********The Weekly Close Up 98/2013********

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smartbox
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********The Weekly Close Up 98/2013********
Apr 13, 2013

A quick note:

I apologize for my lack of feedback over the last few weeks.  It has been a crazy time for me within multiple facets of my life.  Thank you all for your understanding.

Welcome to the Weekly Close Up!!!

Thank you to all who contributed to last weeks thread.

The guidelines are the same, as always:

  • Please post your macro or close up captures.
  • Let everyone know what setup you used to take your captures and if you cropped.
  • Let us know any techniques that you used to get your close up results.
  • All camera and lens combinations are welcomed.
  • Please reply your post as a response to the opening post and switch to “Threaded View.”

Have fun and thank you in advance for your close up bug, flower and anything in-between captures. Participation, comments and feedback are very much encouraged.

Good Day!!!

BJ

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new lens test shot
In reply to smartbox, Apr 13, 2013

I've just acquired an OM Zuiko 38mm f/3.5 macro.
On the OM bellows this lens will work up to x6 magnification, but with very short working distances and extreme shallow DOF. I'm hoping to start working with Focus Stacking soon - one aspect of macro shooting I've not tried, and this lens should be ideal for what I like to shoot.

Today though I thought I'd just give the lens a quick try-out to confirm that its OK optically, so I put it on my OM 65-116mm tele tube and took it outside for some hand-held shots.

I've got to say that this lens is definitely not designed for hand-held work. Trying to hold the camera steady for a shot even at x3 was quite difficult.

I got enough nice shots to confirm that the lens is plenty sharp enough for my needs . . .

A Green Bottle fly basking in the morning sun

OM Zuiko 38mm f/3.5 macro at f/8

And a close-up crop of the detail of the right eye . . .

green bottle fly, detail of compound eye

Peter

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Re: new lens test shot
In reply to Messier Object, Apr 13, 2013

I'm not sure which lens is more impressive, the 38mm or the fly's.

(they look weird enough to us - god knows what we look like to them)

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summer 2011, butterfly and milkweed
In reply to smartbox, Apr 13, 2013

with the 50-200mm at 200mm, horizontal crop

with the 50-200mm at 200mm,  horizontal crop

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Re: new lens test shot
In reply to Messier Object, Apr 13, 2013

The fly looks very nice at that magnification.  A lot of detail, and could be even more since you said hand held.  I don't really see any evidence of motion blurr, but it could account for some of the fuzziness in the detail crop.

I'm jealous but don't know if I have the patience anymore for what you are about to attempt.  I'll have to think about that after the 'fuzziness' from the medication stops in a couple of months.

Andrew

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Re: summer 2011, butterfly and milkweed
In reply to Brad Ross, Apr 13, 2013

Super captures!!

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Re: summer 2011, butterfly and milkweed
In reply to Brad Ross, Apr 13, 2013

Like the first image a lot!  Very nice detail and good 'scenic' elements.

Andrew

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Double Birth
In reply to smartbox, Apr 13, 2013

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Spring Flowers
In reply to smartbox, Apr 13, 2013

A few flowers from this week when we had our first 80F days and our first tornado watch ...  All taken with the E-520 and the Sigma 105mm macro...

Columbine

False Garlic (I think)

Bee on a purple flower (not yet identified)

All identifications are tentative and correction are appreciated..... as are comments..

Edit: Not sure what is happening with the pictures... After posting two seem to not appear on my computer or my iPAD -- the captions are there, but as I Edit this one and a half of them came back.  Also when looking at full view I can cycle through them even when I can't see them on the page.... Oh well hope you get to see them here or in the gallery if you so desire ....

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Re: new lens test shot
In reply to Messier Object, Apr 13, 2013

Right on, nice setup!  6x magnification that should be plenty.  Awesome capture with amazing detail and magnification of the right eye.  Thanks for sharing.

BJ

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Re: summer 2011, butterfly and milkweed
In reply to Brad Ross, Apr 13, 2013

Nicely captured.  I really like the composition of the milkweed.  Way-to-go!

BJ

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Re: Double Birth
In reply to carizi, Apr 13, 2013

Excellent macro capture.  Nice detail and sharpness.  The LX7 continues to amaze.  Well done!

BJ

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Re: Spring Flowers
In reply to WhyNot, Apr 13, 2013

I can see the images without any issues.

I'll take the nice temperatures but not the tornado watch.  Either way, looks like it was a great day for taking a few close ups.  Nice captures and way to make use of the natural light.  Well done!

BJ

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Re: new lens test shot
In reply to Messier Object, Apr 13, 2013

Excellent find, Peter!   Would love to see macro shots with flash lighting.   I remember Jim having and showing, if memory does not fail me, superb macro captures with an OM 20mm macro lens.....

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Re: summer 2011, butterfly and milkweed
In reply to Brad Ross, Apr 13, 2013

Nice capture on the butterfly.......

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Re: Spring Flowers
In reply to WhyNot, Apr 13, 2013

Flowers are showing fine....Beautiful set with the Sigma......

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Re: Spring Flowers
In reply to WhyNot, Apr 13, 2013

DPR continues to have unacknowledged problems.  Don't know how difficult it would be to have a notice on the news page or elsewhere about on going issues, because there are plenty!!!!  Frustrating and irritating.

However, your pictures are very nice.  Like the first image a lot.  It is well composed and has a pleasing background.

Andrew

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Re: new lens test shot
In reply to Messier Object, Apr 13, 2013

Interesting new lens and nice shot... I look forward to your continued efforts, especially the focus stacking.. I assume that if you intend to continue with the fly he'll have to be pretty cold or dead or incredibly patient to be stacked.

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Re: summer 2011, butterfly and milkweed
In reply to Brad Ross, Apr 13, 2013

Nice pictures, I like what you did with the butterfly...  I actually saw one the other day but he probably won't sit down for several more months ....

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Re: Double Birth
In reply to carizi, Apr 13, 2013

I have to admit I have no idea what I'm looking at but that LX-7 seems to do a very good job with close ups .. I always liked the DOF I could get with smaller sensors...

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