EDIT: since we have quite many macro photography enthusiasts here on pixls.us, I thought it would be nice to have on thread were to collect all our masterpieces from the small world… so I renamed this thread to invite people to post their macro shots here!
Here are some recent macro shots of mine, freshly processed and uploaded.
I am still working on the use of natural sunlight (I have a strong preference for backlit shots) and on the texture of the out-of-focus background… what do you think?
You can see the full set of pictures here (released under the CC BY-NC-SA license).
Great stuff! I like #3 and #8 in particular.
I think the best thing to do is look for as few hues as possible, and make things pop. For example in #4 it’s a lovely composition, but because the dragonfly is yellowish and the background green-yellowish, it is a little lackluster in appearance. In comparison, in #8 you have a wonderful black-blue background with a yellow-brown foreground. Great contrast. Just cut away the left part and you have a awesome picture!
Nice work! In the last couple of weeks I’ve discovered the joys (and few frustrations!) of macro shooting. Here are a couple of mine. I particularly like the second one which I call “PlantetX”
I also shot these hand-held. I used a Nikkor Micro 105mm f2.8 hanging off of the working end of my pedestrian crop-sensor “enthusiast” (hah!) D7100. I really do need to get a new full frame mirrorless. Yeah, sure
Nice shots! I particularly like the geometry and colors of the second one.
Regarding the gear, I am not convinced that a mirrorless camera is the best for macro-photography. For me the immediate feedback of an optical viewfinder is a must in order to “catch” the good focus. I suspect that the small time lag of the digital viewfinder is detrimental in this respect…
Also, I am afraid it is very hard to exploit the potential of an high-resolution full-frame sensors in hand-held shooting, due to camera micro-movements…
To all the macro-photography lovers out here, what do you think about a thread dedicated to showcasing your work?
I agree wholeheartedly. And then some. I was simply being sarcastic and trying to taunt all of the gaseous fanboys/girls out there I’m looking forward to complementing my gear at reasonable prices (I also have a tiny bit of gas) when they dump all of their old bodies and glass in blind favour of the new stuff
I have been reluctant to give a critique because I am a newbie when it comes to taking actual photography and have a minimal set of aging gear on me.
The reason that I asked about gear and context is because I feel that a longer lens could have done a better job (like @Hevii_Guy’s but of course you have what you have). Also, a deeper depth of field would have been nice; more overall sharpness on the insect. I think a smaller aperture might also give the bokeh balls a bit more character.
@andabata’s advice on using a lower angle is excellent. Just think about how you would take candid photos of your children. Usually it is at a lower angle. At least, that is what my approach would be.