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   Old Thread  #2395 17 Apr 2020 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant

Who stole the beeflys wings

What shutter speeds are recommended for bees in flight? I was messing about yesterday lunchtime using available light only, shots didn't look right with sharp wings but I just couldn't find the balance between blurred wings and sharp fur
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   Old Thread  #2394 17 Apr 2020 at 7.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Made a flash diffuser/beamer from card, tinfoil and gaffa.
Another big difference!
Now as long as I'm well off sun angle, shots are so much better lit and there's more detail as a consequence.

Discovered my lens was back-focussing.
Had a suspicion it was but just put it down to hand-holding.
Only -6 but it's made a huge difference at that level.

Also realised that the exposure tricks I use for long lens are pretty much the opposite down this end!
I'm used compromising to high ISO's to maintain a 1000+ shutter speed, exposing well to the right to reduce noise, and taking highlights down afterwards.

In macro I'm finding that I have bags of shutter speed at 250 (the flash does the freezing) and it's better to expose dark and not to blow any highlights at all, and with the ISO at 100 it's much more forgiving when you pull shadows. You can't pull shadows at higher ISO's due to the noise.

This looks up a gear to me

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   Old Thread  #2393 17 Apr 2020 at 11.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Another little "light-bulb-moment" this morning. ('scuse pun!)

Was thinking about multiple light sources to eliminate shadows when I suddenly realised - using a flash I already have 2, just need to position them correctly.
Normally if the sun is out it is natural to shoot to take advantage of it with the sun at my back.
Using flash on top of the camera just increases that contrast of light/shadow as it's the same direction intensified.
This is obvious in processing when the dynamic range needs some serious reigning in in RAW conversion and in PS afterwards.

I had the thought that shooting INTO the sun with flash would be a better option and tried it.

It is!
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   Old Thread  #2392 15 Apr 2020 at 10.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm learning, and re-learning a lot this week.

My 17mm 1.8 makes a very interesting macro lens with extention tubes
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But gives no working distance whatsoever, this fellas leg was on the lens
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I've also re learned not to delete from the camera, this would have gone for sure
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Red velvet mite

I also now know I need some plants that wake up earlier, there's no colour at the moment
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I've also learned that South facing star trails are ugly, red intensifier filters don't cut light pollution now its all from leds and add some really weird colours, and even with the current clean air, astro shots in London don't work
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Live composite, about 40 mins worth of 25sec exposures @400 iso! Pulled back in post too




Quite frustrating with meteor showers over the next week
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   Old Thread  #2391 15 Apr 2020 at 9.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You get days where loads just seems to fall into place then months of learning bugger all!

Found a dead one to practice on this morning so I think this is the limit of the gear I have.

180 lens, 1.4 converter, 100 ISO, f9 (which I keep coming back to as the sweet spot)
Lit by flash on full and a high CRI torch.
Focus incrementally stepped and shutter fired via EOS Utility on the laptop.

Of course I'd never get anywhere near that kind of thing in the field but interesting to see.

Length of body & head = about 5mm

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   Old Thread  #2390 15 Apr 2020 at 10.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just had a quick took, over 80 "what lens" or "what camera" type threads since 2017, over a thousand posts, this thread has had a hundred posts in that time and most of them are us two over the last week

It's funny seeing some of my questions from a few years back, i remember some of the things I was trying to shoot and struggles I had with some technical details that seem so simple and trivial now. There really is no substitute for experience!

The house I'm working in this week, the garden is almost deafening with the amount of bugs buzzing about, I might warn the neighbours there'll be a nutter doing yoga with a camera tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #2389 15 Apr 2020 at 8.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Used to be quite a popular thread.
Carp angling seems to attract less "countrymen" and more "screenies" these days.

The gadget threads seem to get plenty of traffic!
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   Old Thread  #2388 15 Apr 2020 at 8.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had to check the name

I actually read this whole thread yesterday, it's a shame so many pics are missing but there are some amazing macro shots going back a bit
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   Old Thread  #2387 15 Apr 2020 at 7.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good find - he actually has exactly the same lens and body choices as me!

Officially the gain in magnification is about 20% with a 25mm tube

Interestingly it looks like my failed TC experiment may be back on again though, apparently AF is available at f8 and below, I think I left it at 9 or 10 yesterday when trying it.
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   Old Thread  #2386 15 Apr 2020 at 5.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Interesting article
I'd say the difference in magnification probably follows the same pattern. I didn't notice any mention of sharpness or diffraction in that Q&A,how times have changed
I'm still not sure how much difference 25mm tube will make, the impact on my tele lenses is marginal

I avoid this site but the first few comments seem relevant
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   Old Thread  #2385 14 Apr 2020 at 9.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Regarding light loss with extension tubes I found this.

"On the other hand, light loss caused by extension tubes is inversely proportional to the focal length of the original lens. For example, a 25mm tube results in a 1 stop loss on a 50mm lens, but only a half stop loss on a 100mm lens, or a quarter stop loss on a 200mm lens."

From here http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/eosfaq/closeup2.htm

So maybe less of an issue at 180 with a 25mm tube.
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   Old Thread  #2384 14 Apr 2020 at 11.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Let it cool, i had two taped together in a metal beauty dish with no airflow, they didn't like it
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   Old Thread  #2383 14 Apr 2020 at 10.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That could be a little game-changer

Just had a play and at 1/32 I can get 7 shots at either burst rate

Better still is 1/16 - 5 shots quite a light difference too!

At 1/8 I can only get 3.


Thanks for that tip - that wouldn't have occurred to me at all
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   Old Thread  #2382 14 Apr 2020 at 10.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Always manual with macro
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   Old Thread  #2381 14 Apr 2020 at 10.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry, yes I was thinking manual, I don't think ttl would work for a burst
If the flash is charged for a full power burst, you should get a few shots on lower power before it has to recharge
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