New 100mm macro + DIY flash diffuser


nerobot

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 11:07
Hi All,

So for a bit of fun, I decided to make myself a DIY flash diffuser for my macro photos (sorry, don't have a photo yet, but I'll try and take one soon) for my old manual external flash.

Loving the 100mm macro, giving me that bit of extra distance between myself and the subject. Also, the diffuser seems to help, and also gives me some funny looks

Some snaps below. I'm surprised how many ladybirds over-wintered in my shed, so there's lots of them around at the moment.


Tiny blue flower by Steven Daglish, on Flickr


Covered in pollen by Steven Daglish, on Flickr


King of the World by Steven Daglish, on Flickr


Spiral by Steven Daglish, on Flickr


Gone too far by Steven Daglish, on Flickr


Covered in pollen by Steven Daglish, on Flickr

Any comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Thanks for looking.

Steven
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Last Edited by nerobot on 31/03/2017 - 11:10

wozfromcov

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 11:17
just keep doing what your doing bacause they are awsome shots.
Last Edited by wozfromcov on 31/03/2017 - 11:18

stub

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 11:20
Love them....But where's the picture of the flash difuser....?
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nerobot

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 11:37
stub wrote:
Love them....But where's the picture of the flash difuser....?

Sadly I left it in my shed, but I'll take a photo over the weekend. It's based on the following link, but looks even more DIY.

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Steven
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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 13:00
Like these very much... Spiral in particular has a lovely simplicity to it...

Best
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HarisF1

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 14:09
Excellent shots, well done.
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nerobot

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 14:31
Thanks for the comments.

The lighter, warmer evening are making it much easier to get out and photograph more

I'm still struggling a bit to get the focus correct. However, I'm now waiting for me new S-type focus screen from FocusingScreen which should help pin down the focus better.
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derek897

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 15:04
That difuser is working well for you, and you seem to have gotten the hang of the new lens.
Cracking shots.
Derek
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davem

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 15:50
I am glad to see that you are putting your new lens to such good use I like the photos a lot. It would be good to see the diffuser.

Dave

alfpics

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 16:48
A lovely set of images - lighting has turned out well!
Andy

davidstorm

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 18:53
Nice shots, well done! I have made all manner of flash contraptions over the years, including some double-headed ones to fire light from two directions at once and a variety of soft boxes. I've settled now on a commercially made soft box which attaches to my powerful manual flashgun, this is easier to handle and lighter than my home-made ones.

Keep it up, macro is a fascinating area of photography which is quite difficult to master.

Regards
David
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autumnlight

Link Posted 31/03/2017 - 22:46

davidwozhere

Link Posted 01/04/2017 - 00:39
Wonderful rich colours - and I can't see anything wrong with your focussing
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vic cross

Link Posted 01/04/2017 - 08:51
The link and instructions look O.K. but why not use a card from some smoked salmon as mentioned in another thread just the other day. Ready made shiny card silver or gold.
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nerobot

Link Posted 02/04/2017 - 00:37
Below are some photos of the flash diffuser on the camera. They were taken with my phone and in bad light, so probably not the best photos...

The inside is wrapped with tin foil and the end is covered with two layers of kitchen tissue. I'm still experimenting but the kitchen tissue seems to be working well.

It doesn't look like it will last very long but it's a fun experiment.





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