Do we have better macro subjects than ugly bugs?

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ns66
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Do we have better macro subjects than ugly bugs?
Jun 8, 2008

well yes nature's creation like bugs have fine tiny details compared to man made objects, but i never find bugs pretty that i have the urge to look any closer LOL

any suggestion of prettier macro subjects (well we know about flowers :P)?

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My bugs
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tabloid wrote:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21386033@N03/

wah, those are big

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In reply to ns66, Jun 8, 2008

Honestly, anything looks interesting when blown up to 1:1. The issue is that some of it gets abstract and some people don't like that style. Take a look at many different types of materials that have interesting patterns or textures. Some of these can be great magnified.

As you mentioned, flowers can be infinitely fascinating. I have a small collection of recent work here: http://mikebrum.com/single.php?refid=742 for example.

Anything that's mechanical can render some great shots - like old watches or clocks. The gearing is awesome to look at blown up!

Macro, like any other aspect of photography, is a great way to exercise your imagination. Go ahead and shoot what you see. Sometimes the ideas don't work out, sometimes they do - that's 1/2 the fun!

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Great ladybug shots! (nt)
In reply to tabloid, Jun 8, 2008

no text.
Well, OK, some text.
But not that much.

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Re: Do we have better macro subjects than ugly bugs?
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Actually, I also think bugs are pretty and fascinating. Anyways, here goes:

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Rust?

Snow flakes?

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How about cute bugs?
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ns66 wrote:

tabloid wrote:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21386033@N03/

wah, those are big

-Give that man a macro lense....

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Maco Brainstorm!
In reply to ns66, Jun 9, 2008

Why not turn this thread into a brainstorm on suitable subjects for macro photography?

Most macros seem to be done on bugs, plants and small mechanical objects. What other great subjects could be considered?

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Re: Do we have better macro subjects than ugly bugs?
In reply to ns66, Jun 9, 2008

http://flickr.com/photos/johopo/sets/72157600169415648/

Not my photostream but I think that bugs and flowers (or even bugs on flowers) can look good if done right.

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In reply to Funpolice2050, Jun 9, 2008

yesssssss .. every creature is beautiful when you look at it close up .. how wonderful they are made ....

every part of their body might be useful for something either protection or else ?

get close and appreciate the variety of being on this planet before the global warming is destroying it .. find out more here http://www.holeepassion.com

thanks

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http://flickr.com/photos/johopo/sets/72157600169415648/

Not my photostream but I think that bugs and flowers (or even bugs on
flowers) can look good if done right.

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Frost on window?

Pills?

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Re: Do we have better macro subjects than ugly bugs?
In reply to Funpolice2050, Jun 9, 2008

Funpolice2050 wrote:

http://flickr.com/photos/johopo/sets/72157600169415648/

Not my photostream but I think that bugs and flowers (or even bugs on
flowers) can look good if done right.

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Very nice pictures.

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joe mama
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In reply to ns66, Jun 9, 2008

any suggestion of prettier macro subjects (well we know about flowers
:P)?

Tell me if these work for you -- no bugs, no flowers! : )

Canon 20D + 60mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 2.8, 1/25, ISO 400

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/52941708

Canon 20D + 60mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5, 1/250, ISO 400

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/52941722

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/320, ISO 1600

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/61655623

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 2.8, 1/250, ISO 400

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/61123024

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 Macro @ f / 5.6, 1/400, ISO 1600

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/63335303

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/400, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/72663094

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/320, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/72665996

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/400, ISO 400

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/72662099

Canon 5D + SIgma 150 / 2.8 macro @ f / 8, 1/125, ISO 200

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/74882298

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/200, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/72653403

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/250, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/71359710

Canon 5D + Sigma 150mm / 2.8 macro @ f / 5.6, 1/200, ISO 100

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/72654032

Canon 5D + Sigma 150 / 2.8 macro @ f / 8, 1/200, ISO 1600

http://www.pbase.com/joemama/image/77104802

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even the ugliest look compelling sometimes:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/qmusaget/755094347
so... perhaps you're just prejudiced?

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Darryl_Lessere
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In reply to ns66, Jun 9, 2008

I fell in love with the Lensbaby ver 2 w/ wide-macro attachment.

It's a really different look shooting flowers at f/2 with the tilt/shift bellows type lens. Might be worth a look - there's a few keepers in there.

http://greatone.smugmug.com/Flowers

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thien nguyen
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In reply to ns66, Jun 9, 2008

Not a pretty sight. It made me feel 10 years older instantly

Why travel the world looking for places to take photos
while your own skin doesn't get a look ?

Here is another one on my finger:

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Re: Do we have better macro subjects than ugly bugs?
In reply to ns66, Jun 9, 2008

ns66 wrote:

well yes nature's creation like bugs have fine tiny details compared
to man made objects, but i never find bugs pretty that i have the
urge to look any closer LOL

any suggestion of prettier macro subjects (well we know about flowers
:P)?

I'm sure that bugs don't find humans pretty either.

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In reply to beerguy, Jun 9, 2008

to beerguy / Psychedelic Ladybug :

that's probably the best macro I've seen this year - and I see a lot

congrats on this colorful, well composed, great instant picture

alain

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