06-05-2009, 07:13 PM
Great image and ID info. All the other images are nice also.
Originally Posted by Peekayoh
06-06-2009, 03:49 AM
Thanks Frank, you say the nicest things.
I have to confess though that the Bumblebee should be sharper and she is blending too much into the background.
In my defense, I have to say it's difficult to aquire manual focus and release the shutter at the required instant. It's impossible to predict the Bee's next movement (they wriggle incessantly).
Still, it's the best shot I could get in the time available. Maybe another day!
06-06-2009, 05:26 AM
I think this is a hover fly. I wish it was a bit sharper and flower bud more in focus, any constructive criticism welcome !
Camera : A700
Exposure : 1/320 @f/9
ISO : 500
Lens : Sony 100mm macro
06-06-2009, 07:00 AM
Nice hover fly! The focus is hard to get especially on these little things. You'll get em next time! I always get so excited if after I get one and nail the focus like my last two bee pictures!
Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II
06-06-2009, 08:42 AM
I think this is a Rose.
Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:06:02 10:13:07
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 300.0mm (35mm equivalent: 450mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0004 s (1/2500)
ISO equiv: 400
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
06-06-2009, 10:12 AM
On the way back from Bakersfield, CA to Los Angeles, I stopped at the Fort Tajon state park for a photo respit. According to the park literature, this Fort was the first place in the US where the Cavalry used Camels!
A900 w/ Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
70mm @ f/11, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
Minolta RC-1000 remote commander
Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
YashikaMat 6x6 TLR
Minolta Maxxum 7000
w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
Minolta Maxxum 5000i
& Vivitar 728 AFM flash
06-06-2009, 10:33 AM
06-06-2009, 06:42 PM
OK Saf, seeing as you asked!
Originally Posted by saf
Depth Of Field (DOF) is the killer with Macro shots.
I'll take a punt and guess you were about a foot away from the subject which gives (at f9) a DOF of 0.09" but half of that will be in front of the focal plane and may not figure at all so the effective DOF may be as low as 0.045". (If you've cropped a bit it could be more, say 0.06".) When you consider that the Fly stands maybe 0.16" tall, you can see that some part of the insect will inevitably be OOF, to say nothing of the flower. Picking your focus point is crucial. If the darn thing will stand still long enough, picking a point partway down the body, say the wing root, will utilise the DOF this side of the focal plane and maximise what little DOF you have.
If you're willing to push the envelope ISO800 f16 1/160th would have almost doubled the DOF to 0.16" total (wow).
If you want the flower in focus as well, you have to cheat a bit. If you look at the Bumblebee I posted on the previous page I seem to have a greater DOF; I didn't. After the Bumblebee departed I refocussed and shot the flower on its own. I layered the two pics in PS and masked the OOF flower allowing the in focus flower to show through.
BTW, I never found AF to be much use for Macro work which is why I got rid of my AF Macro lens and went back to the MD Lens.
06-06-2009, 09:37 PM
I just came back from a trip to chicago and it was quite the time. I was about to take a picture of this fountain and my buddy walked right into my picture and it acctually became one of my favorite shots. it really has alot of depth to it.
tamron 17-50 2.8
Sony SAL 11-18
Sony 35 1.8
06-06-2009, 10:36 PM
i like BOOBIES!
Last edited by Elisha; 06-06-2009 at 10:41 PM.