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Journal 6-15-16

The focus is the fault of the user, not the lens, and I am assured will get better as I get more expert with it. But OMG, the bugs! EEEE!

Apparently what I need to be happy are clear-cut, specific goals with a timetable, camera equipment, and a garden. And the medication, of course.

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They're great shots.

What goes on around us that we rarely notice!

Yes, for macro work a tripod is very helpful.

Lovely pictures. I'm always fascinated by the things other people notice.

While it doesn't have as much stability as a proper tripod, there are monopods out there that double as hiking/walking sticks, for your on-the-go nature photography needs.

Or tiny little collapsable ones that will be easy to tote around with your camera when you're out in the garden.

So macro lenses have a REALLY REALLY narrow DOF, which makes taking images of tiny things in 3D when they are moving around, probably on a plant thats also moving too --- yeah its a challenge.

Add in the difficulty of getting good focus while handheld (see the narrow DOF issue) and...... its a challenge

Lock the camera onto a tripod and then you have the issues of getting the camera at the right height and angle to try and get a bug thats moving, and you have the narrow DOF so three steps and its out of focus....... and its a challenge

So when you DO get a good one its awesome!

Tip - big flat things like butterflies, get them side on to the camera, you get all the pretty wing pattern but they are all on one flat plane so easier to get in focus.

If you want to achieve expert level, get yourself a nodal rail and something like Helicon, and move up to focus stacking, where you take a series of images with just > < that bit in focus, and then use the software to stack it all as one image - very cool but I havent done it myself as yet. I have the nodal rail tho!

Really Right Stuff sell lots of cool gear like this.

Edited at 2016-06-16 04:53 am (UTC)

so, with the new toy, you really *CAN* see up a bug's @sshole...

Beanbags are also useful in some situations--basically, it's a little beanbag for your camera, that isn't a tripod (and thus is more likely to be allowed in a museum). It's also more moveable so if you're shooting off, say, a porch rail, you can move the camera ever so slightly to keep the item of interest in focus.

Edited at 2016-06-16 04:39 pm (UTC)

Ooooh, hypno-eyes! Bugs are cool.

These aren't creepy (in my opinion), but if you do any that are likely to be seen as creepy, I'd appreciate a cut so I can get a warning first. Creepy bugs suddenly popping up on my screen induces anxiety. I won't speak for others, but I would imagine I'm not the only one out there who wants to brace themselves for a centipede or spider or what-have-you-with-too-many-legs.

I've been avoiding posting spiders--no good shots yet, which makes it easy--and I find centipedes alarming as well, so I'll try to be sure to tag!

Clear-cut specific goals? Timetable?
Somehow I don't associate those things with being happy...
They're useful tools for achieving stuff, I suppose, but mostly I mooch around their hard edges and prickly corners.

I like spontaneous and 'Oh boy I'm so glad I always carry a camera' moments.

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