April 24, 2008 11:14 by Adrian

No worries, no close up shots of cockroaches.. whew.. I may get the AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF-ED and shoot it from a distance.. far far away.. anyways, these are some of the insect shots that I've taken of late.. 

The picture below of the fly, well that fella was more cooperative than the bee pictures below.. Bees are really fast and not cooperative at all.. I recommend a really fast shutter speed but one that isn't fast enough to freeze the wings ya! there must be some motion in the wings or else it would look pretty dead.. :P

Enjoy! 

 
 

April 18, 2008 09:17 by Adrian

Nothing brings up more brilliance of color and beauty like flowers..  Below are some of the close up shots of flowers using the Nikon AF-S 105mm lens.. 

In Macro photography, f/2.8 can be as razor thin as less than a few mm.. the good thing is that this type of work usually takes place in bright areas which allows for sufficient light to get more depth of field by lowering the aperture.. not good to do macro photography in low light conditions.. unless shallow depth of field is ok..  

Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

The above picture is not cropped in any way.. even at f/32, I couldn't get all of the red balls in sharp focus.. tho the lens is sharp enough to bring out the detail of those tiny hairs.. simply amazing.. its hard to see even with the naked eye but with this lens? no problemo sir! 


 

April 7, 2008 12:06 by Adrian

Ah.. the world of the small.. part of making images interesting tolook at is to find an angle or view that is rarely seen by people normally...hence close up pictures are usually quite fascinating to both take and view..tho not as easy as one might think!

My guru once said.. macro photography is the hardest to take.. ifyou can master it, other photography categories will be much easier to gothrough... hhmmm... how hard can it be right? isn't it like taking normal pictures? well.. not quite..

First of all, when doing macro.. its best to just switch the AF tofully manual.. if you don't, you might just throw your camera off the roof asit wrrrr wrrr trying to get a focus lock..  

If I can't get focus lock on my subject no problem.. I can do afocus and recompose technique that I've been doing for donkey years.. right? WRONG!!! kekeke.. had to do it.. which leads to the second part..

You can't focus and recompose in macro.. Tongue out  thisis all thanks to the shallow depth of field.. unless you are really sure that your subject and the other focus area is relative to the camera, you willget your subject in a nice hazy blur..

Then I hear people say.. why don't you put the AF to auto? ah dei.. when you put on auto, you'll end up fighting with the camera on what youwant to be in focus in the first place.. have fun ya! 

Anyway, I use Manual AF on this baby.. 

The third part is stability..  nothing requires proper cameraholding and breathing techniques akin to a military sniper than shooting flowers.. something in that sentence just sounded weird.. 

Nothing requires extreme body stability than macro.. all thanks toits shallow DOF (in the millimeters) so even the smallest movement will causeyour subject to be out of focus.. unless you got a nifty button that allows the camera to stop down to your presented aperture.. Even with that the image will look quite dark as this button is best used during studio photography where there are enough ambient light for the subject.. so its all back to basics..body posturing and breathing techniques will help keep your camera lens stable.. 

And the final part is the composition..  which I won't discusshere as its like a subject all on its own.. later ya! 

Trust me, once you master macro, you'll be able to take pictures handheld at a much lower shutter speed than what you thought possible..  

Cheers!