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Old 27-12-2008, 23:04   #1 (permalink)
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Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot

I got some macro tubes for Christmas and today managed to get some time to take a shot or two. Wow, it's not easy. I have to take my hat off even more to those of you out there who take such STUNNING shots. With fading light and a refector improvised from the lid of a sweet tin, I managed this. I was aiming at an abstract kind of shot (for the monthly competition but then I read that I could only enter one doh).

I need to play with the different tubes and so on to work out how to affect DOF. the tube doesn't alloy changes to the F value (or not that I could see on the camera). Anyway, I'll play around and work it out.

Any comments as always are the only way I'll learn.




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Re: Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot

It certainly is abstract! And I guess it's the transparent paper making it appear out of focus - maybe a little too much?
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Re: Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot

Congrats on your new toy, you'll find macro quite addictive; look forward to seeing more macro's from you soon (of the non-abstract kind next time?)
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Re: Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot

Abstract it is I like the colours!

Macro is addictive - agreed! Look forward to some more
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Re: Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot

The depth of field available is tiny with macro tubes Clanny as you are increasing the distance between the rear element and the sensor (thus giving the macro effect) and you have to use a wide aperture as you have no way to stop it down (you can get tubes with full connections but they cost heaps!)

So, don't waste a lot of time trying to get greater DoF, instead learn how to use the limited DoF to your advantage, make it work for you. The key is to find that one spot that you want to make pin sharp and let everything else happen around it.

I must admit, this is a bit eaier with the 450D/40D/etc as they have Live View (I don't think the 400D has that does it?) which is a real boon for focusing in macro. You can magnify your screen by ten times so you can get a much more critical focusing accuracy.

With regards this actual shot, I do think it's a bit too much OOF BUT I also like the abstract and rather Christmassy feel to the whole shot so it still has real merit, well done

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Re: Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot

Thanks for the replies. Now that I look at this again it does seem a lot out of focus. I'll get the camera back out when I finish my exams in a week or so and se what I can come up with. Might be I need to research a good beginners macro lens.
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