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FINALLY! SPRING!

Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:57 pm

Ya shoulda seen me doing these. I have a poor man's macro, a couple of very inexpensive extension tubes, 10 and 16 mm. These were all made with my shorter zoom on the 16 mm tube, hand held (I know, I know), actually one hand held (I know, I know) because the free hand was steadying the branches in each case, just out of frame. Even so there was a certain amount of spray 'n' pray on account these are all about 3 or 4 times life size (I know, I know) so being reliant entirely on 1/250-second the image in the finder, well, the joint was jumpin'. Most were made around f/5.6 with my usual "floating" ISO, but there was thin overcast so the light was just about right for stuff like this. Obviously it would have been better to have had a tripod and a smaller aperture but I think for hand-held they're not bad?
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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:08 pm

I know, I know, you know...of the group #2 for me.....

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:18 pm

nice job Chuck, good weather is on it's way!

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Post by mikec » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:54 pm

Darn good for being hand held. A lot better than I could do.
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Post by minniev » Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:26 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:57 pm
Ya shoulda seen me doing these. I have a poor man's macro, a couple of very inexpensive extension tubes, 10 and 16 mm. These were all made with my shorter zoom on the 16 mm tube, hand held (I know, I know), actually one hand held (I know, I know) because the free hand was steadying the branches in each case, just out of frame. Even so there was a certain amount of spray 'n' pray on account these are all about 3 or 4 times life size (I know, I know) so being reliant entirely on 1/250-second the image in the finder, well, the joint was jumpin'. Most were made around f/5.6 with my usual "floating" ISO, but there was thin overcast so the light was just about right for stuff like this. Obviously it would have been better to have had a tripod and a smaller aperture but I think for hand-held they're not bad?
These are nice. Of course I never seem to have a tripod when I need it, so I sympathize. You got good detail anyway, and sweet spring color. The texture addict in me wants to encourage you to try them. This kind of flower photo is so fun with textures.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed May 02, 2018 12:16 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:08 pm
I know, I know, you know...of the group #2 for me.....
Thank you Frank! I am partial to that one also.
PietFrancke wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:18 pm
nice job Chuck, good weather is on it's way!
Thanks Piet. At this point we are grateful if the overnight temps stay above freezing. :D
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Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:54 pm
Darn good for being hand held. A lot better than I could do.
Thanks Mike, but I seriously doubt that. I just had the shutter cranked to 1/250 I think, but the downside was no depth of field. (?)
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These are nice. Of course I never seem to have a tripod when I need it, so I sympathize. You got good detail anyway, and sweet spring color. The texture addict in me wants to encourage you to try them. This kind of flower photo is so fun with textures.
I want to try textures! Give me some tips? Regarding tripods, they are a royal pain in the tuchus. In this case what I really needed was a monopod. As it happens I have a super cheap ($20 bucks?) plastic tripod that has a center column that pulls out and doubles as a monopod, but of course if I don't the tripod with me then I don't have the monopod neither. (N) I always have my "stringpod" but I didn't think to use it, and I still wouldn't have been able to stop down. But using the extension tube I had such high magnification that the only way I could focus at all was moving the whole camera, then cracking off a burst of 3 hoping for one that was sharp. :D A monopod would have been perfect for that technique.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed May 02, 2018 2:07 am

Hand-held? Amazing. I can't even get sharp photos with a tripod. Well done. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:24 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:57 pm
Ya shoulda seen me doing these. I have a poor man's macro, a couple of very inexpensive extension tubes, 10 and 16 mm. These were all made with my shorter zoom on the 16 mm tube, hand held (I know, I know), actually one hand held (I know, I know) because the free hand was steadying the branches in each case, just out of frame. Even so there was a certain amount of spray 'n' pray on account these are all about 3 or 4 times life size (I know, I know) so being reliant entirely on 1/250-second the image in the finder, well, the joint was jumpin'. Most were made around f/5.6 with my usual "floating" ISO, but there was thin overcast so the light was just about right for stuff like this. Obviously it would have been better to have had a tripod and a smaller aperture but I think for hand-held they're not bad?
Poor-mans or not, these are wonderful! S-
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Post by Charles Haacker » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:53 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
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Hand-held? Amazing. I can't even get sharp photos with a tripod. Well done. Matt
Gee I didn't see this post for a long time, but thanks Matt. Quite honestly I often shoot bursts on these and pick the sharp(est). If nothing passes muster then no one ever sees it. :|
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Poor-mans or not, these are wonderful! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:29 pm

Thanks Chuck. I will try using the burst approach and follow your lead about posting. Matt
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