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    G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Hi everybody,

    I'm new here, my name is Rafael, and I live in Belgium, not far away from Brussels.
    I recently bought a G1 with the 2 kit lenses, and also an adaptor to be able to use my "old" Nikon stuff.

    For the first time in many years, I was again able to shoot with the macro bellows, that had been collecting dust in my old darkroom

    I just wanted to present to you the results of a first shoot ! Please let me know what you think about them !





    C U,
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Welcome Rafael! I have fond memories of working with bellows on my old Nikons too. It looks to be working very well on the G1. How did you light the Orchid? Are you using the exposure as given by the G1 meter? Nice job.

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Hi,

    for this shoot, I used incandescent light (just a lightbulb). Light measurement was indeed by the G1 sensor, but I had to correct it a little, because it tended to be to dark. Big advantage of the digital camera, you immediately see it if anything is wrong.

    I'll probably do more in the next days, maybe with natural lighting.

    I'm glad you liked them.

    Hey, this was the setup :



    Enjoy,
    Rafael

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Well done.

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Very good Rafael, it seems the DOF here is more then adequate.
    What aperture did you use ?

    Kind regards.
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    What aperture did you use ?
    Hi,

    that must have been f8 or f11, I can't remember exactely

    C U,
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Rafel, Very nice detail of the phal. Thank you also for the picture of your setup. Did the color come out correctly from the camera or did you have to correct it in postprocessing and what software did you use?
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Hi Peter,

    After I had compensated for the too dark results in the first place, the rest came out quite correctly. I have shot in RAW, and used Silkypixs to convert to jpg, maybe applying some extra contrast. Colour was OK, the pictures were made by incandescent light, and the white balance set for it.

    After all, not a hard job, and certainly much easier and much more sure than it was 25 years ago, shooting on film !

    C U,
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Hi,

    since the weather is very dull and rainy here in Belgium, I was happy that one of my wife's orchidees started flowering exactely today

    Here are some pics of it :







    Setup is G1 on Nikon bellows, 105 mm lens, stopped down to f11
    Shot in RAW and converted to jpg after corrections to exposure, colour balance, saturation and blacklevel

    I hope you like them !

    C U
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Welcome Rafael...

    this is a picturelust thread.... feed us
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    This morning I found this orchid, an Oncicium cheirophorum, had opened; each flower is 15mm wide. I am adding the pictures to this thread although it was not made with bellows rather than opening another orchid thread. I hope it can be accepted in the future as general orchid picture thread.



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    Oncicium cheirophorum
    G1 – Leica APO Macro Elmarit 100mm/2.8 ISO=100 1/4sec f/=11 – Raw Therapee + Gimp
    No correction apart from very minor sharpening and resizing


    Attachment 13319


    100% crop

    The G1 is a very capable camera for orchid photography. It is quite difficult to correctly render the colors and the luminosity of the little points you can see in the 100% crop. Until now, the only satisfactory results I achieved with a digital camera were with the Leica DMR. Neither various Canon DSLRs I tried, nor my Nikon D700 were capable of such good rendering in this special field.

    Last edited by petermcwerner; 10th March 2009 at 07:07.
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    Re: Satisfactory Results

    Quote Originally Posted by petermcwerner View Post
    The G1 is a very capable camera for orchid photography. Until now, the only satisfactory results I achieved with a digital camera were with the Leica DMR. Neither various Canon DSLRs I tried, nor my Nikon D700 were capable of such good rendering in this special field.
    Something that I have noticed is the beautiful way this camera draws clouds - it certainly reproduces them in a far more natural manner than a Canon 5D IMO.

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Orchidees are so attractif that I could not resist to take some more pics.















    Made with G1 and 45-200mm lens, at minimum focusing distance (ca 1m)
    Shot in RAW, adjusted colourtemperature, blacklevel, sharpness ... in Silkypix, and then converted to jpg. Borders added in PaintShopPro and resized for posting

    I hope you like them !
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    A clivia for you today !

    setup = G1 on bellows, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 @ f/16 1/20sec
    Processing : some cropping, exposure correction, blacklevel ctl, all in silkypix
    Border added, buttonised and rescaled for upload in Corel Paint Shop Pro PhotoX2

    I hope you like it !


    C U,
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Nice but scary Rafael, soon it is going to jump at you
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Macrophotography IS a dangerous hobby, Peter, very addictif
    Good that I take pictures of flowers, not of spyders, bugs ....
    That could become really frightening.

    BTW, magnification in this picture is 9.7 to 1

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Our orchidee is still flowering very well, and some new butts are coming out whilst the previous flowers are still there.

    Here's a pic, G1 with kitlens 14-45 @ 45mm f5.6
    Some work in Silkypix and in PSP PhotoX2



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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    I don't want to be disrespectful by correcting you in public so please take this kindly from a language teacher:
    You say "Orchids" and "Buds". Let's leave it at that ...

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Webster's new world dictionary of the american language, new, revised, expanded, pocket-size edition, (1979)

    butt : a large cask of wine or beer
    bud : small swelling on a plant

    Maybe, just maybe, do I know more about butts than about buds ???
    And I can't help it, but (again) I think I know "butt" from some other meaning also.

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Quote Originally Posted by f6cvalkyrie View Post
    ....
    butt : a large cask of wine or beer
    .....
    ...
    OK, then it would be possible to have a butt of Bud in the cellar?

    Now, can we get more off topic than this.....

    Nice flower shots, b t w....

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Quote Originally Posted by Per Ofverbeck View Post
    OK, then it would be possible to have a butt of Bud in the cellar?

    Now, can we get more off topic than this.....

    Nice flower shots, b t w....


    Excellent, Per !
    And thanks for you comment on the pic

    Have a nice weekend,
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere so thought I would mention that Raw Developer by Iridient Digital (Mac Only) does a great job with G1 files. All in all my favorite Raw software developer.

    Woody

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Hi,

    it's been several weeks since I took pictures of our orchid
    But now, it's flowering very well again (it's a keiki), so I put the G1 in front of it, with the Nikon 50mm f1.4 attached to it.

    This is the result :





    I hope you like them !
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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Raf

    Lovely picture but the contrast seems muted compared to images I have taken with this lens on my Contax RTS III? I am sure it could be corrected in PS CS4 but that is my observation. All in all, though, a very lovely image.

    woody Spedden

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Hi Rafael

    one of the things that I too like about my G1 is that it works so well with older manual focus stuff. I've been using extension tubes (which are cheaper) and getting great results too:



    and stuff in the field which I couldn't have done back with 35mm (composition and live view flexability). I could never have chased this bumble bee around ...



    and I probably wouldn't have "wasted film" on trying stuff like this either


    (of course some may I shouldn't have wasted space on it ;-)
    I didn't like what APS did to my lenses (espeically as I had a lovely TS-E 24 which became a useless TS-E 38 on a 20D) but I do like what can be done with the Micro 4/3rds stuff.

    Of course metering is just a simple setting of "shoot with lens off" and camera in Av mode.

    Great :-)

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    Not an orchid, but a Gerber Daisy. G1 on my Mamiya Auto Bellows with Mamiya 80 f/2.8 lens.

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    Re: G1 on bellows, macro with orchidees

    wow nice man I am hankering this camera!!!

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