Category: Macro

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Springtime Macro Photography with Sigma 105mm/2.8 + Canon 70D

Taking along my Canon 70D and my beloved 105mm Art DG HSM Macro lens I went out into the green countryside to enjoy the nice weather outside. Up to now I have mainly captured impressions of food and details of the interior, but with the spring sun coming out I got inspired and motivated to ...

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About missing spring, tropical temperatures and colorful butterflies

Finally spring arrived, but this year it took forever. Missing sunlight and no trace of springtime in the past few weeks. That’s why I spent an afternoon in the city’s Butterfly House. Tropical temperatures, palm trees and exotic flowers everywhere. Well equipped with my camera and the 30mm Art lens with a 1.4 aperture, I ...

More bird photos and a couple of macro shots (150-600mm C)

With over 20 degrees on Monday, to me, it didn’t feel like winter at all. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take some great bird shots, so I took my SD1 Merrill and the 150-600mm C on a photo session. After hours of making use of the heavy equipment, my hair and my undershirt ...

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DP2 Quattro, Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250

While taking photos of the Christmas tree ornaments it struck me that my two achromatic lenses, Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250, have increased Sigma DP2 Quattro’s magnification factor quite considerably, despite DP2Q’s short focal length. I found that quite interesting, given that achromatic lenses are supposed to increase the magnification factor more, the longer the ...

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Grasshopper portraits and other macros

You don’t get the chance every year to go for a long walk on Boxing Day. But thanks to the unusually high temperatures that wasn’t any problem this year. On the contrary, taking a walk in the sunshine at 11°C was very pleasant. In my photo bag I had the Sigma DP3M with the achromatic ...

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Sigma DP3M Marumi, DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250 on a real macro photo stroll

Here on my blog I’ve already shown some photos I shot with my Sigma DP3M and the achromatic lenses Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250. However, those were only test images of a tape measure in order to find out what magnification factor the combination achieves. Besides that, I’ve documented the fan replacement on my neighbor’s ...

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Fan replacement – Neighbor’s laptop survives open heart surgery ;)

Last week my neighbor with the nice garden called and told me his laptop was dying. Surfing the web, Facebook, Skyping, allegedly nothing was working anymore as the notebook kept switching off automatically within a short time. On the very same evening I checked the “terminally ill surf machine”. I installed ThrottleStop to read out ...

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Macro Power: Sigma DP3 Merrill + Marumi DHG200 + Raynox DCR-250

I’ve taken quite a few nice macro shots with my go-to macro gear (Sigma DP3 Merrill and Marumi DHG200 achromatic lens) in the past. Being curious as I am, I’ve wondered for quite some time, how this combo would perform, if one were to screw an additional achromatic lens on to the Marumi. Since this ...

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On a photo walk with an “old friend”

After all the photo walks with Art Lenses and the DP2 Quattro, it was time again to take the DP3 Merrill for a walk. From Sunday on it’s supposed to get a lot colder, so today’s photo walk is likely to have been the last chance for a few macros this year. As soon as ...

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Joni Niemelä captures the curious beauty of carnivorous plants in his macros

No matter whether it’s insects, plants or natural phenomena like the aurora borealis, the Finnish photographer Joni Niemelä sees the beauty of nature in everything. Sometimes he even finds it where one would least expect it, like his albums Otherworldly Blues and Drosera, containing photos of carnivorous plants, show rather impressively. The special thing about ...