: When all seems lost ...

Nice shots

I have a "soft" spot for dung flies
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Re: When all seems lost ...

Thanks for looking in gents.



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Excellent shots. These were with the 12-50 in macro mode presumably?

Yes Roger, the 12-50mm in macro.
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Re: When all seems lost ...

Like the dung fly, nice composition.

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Re: When all seems lost ...

Hey mate,
Just a couple of questions. I am having trouble with macro...I have a 35mm macro lens. I find the small DOF frustrating to work with...especially when the subject mater (usually insects) love to move around. How do you combat that?
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How do you combat that?
Not sure if i'm the best qualified and i don't know what gear you're using, but i shoot in aperture priority and set aperture to f14. I shall experiment with stopping down further quite soon to figure out more about the diffraction limit of this lens. Other than that it's just ironing out a technique that works for you. I use live view magnify and move the camera back and forth until the area i'm after is sharp, and use the burst mode. Then cross my fingers.
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Re: When all seems lost ...

I just double checked and both of those were set to f11.

Interestingly the spider is in full sun (that and the large amount of fresh lime green oak leaves create the odd light) and camera selected ISO200 with shutter 1/160. The dung fly is ISO2000 shutter 1/80 (the noise is more noticeable, bearing in mind the crop also).
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Re: When all seems lost ...

Love the Dung Fly (wish they had a nicer name though! )
I am still learning with my 35mm, and I think you need patience, patience and then more patience.
I am more comfortable looking through the viewfinder, but Pete is right, I think you just have to fiddle around until you find a little technique that you are comfortable with. I tend to focus on a leaf (or area) and then hope like crazy that something obliges by jumping into frame! Works sometimes!
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Re: When all seems lost ...

Super images and a credit to the photographer and his gear. DoF with Macros is much a matter of compromise, aiming for too great a depth brings in diffraction softening. The most important factor is light - quality and quantity. Whatever the subject a faster shutter speed is important as only tiny movements of the subject or camera can ruin the focus. I use flash as much as possible and because I am, like Pete, often walking around looking for anything that moves it means using on-board flash. This is where a longer focal length lens is useful, increasing the camera to subject distance but I must admit the EM-5 flash is a real ball-ache here, as you need to make sure you have it with you, the various caps involved are ideal for losing in the field, it uses valuable power from the camera's already inadequate battery and it detracts greatly from the robust nature of the EM-5 when fitted.

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Re: When all seems lost ...

Nice set of macro's.

By the way the spider is a Green Orb Spider if you do not know.
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Thanks David and Paul.
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Re: When all seems lost ...

I like the spider you got from Morrisons .... with the 'M' on its bottom.

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