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Old 11th July 2010, 16:27   #9661
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@crazydriver: Lovely dragonfly shot!
@punterccrx8s: That's not a macro shot at all! What you mean by macro shot here? You used the macro mode in the DSLR with your kit lens?
I know what a macro shot is.I'm just asking for some tips on how to take macro shots.For example here is one pic I took today.And by macro shot I meant shots taken with kit lens.

Is there anyway to take better pics without buying a macro lens?And this was with manual focusing.

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Old 11th July 2010, 16:40   #9662
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Is there anyway to take better pics without buying a macro lens?And this was with manual focusing.
@ punterccrx8s: Yep, you can. But not with the same clarity as that of a dedicated macro lens.

There are lens expensive stuff like close up lenses, raynox kits and all. With only 'macro' mode, all you get is close focussing distances. You need not 'buy' a macro lens as well. There are techniques like reversing lenses which would also give you good results.

One from my side with a cheap close-up lens + point and shoot cam.
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Old 11th July 2010, 21:59   #9663
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@ CrAzY dRiVeR - Nice shot of Dragon fly
One close shot from my side.
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Old 11th July 2010, 22:54   #9664
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I know what a macro shot is.I'm just asking for some tips on how to take macro shots.For example here is one pic I took today.And by macro shot I meant shots taken with kit lens.
Is there anyway to take better pics without buying a macro lens?And this was with manual focusing.
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Any tips??
Kit lens (mostly that 18-55mm) won't help you take real macro shots unless you reverse-mount it, or use a macro adapter like Raynox dcr250 in the front.

According to the gurus here, macro shots are of the difficult type when it comes to composition. With the magnification one will work with, chances are that composition will be ignored or sidelined - so a tip is to pay attention to the composition more than you normally would..

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Old 12th July 2010, 03:01   #9665
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Dangerous and beautiful

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Old 12th July 2010, 12:36   #9666
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Lovely portrait TG. How do you create this feel? WB shift?

Was at Lepakshi with a flickr group and tried my first HDR (think, the stop differences was about 1). The DR didn't require a HDR, but I had bracketed the shots, so thought of trying it out. Used a friend's tokina 11-16 for this and I am impressed with this lens, sharp, very sharp. Funny thing was, I am so used to primes, instead of zooming in I was moving around to get the composition I had in mind. Here it is, more to come as I process them.
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Old 12th July 2010, 12:55   #9667
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@Hellwrath
I did the white balance shift in post using Adobe lightroom 3. But more than that, the lighting has a lot to do with creating mood and feel.

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^^ Liked the last shot.
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Excellent find! Looks like pearls!
I wish those were real pearls, I could buy my dream DSLR, lenses and gadgets !
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Kerala is an excellent place to learn macro!
I am yet to find that golden coated dragon fly in bangalore. I think I need to visit Kerala with only photoshoot in mind, not visiting relatives !

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the second one is beautiful!
Thanks, I wish those roses would be worm-free one day. Will visit the place again in August.

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Dangerous and beautiful
I liked 'the beautiful', please release her.

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Used a friend's tokina 11-16 for this and I am impressed with this lens, sharp, very sharp.
Thats a lovely, dreamy shot. Is it your first HDR here ? I have heard a lot of good reviews on the tokina 11-16, a worth buy if landscape gets serious consideration. How did you travel by the way ? No wonder I couldn't reach you over the weekend.

Here is a wild flower I had never seen before. Its only half inch in size, shot at 1:1 macro, f/32.
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Thanks, I wish those roses would be worm-free one day. Will visit the place again in August.

Thats a lovely, dreamy shot. Is it your first HDR here ? I have heard a lot of good reviews on the tokina 11-16, a worth buy if landscape gets serious consideration. How did you travel by the way ? No wonder I couldn't reach you over the weekend.

Here is a wild flower I had never seen before. Its only half inch in size, shot at 1:1 macro, f/32.
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Where were the roses shot? Thanks, umm, it's my first proper HDR ever . Yep, the tokina is an awesome performer. Went to Hindupur by train and then took a matador to lepakshi. Total cost to reach Lepakshi was 16+6=22 bucks per head. I went there on Sunday, and when you called me on saturday I was at the exhibition, but didn't hear any response from your side. I cut the call and dialled back but the result was same, so I thought one of your cute kids were messing around with the phone .

I like that flower shot, very nice and sharp. Tripod mounted? I don't think f/32 was necessary here. Though, I can't be sure about it unless I see it in real life.
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Where were the roses shot? .....Tripod mounted? I don't think f/32 was necessary here. Though, I can't be sure about it unless I see it in real life.
Its GKVK deep inside where the dense jungle starts. I wanted to enter the jungle, but was not confident alone ! Camera was always mounted on the tripod, it was impossible to shoot 1:1 macro without it. About the last flower, I tried f/4.8, f/9 and 2 more values upto f/32. Although the flower is just half inch in size, the petals were not clear on larger apertures (smaller numbers).

OT: Phone calls, I didnt get anything from your number on Saturday, and I strictly dont allow kids to touch my phone, forget kids, I dont even allow my wife or mum to attend a call on my phone, because I fear their earrings will spoil my touchscreen !
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Dangerous and beautiful

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Was at Lepakshi with a flickr group and tried my first HDR (think, the stop differences was about 1).
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Here is a wild flower I had never seen before. Its only half inch in size, shot at 1:1 macro, f/32.
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Beautiful, I think if flower too has clean shot then it would have better.

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@ CrAzY dRiVeR - Nice shot of Dragon fly
One close shot from my side.
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Nice close shot.

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Here are few more, including some evening/night shots as well:
CasperRider - lovely shots. Have you seen the 'Magnificent Maharashtra - the Mahalog' thread? It would be wonderful if you could share some of your pictures there...
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Thank you Pawan, am glad you like it .

Two more, one from tokina and another with sigma 105mm.
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Here are some pics from my Film SLR, Pentax MZ-7.
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