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    Fun With Macros

    Here's a one handed, arm extended, almost fell in the pond, live view, macro of one of my little green friends at the lily pond. Early morning light.

    Pentax K5 / DA 35mm macro ISO 400 f/4.5 1/160

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    Nicely seen, Jim. I saw this image on DPreview earlier today and was about to comment there. I feel like you made a similar shot a year or so back with the D-Lux 4, and this one is easily it's equal....lovely work, as usual...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Nicely seen, Jim. I saw this image on DPreview earlier today and was about to comment there. I feel like you made a similar shot a year or so back with the D-Lux 4, and this one is easily it's equal....lovely work, as usual...
    Ashwin, yes... photo ops are limited these days due to the demands of my job so I've not been able to do much with any of my cameras.. this was a quick trip to the lily pond using the K5 again to see if I could get better focus lock on the little green people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Here's a one handed, arm extended, almost fell in the pond, live view, macro of one of my little green friends at the lily pond. Early morning light.

    Pentax K5 / DA 35mm macro ISO 400 f/4.5 1/160
    Beautiful shot Jim. Love the lush greens. You must have very accommodating frogs to get that close with the 35.
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    Very nice, Jim!

    The little green people often don't sit still long enough to get a good shot... :-)

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    Jim, how you find the 35mm macro if you were shooting non macro subjects? I understand that lens is hyper sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Jim, how you find the 35mm macro if you were shooting non macro subjects? I understand that lens is hyper sharp.

    - Raist
    I really like it - it is sharp, but I don't find it brutal. A lovely lens IMHO.

    Jim - great shot - I wish I had nice little green frogs like that in the pond I wish I had (Ponds around here end up as mosquito breeding grounds . . . unless you have little green frogs I guess!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Very nice, Jim!

    The little green people often don't sit still long enough to get a good shot... :-)
    They certainly don't
    Here is a different kind of little green person:



    Taken with the 100 WR this morning

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    . . . . . and here are one or two more


    (taken with the 18-135 at 135)

    Emma's currants looking like gooseberries

    (taken with the 100 WR)


    Simple this one - but I like it

    (taken with the 100 WR)

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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Jim, how you find the 35mm macro if you were shooting non macro subjects? I understand that lens is hyper sharp.

    - Raist
    I really like the 35. Sharp, quiet, and capable of macro as well as normal shooting. Good color and contrast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Very nice, Jim!

    The little green people often don't sit still long enough to get a good shot... :-)
    Well, these frogs don't seem to mind a lens in their face at all. Most of them will allow you to get within inches. I have even reached out and picked one up and then placed it back on a "better" lily pad.

    I believe these are a type of tree frog. The lily pond is only about 12 by 24 feet in size but there are a lot of rushes and lily pads so it is sometimes hard to get a clear shot... but they are very accomodating. The larger ones rarely budge.. the younger, smaller ones are a bit more twitchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    ... I believe these are a type of tree frog. The lily pond is only about 12 by 24 feet in size but there are a lot of rushes and lily pads so it is sometimes hard to get a clear shot... but they are very accomodating. The larger ones rarely budge.. the younger, smaller ones are a bit more twitchy.
    They look like the Green Tree Frog to me, Hyla cinerea. Here's a whole page devoted to them:

    http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek050922.html

    They're nocturnal so when you see them during the day they're often sleeping.

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    Jim, that's one great frog shot. You nailed the focus. I'm terrible at macros, haven't got many good macro shots with my DFA 100mm WR. Does the shorter FL provide a larger DOF and help focusing?

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    Hi there Jim,

    great thread and it always makes me smile seeing your "green friends".
    Lovely creature and well captured.

    Kind regards.
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    Jim,

    It would be great to see a comparison photograph taken with your GH2, though perhaps you do not have an equivalent lens for it. Without falling in the pond, since the Panny isn't weather resistant! Easy for me to say, as I sit here at the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    I really like the 35. Sharp, quiet, and capable of macro as well as normal shooting. Good color and contrast.
    Thanks. I think I will probably end up with 3 pancakes:

    DA 21
    DA 70 (already have these two)

    And the DA 35 for the macro shots, but was thinking could probably use it even for some street life.

    And my new 50-135 DA*. And with that call it done for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Here's a one handed, arm extended, almost fell in the pond, live view, macro of one of my little green friends at the lily pond. Early morning light.

    Pentax K5 / DA 35mm macro ISO 400 f/4.5 1/160

    WOW!

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    Hi there Ario,
    now I do like the flowers but it's more close-up IMO rather than macro.
    I'd like to see some true 'macro' work !
    What about a nice bee or butterfly or a weird bug ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hi there Ario,
    now I do like the flowers but it's more close-up IMO rather than macro.
    I'd like to see some true 'macro' work !
    What about a nice bee or butterfly or a weird bug ?

    Kind regards.
    Here's an unknown species (to me) of bee. The flower is 3 cm in diameter, which means the bee is about 5mm in length.
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    PS great frog Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Here's an unknown species (to me) of bee. The flower is 3 cm in diameter, which means the bee is about 5mm in length.
    Tom

    PS great frog Jim
    Nice picture Tom
    It's a hover-fly rather than a bee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Nice picture Tom
    It's a hover-fly rather than a bee.

    all the best
    Thanks Jono, although I must admit I have a fondess for bees which is lacking for flys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Thanks Jono, although I must admit I have a fondess for bees which is lacking for flys.
    Ah yes - but hover-flys aren't really flys - and they're rather likeable (at least, I think they are!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Ah yes - but hover-flys aren't really flys - and they're rather likeable (at least, I think they are!).
    Yes, that's it a hover-thingy !
    And Jono knows best and he's a gent too

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Here's an unknown species (to me) of bee. The flower is 3 cm in diameter, which means the bee is about 5mm in length.
    Tom

    PS great frog Jim
    I love it, Tom: the colours, the bee (hover-fly, thank you Jono), the rain drops, the lot

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    I think this thread will always be recognized as Jim's "green frog thread"...and rightly so. I can't honor Bart's request for bugs, etc. Will thorny, prickly stuff suffice? Just something to keep this thread going.
    Used 100 macro WR on K-5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    I think this thread will always be recognized as Jim's "green frog thread"...and rightly so. I can't honor Bart's request for bugs, etc. Will thorny, prickly stuff suffice? Just something to keep this thread going.
    Used 100 macro WR on K-5.

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    All pretty 'sharp' stuff, Roy.

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    Tried my hand on a bit of close-up&macro with the K5.











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    Wow! Like the light, love the images...these are with the new Macro-Elmarit?

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    Wow! Like the light, love the images...these are with the new Macro-Elmarit?

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    Hi there Roy, yep these are with the newly converted old AME ...

    All the very best.
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    Some shots from today's evening stroll with the AMER.







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    Bart: beautiful images...the closer you look, the more detail you find.

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    Really great shots. I particularly like the 3rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Bart: beautiful images...the closer you look, the more detail you find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Really great shots. I particularly like the 3rd.

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    Roy, Jim: thank you.

    Three more (poppies).







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    Hi Bart,
    Fantastic macro images.
    I see why Roy said it was one of the best macro lenses ever!
    That and the talent behind it, looks like a great combination!
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    Bart: the first of the poppy shots (of the second set) goes into my scrapbook of all-time classic images...that's really a beautiful image! And the closer you look, the more you see.
    Great photographer with a marvelous lens...

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    Roy, Malcom: thanks guys for your encouraging words.
    The following images were shot under windy conditions.
    But I felt quite lucky a handful were more or less in focus.







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    Beautiful pics, Bart! You must have brain surgeon's hands.

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    Lots of great photos here!

    @ Knorp, the backlit 'droopy' poppy is wonderful!

    Just came across these dragonflies today while out for a walk in the dark, cloudy/rainy weather we are having...can't wait for better weather!





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    Neil: fine dragonfly pics... lens weapon of choice?

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    Neil: fine dragonfly pics... lens weapon of choice?

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    Thanks Roy - it is lens that almost hasn't left my camera since I got it...the 100mm f2.8 WR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilvan View Post
    Lots of great photos here!

    Just came across these dragonflies today...
    Actually, they are Damselflies.

    Cheers... M

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilvan View Post
    Lots of great photos here!

    @ Knorp, the backlit 'droopy' poppy is wonderful!

    Just came across these dragonflies today while out for a walk in the dark, cloudy/rainy weather we are having...can't wait for better weather!
    Beautiful shots, Neil. Damsel- and dragonflies are my favourite critters.

    I'm 'suffering' in particular from windy weather conditions here.
    Almost impossible to get anything properly sharp and/or in focus.

    Thank you and kind regards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelinA2 View Post
    Actually, they are Damselflies.

    Cheers... M
    Thanks for the correction, bug ID has never been my thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Beautiful shots, Neil. Damsel- and dragonflies are my favourite critters.

    I'm 'suffering' in particular from windy weather conditions here.
    Almost impossible to get anything properly sharp and/or in focus.

    Thank you and kind regards.
    I hear you, fourth day of 'summer' here and it's just pouring rain right now...
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    Trying to keep Jim's "green frog" thread going. All pics taken with the 35/2.8 Macro lens...crouching in damp, buggy underbrush early Sunday AM.

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    Last edited by benroy; 19th December 2014 at 08:26.

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    I'm not sure if these were with a Sigma 105/2.8 or Pentax bellows... these are quite old





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    Time for some more close-ups





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    Very nice.

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    Some more from the APO-Macro-Elmarit-R (100/2.8)





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    Bart: wonderful images!

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