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homestead 09-16-2021 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2663142)
homestead - nice pic! Does your iPhone attach to your telescope or do you just hold the phone against the telescope?

Same question for you Robbie - attachment or hand held?

I use this adapter to attach the phone directly to the eyepiece. It was stable enough that I made a facetime call to my son's family so they could see the craters on the moon in real time.

Ronstar 09-17-2021 01:34 PM

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I heard there were some monarchs migrating through our area. So I got up early and got them before they took off for the day.

f35phixer 09-17-2021 01:36 PM

very cool, Ron

street 09-17-2021 01:42 PM

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I heard there were some monarchs migrating through our area. So I got up early and got them before they took off for the day.


WOW! That picture is incredible! You captured a prize winner there Ronstar.

Ronstar 09-17-2021 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by f35phixer (Post 2663809)
very cool, Ron

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WOW! That picture is incredible! You captured a prize winner there Ronstar.

Thanks! I have to go back again tomorrow am to show DW.

It's amazing. The oak trees are filled with them - mostly on the lower branches. In a picnic area at the edge of a 2500 acre prairie. They take off in groups of 30 or so and fly around nearby for a little bit before taking off.

f35phixer 09-17-2021 02:22 PM

i have been struggling to get milkweed growing, Finally got about 10 plants, no flowers this first year all goes to growing strong is what they say... Then I saw what at first was a monarch cat and turned out to be black swallowtail cat. But I'll be showing all the different stages with this next batch of about 30 eggs she laid yesterday.

found it interesting that sometimes the pula or what ever they call it sometimes overwinters in cocoon...

homestead 09-17-2021 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by street (Post 2663149)
Freedom56>> nice!

homestead>> isn't it amazing how well the pictures turn out using a cell phone. Clear detail and colour.

Yes, especially when you consider how I did it back in the old days.
Shoot high speed B&W film on 35mm SLR, go into the darkroom and develop the film. The next day make prints off the negatives.

The phone takes all the work out of it.

Freedom56 09-17-2021 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2663808)
I heard there were some monarchs migrating through our area. So I got up early and got them before they took off for the day.

Nice shot. We rarely see them in abundance like where you are.

Ronstar 09-17-2021 09:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Freedom56 (Post 2664055)
Nice shot. We rarely see them in abundance like where you are.

Thanks. They are migrating now and the local prairies are full of them. But I didn’t see many earlier in the summer.

Sunset 09-17-2021 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2663808)
I heard there were some monarchs migrating through our area. So I got up early and got them before they took off for the day.

You have again made some great shots.. I liked the bald eagle the best, but the butterflies are something I've not seen here :flowers:

Maybe I get up too late, how early is was it to see them before they take off ?

Ronstar 09-20-2021 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2664109)
You have again made some great shots.. I liked the bald eagle the best, but the butterflies are something I've not seen here :flowers:

Maybe I get up too late, how early is was it to see them before they take off ?

Thanks, I got to the park about dawn (6:30) to shoot the butterflies, but had to use a flash for a while and the pics didn't look good. Luckily the butterflies stayed around a little bit after the sun had warmed them - maybe 7:30 before they started to fly around. My best shots were those where I could get some sun on leaves behind a clump of monarchs.

Ronstar 09-20-2021 07:39 PM

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Went hiking following this morning's rain. Perfect overcast weather for photos. Got this blue heron trying to choke down a bluegill.

street 09-20-2021 08:45 PM

WOW! Excellent capture!

38Chevy454 09-21-2021 08:00 AM

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Ok, not a really good picture; just taken with my phone on a whim. In my yard it's an artichoke that we decided to let go to flower. A very pretty blue color. We have now 3 artichoke plants, started with 5. They die back each year and have to come back. Ohio is not ideal climate for them.Attachment 40362

pacergal 09-21-2021 09:54 AM

Wow, so many beautiful pictures!!
Thank you for sharing, Everyone.

RetiriusMinimus 09-29-2021 07:10 PM

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Just joined the board….great that there’s a photography section. I mainly post on Photography forums.. I’m a Nikon guy, mainly digital with occasional film and medium format.

Some recent pics…

Female Kingfisher
Sunset..taken as shot…no PP…it was that beautiful…

street 09-29-2021 07:24 PM

RetiriusMinimus very nice!!

You will be in good company here. There are some great photos people here that can talk your language. I like taking pictures but know nothing more then the camera on my phone.

Welcome and looking forward to more of your work.

Ronstar 10-03-2021 05:24 PM

Nice shots RetiriusMinimus! Kingfishers are a tough shot. Small and tough to get close to.

RetiriusMinimus 10-03-2021 06:59 PM

Thanks! I used my Nikon 200-500 on a d7200. It was cropped about 120%.

street 10-03-2021 07:26 PM

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Nothing professional about these just went for a walk at the ranch and got a few pictures with my cell phone. A couple of fisherman enjoying the day and a couple of mule deer I woke up from their nap. It was a beautiful fall day in the upper 80's to mid 30's in a 24 hour time frame.

Ronstar 10-03-2021 07:28 PM

^nice captures! I can never get any deer pics, but they are always running across the road in front of me.

street 10-03-2021 07:36 PM

The place is very secluded and the deer think they own the place. Lol A lot of time I have to wait for them to get across the dirt two track trail so I can drive in. Been getting moose on camera now but haven't seen any eye to eye yet this fall.

Ronstar 10-03-2021 07:41 PM

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Today's hike - Matthiessen State Park in Utica Illinois. Wish I had something in it for scale.

Ronstar 10-03-2021 07:44 PM

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.... Been getting moose on camera now but haven't seen any eye to eye yet this fall.

Very nice - I was telling DW a few days ago that I want to get a photo of a bugling bull moose in an open field with snow topped mountains in the background. Not much chance of that in Illinois.

street 10-03-2021 07:55 PM

^ That is a beautiful picture. That is a rock wall on a river or lake?

Ronstar 10-03-2021 08:00 PM

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^ That is a beautiful picture. That is a rock wall on a river or lake?

Thanks - It's the wall of a stream just downstream of a 50' or so waterfall - in normal conditions. But we are in a drought so the waterfall is barely dripping and the stream only has pockets of standing water.

street 10-03-2021 08:06 PM

The beauty of nature is special. Thanks Ronstar.

Souschef 10-03-2021 08:10 PM

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Here is a night heron by a koi pond on Kauai

Ronstar 10-03-2021 08:34 PM

^Nice! - looks a little similar to green herons here in the midwest.

Ronstar 10-09-2021 07:08 PM

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Saw a couple of bald eagles and a blue heron feeding on a bullhead on today's hike.

street 10-09-2021 07:13 PM

Man those a quality pictures Ronstar! Beautiful action pictures of nature.

Ronstar 10-09-2021 07:21 PM

Thanks - it was a busy day out there today. This hiking trail is the former towpath of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Channahon, Illinois. Lots of bikers, hikers, and birds today. The eagles were in the same tree as last week.

street 10-09-2021 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2673546)
Thanks - it was a busy day out there today. This hiking trail is the former towpath of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Channahon, Illinois. Lots of bikers, hikers, and birds today. The eagles were in the same tree as last week.



That is interesting because I was down on the river a few days ago and a baldy was on the same limb that I took a picture of one last winter or this early spring.

It is a perfect tree limb they can watch the river for food coming down.

MissMolly 10-09-2021 07:33 PM

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Just got back from a road trip to the Florida Keys. Saw a curly tailed lizard and an iguana. Probably everyday sights for many of you, but we don't have these where I live :)

street 10-09-2021 07:49 PM

MissMolly, I have not seen anything like those before. Lol Great pictures!

Ronstar 10-09-2021 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by MissMolly (Post 2673555)
Just got back from a road trip to the Florida Keys. Saw a curly tailed lizard and an iguana. Probably everyday sights for many of you, but we don't have these where I live :)

Nice pics! Curly tailed lizards and iguanas are not everyday sights here in northern illinois. But like you, I did see an iguana in Key West.

Freedom56 10-09-2021 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2673540)
Saw a couple of bald eagles and a blue heron feeding on a bullhead on today's hike.

Nice shots

RetiriusMinimus 10-11-2021 05:20 PM

Macro
 
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As the weather gets colder…I decided to dust off the macro lens. Will play more but here’s a sampling, Downsampled significantly due to upload limitations.

doneat54 10-11-2021 07:46 PM

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Took this in our barn yesterday. I love the browns, contrasts and wood textures. Cabot, our Border Collie is 14 years old. View it full size.

Sorry about the eye booger.

RobbieB 10-11-2021 07:51 PM

Looks like a good ole dog.

street 10-11-2021 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by doneat54 (Post 2674391)
Took this in our barn yesterday. I love the browns, contrasts and wood textures. Cabot, our Border Collie is 14 years old. View it full size.

Sorry about the eye booger.

That is a great picture!!

MRG 10-11-2021 09:51 PM

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That is interesting because I was down on the river a few days ago and a baldy was on the same limb that I took a picture of one last winter or this early spring.



It is a perfect tree limb they can watch the river for food coming down.

I used to see a kingfisher sitting in the same place all the time. Birds of prey know good fishing.

Sunset 10-11-2021 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2671251)
Here is a night heron by a koi pond on Kauai

I've never seen one, will have to look them to see if they are called night heron because of a time relationship. I did, and Yes they start hunting at dusk. :flowers:

skyking1 10-17-2021 07:45 AM

Reflection Lakes Mount Rainier NP
https://i.postimg.cc/vHBdWyxv/IMG-20...091233-858.jpg
I worked there two summers

Ronstar 10-17-2021 08:38 AM

^Very nice!

skyking1 10-17-2021 09:03 AM

Thanks
Just around the corner at Inspiration Point
One fall day
https://i.postimg.cc/fTwgdfpn/IMG-20...065724-594.jpg
to the next
https://i.postimg.cc/26R0SQht/IMG-20...063255-982.jpg

Time2 10-17-2021 10:05 AM

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Here are two pictures I clipped from the local marina webcam 4 and 6 years ago. I posted the one with the red hue to a photography group and was accused of photoshopping it. I didn't, wouldn't know how and don't have photoshop.

Chuckanut 10-17-2021 05:33 PM

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Lisbon Portugal - Chairs

ijack 10-19-2021 03:24 AM

Amazing photos

street 10-19-2021 06:48 AM

Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing them.

Ronstar 10-24-2021 06:46 AM

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The leaves are falling, but fall colors are not as good as in years past. This leaf was suspended by a fine strand of spider web, making it look like I caught the leaf falling

skyking1 10-24-2021 08:39 AM

That was a fun subject :)

Ronstar 10-24-2021 11:39 AM

^ It was. Except the wind kept blowing the leaf around. Took about 100 shots of it, but needed to wait until the wind stopped to get it.

f35phixer 10-25-2021 07:37 AM

very cool Ron, right place at right time...........

Ronstar 11-02-2021 05:56 PM

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Went for a hike and ran into this guy.

Freedom56 11-02-2021 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2684054)
Went for a hike and ran into this guy.

Nice shot

f35phixer 11-03-2021 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2684054)
Went for a hike and ran into this guy.

Couple things, had hoped to find your focal length you use for your wonderful pics. Saved eagle down to see camera / focal length etc that you see in details, compared to mine pics, yours didn't have that info and only then did I see the remove properties from image in details tab...:facepalm:

I guess I can see some reasons to do that, guess i will too ;D

So I have been trying to justify a 100 - 400 mm ($1000ish) lens for my Sony A6000, only have a 55-200 right now. Our creek has eagles, osprey, blue herons, river otters etc etc and i can see how a 100-400 would make much better pics. That is what a birding sites suggest.

can you talk to your normal birding camera setup please...

street 11-03-2021 10:01 AM

Excellent photos again Ronstar!! I always enjoy your work. Thanks!

kcowan 11-03-2021 01:42 PM

We had a bald eagle wrestling a huge seagull for lunch. He won. The seagull was his lunch!
It was just off the West Van pier. We needed Ron!

Ronstar 11-03-2021 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by f35phixer (Post 2684348)
Couple things, had hoped to find your focal length you use for your wonderful pics. Saved eagle down to see camera / focal length etc that you see in details, compared to mine pics, yours didn't have that info and only then did I see the remove properties from image in details tab...:facepalm:

I guess I can see some reasons to do that, guess i will too ;D

So I have been trying to justify a 100 - 400 mm ($1000ish) lens for my Sony A6000, only have a 55-200 right now. Our creek has eagles, osprey, blue herons, river otters etc etc and i can see how a 100-400 would make much better pics. That is what a birding sites suggest.

can you talk to your normal birding camera setup please...

Didn't know that the details were not in exif. I didn't do it - Lightroom did. I'll see if I can change the settings so that the exif has the info in the future.

I use a Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600m F/5-6.3 G2. For sitting birds, etc, I have camera set in Aperture priority. Usually F10 or F11 when it's sunny. That's about the sweet spot of my lens. I'll go down to F7.1 when it's cloudy. Shooting mode is continuous high.

I have my camera set with back button focus. I use the AF-on button to focus. So I get focus first. Then it is set for all shots as long as the bird doesn't move much. Back button focus prevents the camera from trying to refocus itself for every shot.

I like to keep the shutter speed around 1/400 or faster. (experts say to have a shutter speed meet or exceed focal length). And ISO as low as it can be for that shutter speed and aperture. A good way to do this is to set the camera to auto ISO and set ISO sensitivity settings in the menu to a minimum shutter speed of 1/640. This eagle shot was ISO 400, 600mm, F/10 1/1000 sec.

I almost always shoot handheld. And take a burst of photos when the bird is sitting with a good pose. Yesterday I brought my monopod and had time to screw it on to take the eagle shots. Same thing with a monopod - burst of photos.

When I'm shooting birds in flight I have auto ISO on with a minimum shutter speed of 1/1600 for eagles, herons, egrets, etc and 1/2000 for faster birds. I will have the aperture at 6.3 or 7.1 for birds in flight because it takes more light to shoot them at 1/1600 or 1/2000. Always handheld in continuous high.

Because of different menu setting for whether birds are sitting or flying, I rarely get a good shot of a bird that decides to fly when I have my camera set for sitting birds.

Hope this makes sense. Sounds like to you have a target rich environment in your creek. I would suggest a lens up to least 600 mm though. I usually have to crop even at 600 mm. Birds are never close enough as they should be. Good luck and have fun! The thrill of the hunt is more fun than getting a good photo IMO.

Ronstar 11-03-2021 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by kcowan (Post 2684504)
We had a bald eagle wrestling a huge seagull for lunch. He won. The seagull was his lunch!
It was just off the West Van pier. We needed Ron!

Wow! That fight would have made for a great photo op.

f35phixer 11-03-2021 03:31 PM

Thank You Ron, Makes sense. guess I buy a lens. BTD !

You don't need to make extra effort to keep details in.

Ronstar 11-03-2021 03:58 PM

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Thank You Ron, Makes sense. guess I buy a lens. BTD !

You don't need to make extra effort to keep details in.

You're welcome. Photography is definitely a BTD hobby. I think Tamron makes a 150-600 for Sony, but I don't know if it fits your model.

Ronstar 11-05-2021 04:52 AM

Yesterday's hike at Starved Rock State Park. The canyons usually have waterfalls, but it's been dry lately.

https://i.postimg.cc/7LWPjyxR/starve...42021-24mb.jpg

street 11-05-2021 06:28 AM

Ronstar, that is an interesting photo and very creative as usual. The picture subject makes me want to explore.

Ronstar 11-05-2021 07:10 AM

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Ronstar, that is an interesting photo and very creative as usual. The picture subject makes me want to explore.

Thanks - the exploring is the fun part. But I need to cut back on exploring some places for a while because bow season is going on.

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 04:20 PM

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Something different
Earwig 2X Macro, Focus Stacked

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 04:21 PM

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Black Ant 4X Macro, Focus Stacked

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 04:22 PM

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Bic Pen, macro 5X, focus stacked

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 04:24 PM

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Macro

braumeister 11-05-2021 04:28 PM

Awesome shots, Toolman. That ant is incredible!

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 04:34 PM

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FLY, macro, stacked

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 04:36 PM

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Last one.


Thought I would post something different

BubbaChris 11-05-2021 04:51 PM

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Ronstar and TOOLMAN thanks for getting my BTD juices warmed up. Seven years ago I bought a Sony Alpha on Black Friday. It was a deal because it was a 2-3 year old model at the time. I took some classes so I could refresh and build on my understanding of how the settings would play off each other.

However, since the camera lacks an EVF and the screen does very poorly in daylight, I never grew to love the camera and remain proficient. I retired in July of this year and a better camera is on the top of my celebration BTD list (leaning towards a Sony A7 IV). I just need to be patient so I can buy it with one really good lens on top of the two I have.

Best regards,
Chris

Ronstar 11-05-2021 05:00 PM

Great shots Toolman and BubbaChris!

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 05:06 PM

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Great shots Toolman and BubbaChris!


Thanks,

I got into macro photography after I retired, a few years ago. With macro photography, even when it’s very cold and snowing outside, you can always find something to shoot. I use microscope objective lens on an Olympus EM-1

Ronstar 11-05-2021 05:19 PM

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Thanks,

I got into macro photography after I retired, a few years ago. With macro photography, even when it’s very cold and snowing outside, you can always find something to shoot. I use microscope objective lens on an Olympus EM-1

Very nice - that upper right dandelion photo is off the charts incredible! They all are, but there is something about that pic.

TOOLMAN 11-05-2021 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2685638)
Very nice - that upper right dandelion photo is off the charts incredible! They all are, but there is something about that pic.


Thanks,

People seem to either love, or hate extreme macro.

Most don’t like photos of insects, but I find they have lots of interesting details.

aja8888 11-05-2021 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by TOOLMAN (Post 2685640)
Thanks,

People seem to either love, or hate extreme macro.

Most don’t like photos of insects, but I find they have lots of interesting details.

The front end of a fly is incredibly complex! :)

TOOLMAN 11-06-2021 06:02 PM

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Too soon?

stepford 11-06-2021 06:43 PM

Toolman I'm curious about your focus stacked images. Did you use a focus rail to get image components at a specific spacing and use stacking software to combine them? Can you do this with live critters? When I was doing a lot of macro I did this more haphazardly (grab a bunch of different handheld images before the critter moves and just combine the sharp bits by hand in photoshop). I suspect my way took longer and I'm certain that your results look better. Well done.

TOOLMAN 11-06-2021 08:56 PM

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Toolman I'm curious about your focus stacked images. Did you use a focus rail to get image components at a specific spacing and use stacking software to combine them? Can you do this with live critters? When I was doing a lot of macro I did this more haphazardly (grab a bunch of different handheld images before the critter moves and just combine the sharp bits by hand in photoshop). I suspect my way took longer and I'm certain that your results look better. Well done.


I got interested in this about 5 years ago when extreme macro was just starting. I started out with a manual focus rail then bought an automated focus stacking rail. This is a good place to start. learning Extreme Macro Photography

99% of the time the subject must be dead, or not moving. Here is a live example of some aphids. Where there is a blur, they moved.

Often I take 100 -200 shots then combine them with software to make a single image. I use Helicon Focus to combine all the images into one.

At higher magnifications you advance the camera about 0.003 inches. At higher magnification everything gets more important; lighting, vibration, exposure etc.

TOOLMAN 11-06-2021 09:09 PM

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Some more examples of my extreme macro pic

f35phixer 11-07-2021 05:07 AM

Very cool , so many questions…..

I’ll start with link, thanks.

Ronstar 11-07-2021 06:18 AM

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Thanks for the link and your help! I always wanted to do some macro photography -especially in bad weather.

I downloaded Helicon and ran a small test. I'm hooked. I probably won't be getting into insects, but small details of things. Mostly my woodworking projects.

Thanks again!


ETA - one thing I noticed - small specks of dust, etc really show up in macros

donheff 11-07-2021 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2686133)
Thanks for the link and your help! I always wanted to do some macro photography -especially in bad weather.

I downloaded Helicon and ran a small test. I'm hooked. I probably won't be getting into insects, but small details of things. Mostly my woodworking projects.

Thanks again!

I never heard of this before. Very cool. Twenty years ago I used open source Astro Stack software to combine multiple images taken thru my homemade telescope. It sounds like a similar process but focused on improving definition rather than depth of field.

f35phixer 11-07-2021 07:53 AM

Still one lone Osprey, guessing a loner never saw two at same time.
https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/seas...y-about/26299/

Just watched this about Osprey migration, very good !!!
amazing the number of nest platforms they put into marsh area !

Haven't seen eagles lately ;-(

Saw Red-Bellied woodpecker, digging hole into telephone pole, i said dude, no bugs in there ;-)

Ronstar 11-07-2021 07:58 AM

^ My Nikon has a focus shifting option that automates a series of photos with a slight focus shift between each photo. Can take 100’s of photos with 1 click. It doesn’t automatically combine them though. I suppose many cameras have this option now.

It looks like it starts the series at the focus that the user sets, then increments a series of shots until focused at infinity or reaches the number of requested shots. The user enters a factor by which to increment.

TOOLMAN 11-07-2021 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2686133)
Thanks for the link and your help! I always wanted to do some macro photography -especially in bad weather.

I downloaded Helicon and ran a small test. I'm hooked. I probably won't be getting into insects, but small details of things. Mostly my woodworking projects.

Thanks again!


ETA - one thing I noticed - small specks of dust, etc really show up in macros

Nice results.

I am self taught. I have had hours of fun playing around with macro. Extreme macro photography is not new, it dates to the early days of photography.

Wilson Alwyn Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931)


I find Helicon to be the best. Helicon gave me a lifetime subscription as I have made some presentations at universities on extreme macro.

TOOLMAN 11-07-2021 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2686163)
^ My Nikon has a focus shifting option that automates a series of photos with a slight focus shift between each photo. Can take 100’s of photos with 1 click. It doesn’t automatically combine them though. I suppose many cameras have this option now.

It looks like it starts the series at the focus that the user sets, then increments a series of shots until focused at infinity or reaches the number of requested shots. The user enters a factor by which to increment.

It's becoming more and more common. Focus stacking is often used for landscape photography for unlimited DOF. No more checking the Hyper Focal Distance.

I used a mirrorless Olympus as I don't wear out the shutter. It has focus stacking software built in but you are limited to 1X macro. If you want higher magnification than 1X you normally must use a focus rail. There is a Nikon focus stacking adaptors, however.

I use the MJKZZ focusing rail.

TOOLMAN 11-07-2021 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by donheff (Post 2686134)
I never heard of this before. Very cool. Twenty years ago I used open source Astro Stack software to combine multiple images taken thru my homemade telescope. It sounds like a similar process but focused on improving definition rather than depth of field.

Nice pic.

It's the same basic idea, but with extreme macro you don't use a dark frames as part of the stack.

I have used star stacker software with my 600mm lens, but I don't have a motorized star tracker camera mount.

If your camera can map and remove hot pixels you should run that before you start an extreme macro shoot.

BubbaChris 11-07-2021 11:03 AM

TOOLMAN, is the beetle showing a partial reflection of your rig? Just curious.

Best regards,
Chris

TOOLMAN 11-07-2021 12:45 PM

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TOOLMAN, is the beetle showing a partial reflection of your rig? Just curious.

Best regards,
Chris

Yes it's a reflection. Here is the same bug taken at 4X where there is no reflection. Sometimes it can't be avoided.

TOOLMAN 11-07-2021 12:48 PM

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TOOLMAN, is the beetle showing a partial reflection of your rig? Just curious.

Best regards,
Chris

Some examples with reflections.

If there is a compound eye, you don't get as many reflections.

BubbaChris 11-07-2021 04:26 PM

TOOLMAN, thanks! I was more curious than anything else. You get to decide if reflections are okay or not.

I used to sell on eBay and for wristwatches and similar small items I'd see what I could avoid. There was a famous teapot photo where the photographers lack of attire was cause for suspect intentions.

Best regards,
Chris

TOOLMAN 11-07-2021 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by BubbaChris (Post 2686376)
TOOLMAN, thanks! I was more curious than anything else. You get to decide if reflections are okay or not.

I used to sell on eBay and for wristwatches and similar small items I'd see what I could avoid. There was a famous teapot photo where the photographers lack of attire was cause for suspect intentions.

Best regards,
Chris


Thanks

I also shoot wildlife, and sometimes people post close ups pics of animals “taken in the wild”, but some times the reflections in the eye shows a zoo shot instead.

AZflowers 11-07-2021 05:44 PM

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Hi fellow photography lovers. What fine examples you're showing! I'd like to participate, if I can figure this out. (I'm learning Mac, my Windows recently died.)

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Oh wow! It worked! The title should be "I have chickens"

MissMolly 11-07-2021 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by AZflowers (Post 2686406)
Hi fellow photography lovers. What fine examples you're showing! I'd like to participate, if I can figure this out. (I'm learning Mac, my Windows recently died.)

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Oh wow! It worked! The title should be "I have chickens"

Great job! Nice shot.

braumeister 11-07-2021 05:57 PM

Beautiful hawk. One of my favorite birds.

AZflowers 11-07-2021 06:07 PM

Many thanks. I've been a lurker these many years because I really can't respond to most of the topics -- I didn't retire early, and financially I'm hanging on by the skin of my teeth. But I do love reviewing photos others have taken. So I'll try to be a good participant.


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