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Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 10 months ago #1022

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It has been sometime since I posted here!! With all the exams and personal troubles and whatnot... anyways, I'm back! And with some photos! :woohoo:

Being heavily inspired by fellow Cazillion, Roy, I decided to order me a reverse ring. These aren't my first few attempts at Macro using the reverse ring, but I believe, these are the better ones (not best... just better than what I shot so far LULZ). :P

Photo 1:


The Blood Sucker At Large by Bright Ideas with Chan Udarbe, on Flickr

Shooting Information:

Nikon D5000
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 reversed
Manual Mode
1/180th @ f/?? (reversed)
ISO 1250
1 Off Shoe Flash Fired
1 Continuous Strobe

Off Shoe Flash Information:

Yong Nuo RF602 Trigger
1 x Yong Nuo YN465 Flash @ 1/64th Power
45 degrees on the right; directly pointed on the subject
No flash modifiers used
1 X Sunpak Auto Triac 3001
135 degrees on the right; directly pointed at the subject

Post Processing Information:

Adobe Lightroom 3
Cropped

Photo 2:


The Blood Sucker At Large by Bright Ideas with Chan Udarbe, on Flickr

Shooting Information:

Nikon D5000
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 reversed
Manual Mode
1/180th @ f/?? (reversed)
ISO 1250
1 Off Shoe Flash Fired
1 Continuous Strobe

Off Shoe Flash Information:

Yong Nuo RF602 Trigger
1 x Yong Nuo YN465 Flash @ 1/64th Power
45 degrees on the right; directly pointed on the subject
No flash modifiers used
1 X Sunpak Auto Triac 3001
135 degrees on the right; directly pointed at the subject

Post Processing Information:

Adobe Lightroom 3
Not Cropped

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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 10 months ago #1027

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Got a few more macro shots in my Flickr, too; hope you can view them and add me as contact :)

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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 10 months ago #1029

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Wow...His eye is just amazing!
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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1039

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Thanks Clair! It was difficult to focus on the eyes as it was all done manually. I literally broke a sweat! :lol:

I had to use my dad's old Sunpak strobe to add more light since there was nearly no light going in for me to use the electronic viewfinder properly. I coupled it with my Yong Nuo flash and I am pretty happy with the results! ;)

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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1051

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I particularly like the first one, that eye really pops out at you. :L Perfect focus too. Nicely done sir! :D
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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1053

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is this live subject?
nicely done Chris.
try using the KFC cover(bucket) as your diffuser for your pop-up flash. i saw some fiipino macrobots usings them. since you cant use the strobes you use in this subject when your out hunting for some bugs :)
keep it up
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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1058

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Thanks Conor! I was breaking a sweat on those shots! LOL

Thanks Roy! Yep its a live subject. Nice, I'll look into those KFC buckets. I was actually worried how to take shots in the field since I can't have my flash set up the way I did at home. LOL

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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1075

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Some more macro attempts :P

Photo 1:

I advice seeing this on the Original Size by way of Flickr to appreciate the compound eyes better.


Red Eyes (Housefly Macro) by Bright Ideas with Chan Udarbe, on Flickr

Photo 2:


Red Eyes (Housefly Macro) by Bright Ideas with Chan Udarbe, on Flickr

Photo 3:


Red Eyes (Housefly Macro) by Bright Ideas with Chan Udarbe, on Flickr

as for each of the photos' shooting information, I'll be inputting them in time. LOL Kinda lazy to look at the EXIF right now :P

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Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1077

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Did you mention the lens used or did I miss it?
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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1081

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Hello Josh! On my last post I didn't mention my equipment LOL I was a bit lazy to type my shooting information :P

I will be adding the shooting info in a bit :)

But generally, I shoot using my Nikon 18-55mm kitlens in reverse. Check out our fellow Cazillion, Roy; I got inspired by his shots and decided to get me a reverse ring like he did.

Trust me, my work is not as good as his! He has posted some threads of his shots and check his Flickr account. ;)

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Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1093

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I did see and read about Roy and the reverse rig. I hadn't heard about it before so I had to google it. Neat stuff and an inexpensive way to jump into macro. I'm curious though, is there an increased risk in damaging the lens on either side? Secondly, while Roy's pictures are great. Don't discount your own ability. Look, learn, and practice in all aspects of photography and you will grow into your own. The critiques will help too. I enjoyed your first attempts at macro. Keep shooting and posting.
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Re: Attempt at Macro!! 4 years 9 months ago #1097

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I haven't really heard anything about the lens being in an increased risk of being damaged on either end when using a reverse ring, however, I'd be a bit wary of the back end of the lens; since it is made to be covered all the time by the camera body, it may not have the same protective coating of the front of the lens. But that's what I think, LOL, I could be totally wrong there.

I used my kit lens since I hardly use it nowadays. So, if it does get damaged, I won't really mind too much. :P

Oh yeah! Thanks for that message, sure got me even more psyched about macro :)

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