Weekly macro / closeup thread for 22 April 07

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John K
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Weekly macro / closeup thread for 22 April 07
Apr 22, 2007

Every week just keeps getting better and better, and last week we had some great photos! Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's thread!

I took Mark Plonsky's advice again (keep it coming Mark!) and tried some shots around three times life size. After experimenting with a couple of different combinations I've settled on using a Tamron 2x and a 25mm extension tube to bring the final magnification up to 2.8x at F8 (if I stop down any more, or increase the magnification, diffraction robs me of any increase in depth of field). Here's a few shots from yesterday taken out on my mother in law's farm. You can read about the setup here: http://nocroppingzone.blogspot.com/2007/04/studio-macro.html

The only thing that I added to my MR-14 was a 430EX set to the "C" flash with a Lumiquest Pocket Bouncer that had a gold reflector insert in it (to make the light warmer). Using the 430EX kept the MR-14 from having to pump out a lot of light, so the reflections in this series are lower than the last. MR-14 set to -1/3 FEC, and 430EX set to -2/3 FEC (via the MR-14). Minimal post processing.

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Macro Technique Article: http://www.dalantech.com/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/83636/

Always minimal post processing and no cropping -unless you count the viewfinder...

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