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    Close up Macro of the keypad of my mobile phone (a Motorola Razr).

    This week for my Photography Class I need to take five landscape photos and five macros, guess which ones these are?

    incidentally I took five macro shots (four I uploaded to Flickr) in about 30 minutes, since Joleen and I both needed to get our shots and we only have one true macro lens (the 24-70mm f/2.8L has a macro function which is great but it's not the same thing) and we waited until right before class to take our photos.

    Tech Details: Canon 5D and 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Manfrotto 3021BPRO tripod with 322RC2 ballhead (which isn't the greatest with macro stuff), with center column horizontal to get out over the subject. Lighting provided by two Canon 580EX speedlites triggered via a Canon ST-E2 transmitter (all flash stuff set manual, no eTTL here).

    One flash (the key light) was to camera right and to the side of the subject, pointed straight up with a Gary Fong LightSphere Cloud difusing it (acting as a large softbox), the other flash was to camera left and was above and over the subject diffused with a STO-FEN OmniBounce evening out the light a bit while still allowing some shadow detail. Camera triggered with a shutter release cable and using mirror lock-up to reduce any camera vibration.

    paper_heartiee, LoveGreenPhotos, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. croz1007 [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

      Nice. I like how you placed the logo.

    2. Davey.. 87 months ago | reply

      Great macro. Really crisp and clear details!!

    3. grafxguide 87 months ago | reply

      Killer shot.

      The angle, and light really show the depth and textures.

      Great crop as well.

    4. klj_francis 87 months ago | reply

      So do you turn in prints or digital files?

    5. eraut 87 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot, Bryan. I shot my wife's Razr a couple weeks ago and didn't even think about shooting it at this level of detail... and I was using the same lens. D'oh! Great eye. BTW, love the logo placement as well.

    6. Carl McKinney 87 months ago | reply

      The red button looks like it's been getting some action. You rejecting my calls again, lol J/k.

      I love the crisp details and tones. I'm guessing you're not struggling to pass this class. Heck, you could probably teach a couple sessions yourself.

    7. simon*gentry [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

      Love this one. You're a great salesman for this lens. You're work is great!

    8. CarolynSerrano 87 months ago | reply

      Nice Macro!!! OMG...I'm in love with your macro lens!!

    9. zacharydorman 87 months ago | reply

      Thought I was looking at verizons site, awesomely well done!

    10. fotoraph 87 months ago | reply

      i like it very much! nice detail

    11. grafixchik 87 months ago | reply

      Ooooh, great shot indeed!!

    12. ACorralejoPhoto 87 months ago | reply

      i've been looking for a macro lense to add to my bag. are you happy with the 100mm f/2.8? looks like it gets the job done!

    13. Matthew Clark Photography & Design 87 months ago | reply


      The canon 100mm macro lens is amazing!!! tack sharp and doubles as a portrait lens too!

    14. fensterbme 87 months ago | reply

      All thanks for the kind words I was pretty pleased with this shot for kind of rushing it. I should have taken more time and better cleaned the phone, I kind of just pulled it out of my pocket, wiped it off and snapped it.

      On the lens for those who asked... Yes the Canon 100mm macro is a great lens, I don't think you can find better unless your going for the 180mm macro. That said it's not the lens that made this shot, I could have used another 1:1 macro lens from Tamron, etc. and been fine... Lighting, camera/exposure setup and I even think I may have had something to do with it turning out like it did...

      @klj_francis: We turn in digital files on either a USB key during the break in our class or on a CD-ROM. We opt for the USB route. He then displays them on a large screen and we as a class talk through the photos.

    15. P.K. Williams 87 months ago | reply

      "it's not the lens that made this shot..." so true. People take photos not cameras. Very nice

    16. Air-Ick-Uh 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Macro Melody, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. Air-Ick-Uh 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Simple Everyday Objects, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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