Tag: macro

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A photographic walk through the realm of the dragonflies

As I wrote yesterday, I went on two photo tours last Friday. On my way home from the first I discovered a part of the riverside inhabited by hundreds of buzzing dragonflies. Since I could not get close enough with the short focal length of the DP2Q without getting wet, I ran home to retrieve ...

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The second photo-walk with the super-zoom

Yesterday I embarked once again on a photo-walk with the Sigma 18-300mm Contemporary. My attention was on the long end which, when it comes to super-zooms, tends to be much softer than the area around the sweet spot which can usually be found somewhere in the middle of the zoom-range. Since the longest focal length ...

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Motifs from neighbour’s garden

As is well known the grass is always greener on the other side. In my case it’s not the grass, but rather the interesting photo motifs that every so often make me look jealously in the direction of my neighbour’s garden. 🙂 Lush vegetation, all kinds of insects and pets racing around – my neighbour, ...

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Something different for a change: black and white macros

I’ve been thinking about going to London for three or four days, but after almost an entire week of the typical London weather here in Belgrade I pretty much dumped the idea. Why spend money if I can get the London flair – which I can only stomach in small doses at a time anyway ...

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Macro photography is not like riding a bicycle

It’s said you never forget how to ride a bike. Unfortunately, macro-photography is not like riding a bike – at least, that is not my impression, after the first two macro sessions of the season. I do know that I have to close the aperture a bit more – something the reader Jürgen Rötzsch pointed ...

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The macro-season is open!

If anybody is like me, tends to develop winter fat during winter, and wants to get rid of it again as soon as possible, they should try macro-photography. 😉 No, I’m not kidding: living the life of the couch-potato during the cold months, it is easy to forget how exhausting hunting six- and eight-legged creatures ...

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Vadim Trunov: Macro Photographer of a Special Kind

Even though macro photography is a broad field that attracts various photographers, I’ve lately had the feeling as if the focus is evermore shifting towards bigger image ratios. Competing for full-format portraits of increasingly smaller animals, the best and most prominent photographers of the genre appear to forget what it is that makes a photo ...

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Tip: Nicky Bay’s Shots of Singpore’s Most Unusual Macro Motifs

As you know, beside four-legged friends also six and eight legged critters rank among my favorite motifs. Unfortunately, I’m naturally too fidgety and impatient to go stalking with a tripod, macro-flashes and diffusors. For that reason, I take pictures mostly from the hip, which isn’t the best way to get sharp images. From time to ...

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My 10 best macro photos taken without a ‘real’ macro lens

When people speak of a ‘real macro’, they usually mean a lens which can achieve a magnification ratio of at least 1:1. Lenses which cannot do that cannot be called macro lenses – at least according to many self-proclaimed photography experts in forums. Personally, I think that people tend to make the same mistake regarding ...

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Can anyone explain this unusual optical effect?

When I took macro photos with the DP3 Merrill und dem Marumi DHG200 +5 today, I noticed the effect you can see in the first picture. You should know that the photo is completely wrongly focused, yet it somehow looks sharp. It seems like the sensor did not catch the backlit spider itself but its ...