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Inspired by Derek and back my macro roots!


Link Posted 09/07/2018 - 22:14
Hi everyone

I like to look at derek897's macro images as it reminds me of what I used to do a lot of. I used to spend hours in the back garden with all manner of home-made kit, shooting macro images with my K-x or my K-5. These past few years, I don't seem to have had much spare time, but decided yesterday to spend a few minutes with my K-5iis and D FA 100 F2.8 Macro WR lens. Then tonight I rolled out the best bit of kit I ever cobbled together, which is my de-glassed FA 28-80 zoom lens, with a reversed Nikkor F2.8 Enlarger Lens fixed to the front. With a powerful manual flashgun on the hotshoe and a cheap ebay Softbox attached to the flash, this is a versatile and powerful macro combination, capable of pretty extreme magnification levels.

Here are a few shots from my venture back to macro, hope you like, all comments welcomed.

1. Damselfly Eyes with Butchered Zoom + Nikkor lens, Aperture F32, Flashgun

2. Pollen Beetle on Bird's Foot Trefoil Flower with Butchered Zoom + Nikkor lens, Aperture F32, Flashgun

3. Damselfly with D FA 100 F2.8 WR Macro lens on extension tubes, Aperture F13, Flashgun

4. Marmalade Hoverfly with D FA 100 F2.8 WR Macro lens, Aperture F5, Daylight, no flash

5. Marmalade Hoverfly with D FA 100 F2.8 WR Macro lens, Aperture F5, Daylight, no flash

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Link Posted 09/07/2018 - 22:32
Wow - your old kit still works then!!

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Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 07:45
swarf wrote:
Wow - your old kit still works then!!


They do don't they,

Well it didn't take you long to get back into the groove, with shots like these,
The pollen beetle is my fav, just love the light, tones and composition
Back with a bang sir.
Looking forward to seeing much more.

Thanks for the mention too
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Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 08:02
Superb set, excellent photography and with butchered kit as well !!

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

K1 - Pentax 100 Macro F2.8 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6

Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.


Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 08:07
My favourite pastime even though I get robbed for it. Great shots.
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 08:22
You members of the Professor Branestawm society can certainly deliver the results

That first shot is pretty scary first thing in the morning - I like the softening of highlights you've created with the softbox, good overall illumination without receding into blackness. Nice little set, and I'm glad to see you're getting your Macro Mojo back


Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 08:31
Great set David. I love the opening shot, albeit a bit sinister looking, Also the pollen beetle looks good too. Must get back into this as well...


Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 09:11
great set David, welcome back. the landscapes are to follow i trust
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Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 09:45
very nice

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Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 14:24
Impressive magnification and IQ, for such a (I presume) small outlay. The bugs have never been an area of photography I really enjoy looking at, however as I tell Derek, I can certainly appreciate the skill and stealth involved.
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Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 14:30
Well you certainly havenít lost your touch David... super set... not my area of expertise so canít offer any technical thoughts, but I particularly like the head-on shots 1 & 3... really direct... top stuff...




Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 21:42
Superb David!!

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Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 22:18
Thanks all for the comments, I do need to do more of this stuff, I enjoy it and used to be a lot more prolific than I am recently!

I might use the spare afternoon we now have on Sunday since England went out of the World Cup!

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