Stunning Macro

Started May 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
tt321 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,706
Re: Stunning Macro

s_grins wrote:

tt321 wrote:

s_grins wrote:

bluelemmy wrote:

I did a review of the Olympus 60mm macro lens here

Leif Erikson, in a comment, supplied this link.

It's not often that I'm gobsmacked as we English say but this German guy using MFT really does show how far M43 has come. There's a lot of work behind the scenes here to make these images. I wish I could do anything half as good.

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Yes, it is. I have my hat taken off. The only way for me to achieve this perfection is to freeze the beast (or maybe use a chloroform to make her sleep) Unfortunately, I can't do either.

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If it was not frozen, drugged, or even dead, and carefully posed in a fully controlled environment, how could it be shot with scores of exposures for focus stacking purposes without any motion?

One of the advantages with bug photography is that humans are not capable of distinguishing a fully alert specimen from a sleeping or even dead one by looking at a static 2D image. Other closer to home subjects such as mammals and humans do not provide this kind of facility/convenience to the photographer.

This is what I'm so fascinated about. I have no idea how to freeze or immobilize this thing. To make a little critter unmovable for a 3-10 min is a top achievement, I think.

Yes, it is possible to find a dead butterfly, but you can't build a portfolio based on accidental events.



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Camera in bag tends to stay in bag...

Freezing is presumably easy - I've not personally tried it but I did try cooling in the fridge at above 0C as I was not sure if freezing would kill (it might not, but I was not keen to find out). It does work quite well. You just return it to the fridge when it becomes too mobile for your liking. And after a quarter hour of work and some minutes to warm up they go away apparently unharmed at all - I personally have not tracked the rest of their lives to compare with control groups but at the point of their going away, they did appear quite normal.

This of course depends on first catching them. This could be done even without touching them. I've removed the branch etc. on which they were staying and moved the whole thing into the fridge without them flying away.

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