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I wuv red flowers | by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel
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I wuv red flowers

Well this isn't the most technically accomplished macro around but still represents a nice personal milestone in my photography journey - eyes! SuperMacro (x1 to x5) on live stuff being something I've never really done much before, and having only manual stuff to try and do it with, I'm pleased with this because I can see the individual bits of the eyes, yay. Also the discovery that one of the 1960s lenses I have works great as a reversed macro lens has really made my day! I'm sure that purists would be aghast at using a f 1.2 in reverse =).

 

I was actually putzing about trying to get some of the blue of the sky to show on macro shots when I came across this guy. Didn't think to change the ISO to something less noisier, d'oh. Shame about the noise, the position of the leg and that shadow on the right, but hey, getting there. Technical, K-7, AF360 with homemade diffuser, 50mm SMC-K 1.2 reverse mounted on 65mm of extension, f8 or 5.6, 1/8 flash, iso 800.

 

UPDATE 2014 - I have put together an extreme macro photography learning site to explain the techniques and equipment used for all my macro photos here in Flickr which is now ready. To point to a few of the links that people who want to learn this stuff might like to have a browse of:

  

Focus Stacking, Focus Stack Preparation, Shooting A Stack, Stack Processing, Stack Post Processing, Schneider Kreuznach Componon 28 mm f/4, Schneider Kreuznach Componon 35 mm f/4, Schneider Kreuznach Componon 80 mm f/4, Nikon El-Nikkor 50 mm f/2.8N, Reject Enlarger Lenses, JML Optical 21 mm f/3.5, 20 mm Microfilm f/2.8, Anybrand MP-E 65 Macro Lens, Manual, TTL, Rear Curtain Sync, Extreme Macro Backgrounds, Single Colour Background, The Gradient Background, Adjustable Flash Shoe Mounts, Extension Tubes, Eyepiece, Field Monitor, Flash Bracket, Focusing Helicoid, Holding Tools, Lens Adapters, M42 Iris, Macro Tripod, Making A Macro Beanbag, Insect Photography

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Taken on September 2, 2011