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    Corlan F, Cindy Flood, bondo, and ecsh,
    Wonderful macro shots! Your lenses (AI-S Nikkor 28mm/2.8, Zeiss 50/2 Makro, Mamiya 80/1.9, Zeiss 100 ZF, and Nikon 100 VR) have produced truly stunning close-up images. All the best, Leica 77

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Bondo: wonderful stuff. My favorite is number 6 (?) the been hovering over the blue flower. The sheen on his eyes is very cool.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Thank you '77 and Tim, and also Corlan in an ealier comment. Much appreciated

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Bondo, All I can say is WOW! Your skill with that lens is amazing. I can't wait for the wildlife addition next.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Thank you, Cindy, you are far too kind I need to admit that I'm not quite sure how to do the 28mm-AIS-Nikkor-meets-Grizzly part

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Thank you, Cindy, you are far too kind I need to admit that I'm not quite sure how to do the 28mm-AIS-Nikkor-meets-Grizzly part
    Oh, shoot! I had visions of "Bondo meets tiger--up close and personal!"
    Maybe you better start out with birds and small mammals.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    (...) I had visions of "Bondo meets tiger--up close and personal!" (...)
    admittedly it sounds really cool, Cindy, but ...

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    Ecsh - nice bouquets Like the first one with a variety of colors.

    Bondo - quite nice pictures with the 28, especially the ones with the blue flower IMO. Regarding the wild beasts, if you're game the way to go is by keeping the 28 but switching to some full format body


    Is it me or can we discern a hint of glutony here ?

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Impressive close-up, Corlan And you're right, I need a 24x36mm sensor to do the 28mm justice

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Great macro digital images by so many fine contributors here. I post one for the flower lovers. AF Nikkor 28-105mm Macro. Macro mode set at 105mm. Color and B/W blending using Adobe Photoshop. Thank you for looking. Leica 77


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    Beautiful, '77 !
    And an interesting mix of B&W and color.
    I wouldn't even know how to do that, probably because I don't use Photoshop.
    For postprocessing I use RAW converters only, e.g. NX, C1, Bibble and RawTherapee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Beautiful, '77 !
    And an interesting mix of B&W and color.
    I wouldn't even know how to do that, probably because I don't use Photoshop.
    For postprocessing I use RAW converters only, e.g. NX, C1, Bibble and RawTherapee.
    Many thanks, bondo, for your kind comments! Here is a straight full color image of the same flower from a slightly different angle. Thanks again. Leica 77


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Oh, shoot! I had visions of "Bondo meets tiger--up close and personal!"
    Maybe you better start out with birds and small mammals.
    ... or some salads


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Again very beautiful, '77, lovely colors. Nikon or Fuji ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    ... or some salads


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    Hello bondo,
    You are pretty smart to choose the salads instead of tigers, leopards, and other mega fauna. All the best, Leica 77

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Again very beautiful, '77, lovely colors. Nikon or Fuji ?
    Many thanks for your kind comments, bondo! You have asked a right question. I enjoy using several DSLR cameras (Nikon, Fuji, and Olympus/Panasonic). For flower and people shots, I prefer using my Fuji DSLR for the reason you mentioned -- its lovely intrinsic colors. Recently, however, I downloaded the Nikon D2X color modes on to my Nikon D300 through one of the official Nikon websites. Nowadays, I frequently use the D2X "Color Mode I" in my D300. Once again, thanks so much for your positive words of encouragement. All the best, Leica 77

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Bondo- good move, salad is on the safe side

    Leica77- nice to see you around, very subtle shades indeed in the flower shots. Also a great contrast with natural complementary hues


    From a former series here's a couple of test shots @f2.8 handheld, with wild beasts -though not as dangerous as Bondo's tigers- in action. Extreme shallow DOP, isn't it ?

    In both instances the aimed focus was at the front leg, grabbing the flower :

    The first one:



    Another flower (same angle):


    (sorry for the bad jpeg quality, some computer issues so can't work on larger files for the time being)


    The last one here is kind of a performance from the camera standpoint, at real speed the eye can't catch anything else than what appears to be an ultra-fast flapping bee form. In fact it's a butterfly (please click):

    Last edited by Corlan F.; 6th August 2009 at 08:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Bondo- good move, salad is on the safe side

    Leica77- nice to see you around, very subtle shades indeed in the flower shots. Also a great contrast with natural complementary hues


    From a former series here's a couple of test shots @f2.8 handheld, with wild beasts -though not as dangerous as Bondo's tigers- in action. Extreme shallow DOP, isn't it ?

    In both instances the aimed focus was at the front leg, grabbing the flower :

    The first one:



    Another flower (same angle):


    (sorry for the bad jpeg quality, some computer issues so can't work on larger files for the time being)


    The last one here is kind of a performance from the camera standpoint, at real speed the eye can't catch anything else than what appears to be an ultra-fast flapping bee form. In fact it's a butterfly (please click):

    Hello Corlan F.,

    Beautiful color and bokeh in all your wonderful images! Best regards, Leica 77

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    Thanks for your continuing support -always fun to share even with quite less-than-perfect shots

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Those captures are very beautiful, Corlan. At f/2.8 the bokeh is so butter smooth.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Oh, shoot! I had visions of "Bondo meets tiger--up close and personal!"
    Maybe you better start out with birds and small mammals.
    OK, no more postponement (I cheated and used a 100mm, just for a start )












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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Not sure this series' macro... though a great, great little story teller
    at least for sure one animal is enough of a "wild beast" for the other one...

    Would definitely have its say in the Fun section

    The cat's look in last two images in a raw (lol) is just priceless -comic strip quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    OK, no more postponement (I cheated and used a 100mm, just for a start )


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    Hello bondo,
    I agree with Corlan F. that the expression of the cat is pricessless. Too bad the cat did not have your camera to take an image of your expression at the time the bird flew away! It's excellent that you are still staying away from Tigers, Leopards, lions, etc. All the best, Leica 77
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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    These are not really macro either, taken with a standard zoom, but I think they fit within the "tradition" of this thread. I saw this lily as I left my father's house to go shopping yesterday. Flowers aren't really my thing, but this one looked too perfect to resist

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    Real nice lily, Jorgen. You had to take this one. The first, simple one is my favorite -nice PP btw.
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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Unlike some pretenders around here, the real wildlife photographer never hesitates to risk a close-up of dangerous beasts in the true essence of their natural habitats.

    Offered as a proof, this is from film, years ago with an all-around 35mm -captured on the fly.

    Meet the tiger...

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Thanks, Corlan.

    Impressive tiger photo
    How you manage to get the tiger to pose like that before it eats its pray is beyond me

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    well folks, sometimes macro means very small and sometimes it means very big
    at least I did use the right type of lens, a genuine "ZF makro"
    next time I'll get closer - if I dare ...

    Corlan, that tiger set up ...
    completely irresponsible if you ask me
    unless of course the cute kid is a tiger whisperer and knows exactly what she is doing

    Jorgen, though you don't do flower shots, you do it very well. Beautifull water lily

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    back to micro macro .-)


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    The tiger photo was taken a few years ago walking by our daughter's room in a rented vacation house. Her genuine half-bored expression combined with the contrasting tiger intense interest made it one of our family keeper despite the poor intrinsec photographic/print quality.

    Bondo, your last butterfly effort is extremely nice. Maybe it would deserve a vertical presentation ? (and also, then, just retouch/erase the mauve flower tip on the right edge (bottom as it is)). Really like this one, and its quite subtle light. A quiet form of beauty.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Thanks, and yes you are right, Corlan, it needs some more space to get the swing.

    Here's a somewhat vertical version





    I think maybe I prefer just to put some more space around it and let it stay horizontal, showing the branch coming from the left


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Hi Steen,
    sorry for not being clear: what i actually meant by "vertical" was 90 rotation CCW
    Combined with the small correction on the right edge as in your last version.

    Or with the same rotation, square format is nice too (i've just tried quickly).

    Anyway, nice photo -it's simply the butterfly facing downwards...

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    Haha, now I see what you mean, Corlan.
    And you might not be amused with these ones ...
    I apologize for their uncontrolled and improper behaviour












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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    At least this lady dressed in white has good manners, not at all like the above Captain Blackbaird and his gang



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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Haha, now I see what you mean, Corlan.
    And you might not be amused with these ones ...
    I apologize for their uncontrolled and improper behaviour












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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    At least this lady dressed in white has good manners, not at all like the above Captain Blackbaird and his gang



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    That's a relief indeed


    Btw, very nice, all of them!

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    yet another upside down fella ...



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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Missed this terrifyingly terrific spider shot.
    Do you have these in Scandinavia ?


    Not a lot of posts lately on this thread... here's a simple red bouquet:
    (no saturation applied either in-camera or PP)


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Missed this terrifyingly terrific spider shot.
    Do you have these in Scandinavia ?


    Not a lot of posts lately on this thread... here's a simple red bouquet:
    (no saturation applied either in-camera or PP)

    Hello Corlan F.,
    Beautiful natural colors! All the best, Leica 77

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Lovely bouquet bokeh, Corlan

    And yes, my spider was a common European garden spider / cross spider from our own garden here in Denmark.
    And it's actually not all that big, something like one inch from finger to toe, a small male. I just went very close and also cropped the image heavily afterwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi There
    it's the time of year for macros (at least in the North). Everything is fresh and green.

    I'll get started - here are a few from the D3 with the nikon 105 AFS VR - all on continuous focus (single point) auto ISO (I like it easy!).

    Bracken and blue flower (shame on me)


    Yesterday it was a red tulip!


    Apple blossom is just the best!


    This is the only one with any serious photoshop (in fact it's from 3 shots)


    Actually, maybe tulips are the best


    Love Lies Bleeding - the cliche of the year! (my take on it)


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    Glad to see that you are back. Believe me, you were sorely missed!

    Hope you had a good "resting" period.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Hi L77, thanks for the encouragement. I have to sort out an issue here, since i got my new screen i sometimes experience discrepancies in saturation (visually) between NX2 and PS CS4 and forum display... like on this one.


    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Lovely bouquet bokeh, Corlan

    And yes, my spider was a common European garden spider / cross spider from our own garden here in Denmark.
    And it's actually not all that big, something like one inch from finger to toe, a small male. I just went very close and also cropped the image heavily afterwards
    Hi Steen, thanks for the information. Not being too much of a spider connoisseur (and don't do macro on spiders... ne-ver) this one looked exotic enough to me. Now i'll have to check if what we have on the premises look as "inviting".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    yet another upside down fella ...



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    Hello bondo,
    I agree with Corlan F., that I am not a connoisseur of spiders either. However, your image is more artistic than zoological and has a certain appeal to non-connoisseurs. The image produced by the combination of your Nikon D300 + Zeiss ZF 100mm is sharp and has beautiful details. The saturation of colors is perfect! Cheers! Leica 77

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Thanks a lot for the kind words, Leica 77.

    I agree that the D300 with Zeiss ZF lenses has turned out to be a very fortunate combination, at least for me.
    For the first time in the digital era I'm very satisfied with what I've got.

    Here's an obviously very popular flower, this time with the Nikkor AF-S 1.4/50mm G lens.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Thanks a lot for the kind words, Leica 77.

    I agree that the D300 with Zeiss ZF lenses has turned out to be a very fortunate combination, at least for me.
    For the first time in the digital era I'm very satisfied with what I've got.
    Hello bondo,
    I can also relate to what you said -- "For the first time in the digital era I'm very satisfied with what I've got." For me, the combination of the D300 with various Nikkor lenses, especially the AF Nikkor 18-200mm VR, has given me much satisfaction. Initially, I had to try different Picture Control settings with the D300. Finally, I can get "Velvia" like color qualities through my current settings. I am also using the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (ver. 2.4). All the best, Leica 77

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    (...) Recently, however, I downloaded the Nikon D2X color modes on to my Nikon D300 through one of the official Nikon websites. Nowadays, I frequently use the D2X "Color Mode I" in my D300. (...)
    Leica, I completely agree with you on the usefulness of the Capture NX profiles for Nikon NEF files: the Picture Control modes.
    And I also agree with you about the color acuracy of D2Xmode1, especially I have found it is the perfect mode for true and accurate rendition of subtle landscape colors like for example in cloudy weather, which sometimes can be tricky to get right.
    For this diadem spider I chose the Neutral Picture Control mode.


    Garden spider, diadem spider, or cross spider (lat.: Araneus diadematus)


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    If you are about to be eaten by such a fellow it's most likely a somewhat backlit experience


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Hi Steen, terrifyi... er, terrific close ups.
    Btw this time i can guarantee we don't have these in our gardens down south. No way.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Oh yes, you dooo ...


    webphone home


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Well i've looked everywhere in the garden and no opportunity to get such a good subject (and very nice shot btw).

    So i permanently decided that there was no spiders in my area.

    Found this, though:


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Another "semi-macro", with the 50:


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Poor little creature stuck in the web.
    Where there is a web, there is - or has been - a spider
    Nice macro captures, Corlan

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