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by MacroLens
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Equipment questions from a beginner.
Replies: 31
Views: 4475

Just to put in there, with your equipment it looks like you will be working at 1:1 at the most, and really for the majority of subjects you might be working at lower magnification. So the tripod and rail and so on may not be needed all the time if you are just taking single pictures. For that appli...
by MacroLens
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Still working on things
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Out of curiosity: Where do you live? What do you think about the Dodds in your area? Do you see a lot of turnover in Dodd locations? I live in NE Ohio and there are essentially only two sources for serious photographic equipment locally, the various Dodd locations and Pixel Connection out in Avon. ...
by MacroLens
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Still working on things
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Still working on things

I now own a small flash and I am about to head down to Dodds Camera and pick up a Rogue Flash Bender kit. In the meantime a flower I took a shot of a couple of weeks ago and got around to processing it today.

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by MacroLens
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: I like this one.
Replies: 2
Views: 1149

MarkSturtevant wrote:That is a nice effect. I like the general atmospheric effect and the background bokeh.
Thanks Mark! The bokeh this lens can create even at F11 is pretty impressive.
by MacroLens
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: I like this one.
Replies: 2
Views: 1149

I like this one.

I do like a soft image but also sharpness where it counts. F11 and Pixel Shift seems to be a good compromise to get both with the camera and lens.


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by MacroLens
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Stack input appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

OK, thanks. There's a discussion starting at https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/34009634 that may be helpful. --Rik Thanks Rik, I took a look. I also have Tiffen DFX but I mostly use it for the film effects. I am interested in the old style effects that were used in the early camera and film days...
by MacroLens
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Stack input appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Re: Three more from Helicon.

I shot these with the aid of a simple household lamp instead of the glaring light in my dining room. The white balance and contrast is 100% better Hhmm... I assume this evaluation is based on comparison with the actual subject in front of you. On my monitor, not seeing the original subject, I have ...
by MacroLens
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Stack input appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Three more from Helicon.

I shot these with the aid of a simple household lamp instead of the glaring light in my dining room. The white balance and contrast is 100% better and these three I think are an improvement. Helicon A http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/userpix/6331_Bowl_of_Seeds_Helicon_A_1.jpg Helicon B http://w...
by MacroLens
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Stack input appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Stack input appreciated

I have been trying out my new setup and have to say I absolutely love the Berlebach Tripod and 410 Junior Head! It is like night and day compared to my Sunpak Tripod and head setup. The stack was taken indoors with harsh lighting; It has been raining in Cincinnati and looks like it may be clearing u...
by MacroLens
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Ballhead
Replies: 3
Views: 2117

https://www.manfrotto.us/410-junior-geared-tripod-head-easy-to-use-ergonomic-knobs http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=210882#210882 Very happy with it. And prices went down.... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Manfrotto-410-Junior-Geared-Head-/182675977130?hash=item2a885633aa:g:XFEAAOSw5e...
by MacroLens
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Ballhead
Replies: 3
Views: 2117

Ballhead

I am going down to Dodd Camera here in Cincinnati tomorrow to look over the Gitzo, Manfrotto, and FLM ballheads they have in stock. The lady I spoke to sounded confident she could get me something for macro that I would like between $200.00 and $300.00. If not, I will order the Arcatech online. I kn...
by MacroLens
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Questions on beginner software for small stacks.
Replies: 28
Views: 7514

Thanks Deanimator! Stacking may not be for me but all is not lost. I did find great references to tripods, heads, lighting; along with other equipment and techniques since joining this forum. I wouldn't discount stacking out of hand. With the right combination of hardware and software, you can get ...
by MacroLens
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Questions on beginner software for small stacks.
Replies: 28
Views: 7514

I understand by focus stacking you are able to create a sharper looking image from corner to corner and increase the depth of field. That's not quite right either. While focus stacking will make CRITICAL areas sharper, it often introduces artifacts around the periphery. That's why it's recommended ...
by MacroLens
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Questions on beginner software for small stacks.
Replies: 28
Views: 7514

The reason I am interested in stacking is due to the promise of less noise. If not for that promise, I would never have considered it. Wait! This comment changes everything. As macro photographers, when we say "stacking," we mean "focus stacking to increase the depth of field (the area in focus)." ...
by MacroLens
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Questions on beginner software for small stacks.
Replies: 28
Views: 7514

I don't think I need the best results for pixel peeping. I like full size shots of flowers, leaves, vibrant looking ground cover, and foliage. The most important thing for me concerning stacking is the lack of noise which I detest. Then processing them before and/or after stacking to make sure I ge...