Saturday, December 16, 2006

Macro with BR 2A - Insects

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I was requested by friends and siblings to photograph insects or other crawlers. Taking pictures of ants was quite difficult and tiring. First, I had to get the right distance, then to locate the moving subject through the lens or wait until it found something to make it stayed stationary. Then the focusing part by moving the camera forward and backward hoping for no shake when squeezing the button. The exposure had to be set manually but it did not matter much as I could adjust it with thw RAW editor tool.



I found the ants in my garden yesterday morning. I had to be early before the morning breeze got stronger.


The white wall will definitely confuses light meters

As I was searching for tiny flowers 2 days ago, I came upon a few insects. The moths were more cooperative than the active ants.



The picture above was taken at a nearby stream. It was difficult to get nearer and I had to focus at 60mm causing the flower buds to be clearly visible. Opening the aperture wider? The DOF will drop drastically causing part of the moth blurred unless they were in the same plane.



Still at the stream with a different moth. This time, there was no wind.

Limiting factors to be considered beside the equipments:

1. A moving subject
2. Wind
3. Lighting
4. Terrain

Hope Sarah (Mynn) can appreciate the insects.

UPDATE



Above was taken on my first day using BR2A with Nikon50mm F1.8. Notice the narrow DOF.



The above was taken at my mini A&E Studio using a mobile surgical lamp, a black pierre cardin wallet box(gift from KKL, thanks a million) and a white pateint folder as a reflector.

I edited using Nikon editor alone, decreasing the exposure value to correct the overexposed area from the light source, increasing the contrast, decreasing the brightness(ensuring I could still see year 1976), correcting the color balance by adding blue, decreasing red and green. It is not that good but it will do by not having photoshop(office) and with limited knowledge.
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24 comments:

Mama Sarah said...

1st pic, nampak beberapa titisan embun. Nanti cuba ambil gambar embun pulak.

3rd gambar: kesian sayap kupu-kupu tu patah.

Suka dua gambar terakhir. Kalau tak boleh go closer, enlarge aje both gambar dan crop, aci tak?

Boogey said...

Macam mana awok gelapkan background tu? Ajor sikit tekniknya? Kawe tak dan la ambik makro. Minggu ni sibuk ngat sebab jemaah haji bertolak. Minggu depan insyallah.

tramontina said...

Since you're so into reversal ring, try check Alessandro Fais, a pro who shoots macro similarly: http://www.alphaphoto.net/

He uses a D70, BR-2 and a 50mm f/1.8.

Ikelah said...

Baru tengah review bahasa dan ejaan....

mama sarah
say ada mengambil gambar embun sewaktu mula mula menggunakan reverse ring ini tetapi DOF terlalu sempit. Namun saya akan paparkan di sini.

memang kesian kupu-kupu patah sayap.

Kalau enlarge melebihi 100%, noise akan bertambah dan menjadi kabur. aci aci buka pintu.

boogey
Saya menggunakan mini studio buatan sendiri di ED sewaktu tiada pesakit.

Selamat berbakti pada jamaah haji. Macro boleh tunggu, penerbangan tidak boleh.

Teknik? Read the update.

Tramontina
Thanks a lot. Dia ni artist.... cantik.... tapi DOF dia narrow+++ dan kena pakai tripod and reklease cable nak avoid handshake at low shutter speed.

pycnogenol said...

Mana dia digital camera Pycno???
Nak pergi ambil juga gambar-gambar semut, ulat dan kupu-kupu.
Ada apa-apa ayat ke nak dibaca 'to get those insects stand still? ;)

Boogey said...

Gi tengok macro kawe pulak di fotopages.

Paul Moss said...

I strongly suggest you get a true macro lens if you are really into this macro race. A reversal ring will do for the moment but you are loosing out to Tramontina and Hatira in terms of sharpness.
I heard Hatira is constructing his home made ring flash unit which is to be completed soon but first he will have to buy a flash first. On the other hand Tramontina is buying a magnifying glass to turn his 35mm to 55mm macro. Don`t ask me how it`ll work.

dith said...

Nope Paul Moss. The tribal council wont be that generous this time. We think that ikelah has spent enough for this hobby. There are more pressing matter that needs financing. A redundant macro lens can wait. We dont want him to be in great debts do we?? :p

ikelah said...

pycno
jangan baca apa-apa, ia akan lari. in fact you cannot even breath. ;)

boogey
kawe dah pergi dah tengok... kawe nak tengok yang lain. yang backgroud merah macam yang awak ambil dulu je.

paul
i can only afford the reverse ring at the moment. afer some experience with this macro thing, i decided against tamron sp90. the price will come down soon. i am now thinking of the nikon 105 VR...hehehe.... it will beat the breeze, it will freeze the crawlers! hehehe...namun fulus tak de. :(

tomorrow i'll be searching for my old minolta flash. it's in one of the boxes. magnifying glass??? to be placed in front of the expensive zuiko lens? you must be joking! get the proper close up filters. +1 to +6 if you want it big but i guess there will be a drop in the lighting.

flash? just get some cheap flash and turn or improvise it into a subdedicated macro flash. ;)


dith
dont worry about calling the tribal council i know my limits. ;)

dith said...

Good !! Alhamdulillah!

mynn said...

ikelah
wow you are so good, knowing your limits & having a tribal council but seriously, photography is a darn expensive hobby isnt it?

Mat Derih said...

Aik? Ada tribal council? Kena apply visa jugak ke? Apply je la multiple entry. Ambik diplomatic passporthok UN punya ke? Tak payah susoh susoh apply visa. Apa-apa hal, sedor sedor dah kena car bom jek.

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