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My First Foray into > 1:1 Macro Photography

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While I know these do not compare to the many extreme and extremely excellent macro shots here, I was incredibly excited to capture these images on my neighbor's rose plant. The first is a Cucumber beetle, I believe; and the second I believe is a jumping spider (at least he jumped around a lot as I was trying to photograph him!),
Equipment for these shots consists of a Tokina 100mm macro with Raynox DCR 250 lens attachment and camera flash with a white cloth diffusion material.
Finally, my gratitude to these patient insects for posing on this overcast day! RobertCucumber-Beetle-S.jpgJumping-Spider-S.jpg
 

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Not much wrong for first efforts at all.
 

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I agree, not bad for first efforts.
 

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I would be very proud of these if they were mine.
 

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great little jumper
 

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Excellent!!
 

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Nice results!
 

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Both excellent shots best is the jumper.
 

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Thank you all for your kind comments - I just received the Raynox in the post a few days ago and was anxious to try it out. Ended up with a dozen or so decent shots of the spider, but this was my favorite. All shots were hand-held, so a bit challenging as you all already know! Thanks for the inspiration I am finding here, and looking forward to more macro work - definitely "hooked"!
 

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G'day Robert

Your pics are excellent - as others above have already mentioned ... well done
I see that you are using the Raynox-250 close-up lens, and 'congratulations' again

I enjoy using close-up lenses too, and on another thread here a few days ago, we had a short discussion about them

For your reference [if you are not aware] the Raynox-250 is a "+4 dioptre" lens with a focal length of 1/4-metre, meaning that when it's on your camera lens with that main lens set to infinity, the new combo will focus at 1/4-metre. By using the main lens's focus mechanism you can focus a bit closer ~ probably down to 1/5-metre or 8-inches if you still work in inches.

It is a really beaut way of getting closeups ~ don't forget to create adequate depth-of-field via good selection of Aperture :)

Phil
 

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Nice shots! I've recently been doing a lot of macro photography. The smaller the insect, the more you'll get in focus with a shallow DOF. I found that once I go above the size of a bee, I get a better shot with my standard kit lens.
 

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G'day Robert

Your pics are excellent - as others above have already mentioned ... well done
I see that you are using the Raynox-250 close-up lens, and 'congratulations' again

I enjoy using close-up lenses too, and on another thread here a few days ago, we had a short discussion about them

For your reference [if you are not aware] the Raynox-250 is a "+4 dioptre" lens with a focal length of 1/4-metre, meaning that when it's on your camera lens with that main lens set to infinity, the new combo will focus at 1/4-metre. By using the main lens's focus mechanism you can focus a bit closer ~ probably down to 1/5-metre or 8-inches if you still work in inches.

It is a really beaut way of getting closeups ~ don't forget to create adequate depth-of-field via good selection of Aperture :)

Phil
Thanks Phil for the nice comments and info. I will look for the other thread. I realized a bit too late I was not focused at infinity - I had been focused at closest distance (got too excited!). I did try a few at infinity just before the spider decided he'd had enough, but never got better than the front legs in focus. I was shooting at F16, but will try smaller aperture next time (and monopod?!) with larger magnification. Boy what fun though!! Cheers!

Nice shots! I've recently been doing a lot of macro photography. The smaller the insect, the more you'll get in focus with a shallow DOF. I found that once I go above the size of a bee, I get a better shot with my standard kit lens.
Thanks for the encouragement! I am really looking forward to experimenting with the Raynox and a telephoto lens as they recommend. Cheers!
 

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@RobertG Hope you dont mind Robert, thought you might like it a little larger, Topaz Gigapixel AI. Just say if you mind and I'll remove it.

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@RobertG Hope you dont mind Robert, thought you might like it a little larger, Topaz Gigapixel AI. Just say if you mind and I'll remove it.

Garth, thank you!! Very grateful for your effort!! Cheers!
One additional shot now that a friend helped me identify what it is, a Mayfly. The equipment used was a Nikon 60mm Micro with the R1 Nikon macro flash attachment, 1:1 reproduction ratio on the lens.
Mayfly.jpg
 

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very good first go. nice job
 

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While I know these do not compare to the many extreme and extremely excellent macro shots here, I was incredibly excited to capture these images on my neighbor's rose plant. The first is a Cucumber beetle, I believe; and the second I believe is a jumping spider (at least he jumped around a lot as I was trying to photograph him!),
Equipment for these shots consists of a Tokina 100mm macro with Raynox DCR 250 lens attachment and camera flash with a white cloth diffusion material.
Finally, my gratitude to these patient insects for posing on this overcast day! RobertView attachment 306466View attachment 306467
Very good first try
 

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Good set and well exposed too
 

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Thank you all for the kind comments and encouragement - I have a long way to go, but thrilled with the journey so far! Cheers!
 

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I'm not experienced enough to pass much comment on the technicalities of the shots but you have achieved some very good results, I like them. I too use a Raynox DCR-250 and find it a cracking little "close up lens" to use" on my Vivitar 100 Macro lens - Or even on other lenses I have with extension tubes when needed, the Raynox (In my opinion) was worth every penny I paid for it.
 

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I'm not experienced enough to pass much comment on the technicalities of the shots but you have achieved some very good results, I like them. I too use a Raynox DCR-250 and find it a cracking little "close up lens" to use" on my Vivitar 100 Macro lens - Or even on other lenses I have with extension tubes when needed, the Raynox (In my opinion) was worth every penny I paid for it.
Hi Pete,
Thanks for the nice comments, and I agree about the Raynox. I was hesitant and a bit skeptical of the supposed results, but it really is some high-quality glass. Early days yet, but so far quite happy with it! Cheers!
 

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Great set and for first attempts I would be very happy.
 
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