Garden Macros and Snakes


davidstorm

Link Posted 07/07/2019 - 22:46
Continuing the recent theme of macros with extension tubes, here are a few from our garden this weekend. All were taken with Extension Tubes of varying lengths, some with a Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 and some with a Pentax 100mm WR Macro F2.8. The exceptions are the 'Snake' shots, which are the DA*300. All are taken with a Pentax K-3. Hope you like them, please comment and critique.

1. Hoverfly on Wild Flower - Pentax-A 50mm + Tubes



2. Tiny Fly on Water Forget-me-not - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes



3. Grass Snake in Pond - DA*300



4. Grass Snake again - DA*300



5. Unknown Fly (Wasp?) - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes + diffused flash



6. Unknown Fly again - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes + Diffused Flash



7. Hoverfly on Wild Flower - Pentax-A 50mm + Tubes



8. Hoverfly on Wild Flower - Pentax-A 50mm + Tubes



9. Hoverfly on Wild Flower - Pentax-A 50mm + Tubes



10. Unknown Spider, in Reeds near pond - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes



11. Unknown Solitary Bee - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes + diffused flash



12. Unknown Solitary Bee - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes + diffused flash



13. Unknown Solitary Bee - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes + diffused flash



14. Unknown Solitary Bee - Pentax 100 Macro + Tubes + diffused flash



Regards
David
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Last Edited by davidstorm on 07/07/2019 - 22:55

derek897

Link Posted 07/07/2019 - 22:56
Woo hoo, what a set
Super balance of detail, colours and composition.
I tend to sacrifice all for detail, just cant help it 😂
So for me this set is great, how they can be shot.
No critique just well done. 👏👏👏
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davidstorm

Link Posted 07/07/2019 - 23:02
derek897 wrote:
Woo hoo, what a set
Super balance of detail, colours and composition.
I tend to sacrifice all for detail, just cant help it 😂
So for me this set is great, how they can be shot.
No critique just well done. 👏👏👏

Hi Derek, thank you for your comments! I always place composition as my highest priority, which might be why these images are as they are. My thought process is to get the composition right and try my hardest to get critical focus in the right place, but to get the compo right I never use any kind of camera support as it is too restrictive. This leads to a lack of sharpness (sometimes), but I think it's worth the sacrifice. I prefer the non-flash shots, but the flash does give leeway for a bit of camera shake. Everything is a compromise with macro, especially if you're doing it outside with live critters and no controlled conditions.

Cheers
David
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 07/07/2019 - 23:05
Such a strong set David, great variety, composition, selective focus, processing - everything about them works so well
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derek897

Link Posted 07/07/2019 - 23:11
Absolutely agree on the non support side, just not viable when mooching around bushes and ditches 😂
Non flashed shots produce a quality that flashed shots dont have, I really like getting out with my 135mm and tubes, no flash, when the light permits.
But sometimes if its absolute detail I'm after, then flash will be used, it is of course all about balance, and for me it's not so much a case of trying to blend both, but I see both as different styles, and each has its place, for me anyway. (And I couldn't choose one over the other)
👏👏👏
I know what i like, If not always why.

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redbusa99

Link Posted 08/07/2019 - 00:22
excellent set David, well up to your usual high standard. liking the Grass Snake definitely a different garden visitor
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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 08/07/2019 - 09:26
Super set David... particularly like the grass snake and the hoverfly on the flower... very strong across the board...

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Lubbyman

Link Posted 08/07/2019 - 09:29
davidstorm wrote:
Everything is a compromise with macro, especially if you're doing it outside with live critters and no controlled conditions.

Totally agree. But you've got the compromises spot on with this set. I like 'em all, with the first two having the edge for me.

You must have had rain recently in Sheffield. I had to top up my pond yesterday, not enough water for a paddling frog at one end, let alone a grass snake.

Steve

Chrism8

Link Posted 08/07/2019 - 12:37
Superbly well shot, I think you wimped out a bit in not shooting the grass snake with the 100mm macro + ext tubes, what's wrong with
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McBrian

Link Posted 08/07/2019 - 15:23
Great set as always
Cheers
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davidstorm

Link Posted 09/07/2019 - 22:32
Sincere thanks for the comments everyone, I really enjoy macro photography, although it does take up a lot of time!

Cheers
David
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derek897

Link Posted 10/07/2019 - 08:55
Snakes in the garden, are you sure it's not a zoo you're in ???
Damn St Patrick for banishing all the snakes from Ireland

They are cracking shots though.

Just a question not a criticism, did the WB. Shift between both snake shots.
Colour reproduction in first, is much more pleasant, more magenta in the 2nd one.

Again though,
Cracking set.
I know what i like, If not always why.

davidstorm

Link Posted 10/07/2019 - 22:15
derek897 wrote:
Snakes in the garden, are you sure it's not a zoo you're in ???
Damn St Patrick for banishing all the snakes from Ireland

They are cracking shots though.

Just a question not a criticism, did the WB. Shift between both snake shots.
Colour reproduction in first, is much more pleasant, more magenta in the 2nd one.

Again though,
Cracking set.

Hi Derek, I'm really not sure what happened, these were processed with identical WB settings, I even processed them twice to make sure, but for some reason the second one came out completely different. I can't explain it, these were the only 2 shots from the day that looked so different!

Cheers
David
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Sry

Link Posted 11/07/2019 - 22:06
The very first bug stands out for me, lots of interest generated by minimal elements, and the light touches of purple against the multiple shades of yellow add to the dynamics.
Last Edited by Sry on 11/07/2019 - 22:07

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 22/07/2019 - 01:08
Wonderful pictures. I also have to agree with David about composition and natural light. Have you tried cranking up the ISO Derek? Not being a flash user nor a super mega macro type I don't know whether you could still get the sheer image quality that sets your work apart.
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