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Feb 5, 2012 19:25:05   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.
I was trying to focus on the chew marks on the edge.
I was trying to focus on the chew marks on the edg...





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Feb 5, 2012 21:08:13   #
Nikonian72 Loc: Long Beach CA
 
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.

Exactly why I shoot A-F, and use a Speedlight with an O-Flash attachment! (for maximum DOF)

I cropped your images a bit, to emphasize areas of focus.





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Feb 5, 2012 21:24:40   #
naturepics43 Loc: Hocking Co. Ohio - USA
 
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.


What equipment & settings?

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Feb 5, 2012 21:38:32   #
naturepics43 Loc: Hocking Co. Ohio - USA
 
Nikonian72 wrote:
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.

Exactly why I shoot A-F, and use a Speedlight with an O-Flash attachment! (for maximum DOF)

I cropped your images a bit, to emphasize areas of focus.


Nikonian 72:

I thought I had your hand held technique figured out until you said 'why I shoot A-F". I thought you set focus to manual , turned your lens to 1:1, then moved in on subject til in focus. Do you look at distance scale after each shot to verify that you were at 1:1?

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Feb 5, 2012 21:51:47   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
Nikonian72 wrote:
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.

Exactly why I shoot A-F, and use a Speedlight with an O-Flash attachment! (for maximum DOF)

I cropped your images a bit, to emphasize areas of focus.


Thank you. Being on a budget means doing it the hard way. :)
The spruce's problem was a slight breeze. Learning how to set the aperture and shutter speed and iso will be good for me. Makes this old brain think.
How can I improve on these? What other than the cropping can I do to make them better?

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Feb 5, 2012 21:59:23   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
naturepics43 wrote:
Nikonian72 wrote:
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.

Exactly why I shoot A-F, and use a Speedlight with an O-Flash attachment! (for maximum DOF)

I cropped your images a bit, to emphasize areas of focus.


I thought I had your hand held technique figured out until you said 'why I shoot A-F". I thought you set focus to manual , turned your lens to 1:1, then moved in on subject til in focus. Do you look at distance scale after each shot to verify that you were at 1:1?
quote=Nikonian72 quote=Country's Mama Here is wh... (show quote)


I have been focusing with my feet. LOL So I just put it at 1:1 and don't touch it again. I was using a tripod, but it is tricking out in the field (literally) keeping the tripod steady and close enough to what I was shooting. I did a lot of experimenting today. I just got the lens yesterday so I have lots to learn.

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Feb 5, 2012 22:00:59   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
naturepics43 wrote:
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.


What equipment & settings?


Opps missed this question. I was working the bottom up. I have a Nikon D3000 and I just got a manual 100mm Vivitar lens.

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Feb 5, 2012 22:10:45   #
naturepics43 Loc: Hocking Co. Ohio - USA
 
You need a focusing rail

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Feb 5, 2012 22:21:11   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
naturepics43 wrote:
You need a focusing rail


What is a focusing rail?

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Feb 5, 2012 22:31:24   #
Nikonian72 Loc: Long Beach CA
 
Country's Mama wrote:
naturepics43 wrote:
You need a focusing rail

What is a focusing rail?

I have been shooting macro since 1972, and have used a focusing rails only a few times for photo stacking projects. Hardly worth the expense (they ain't cheap), and definitely an advanced procedure.

http://www.langtoninfo.com/showitem.aspx?isbn=4250234554565
There are cheaper models, and more expensive (motorized) models.



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Feb 5, 2012 22:37:23   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
Nikonian72 wrote:
Country's Mama wrote:
naturepics43 wrote:
You need a focusing rail

What is a focusing rail?

I have been shooting macro since 1972, and have used a focusing rails only a few times for photo stacking. Hardly worth the expense (they ain't cheap), and definitely an advanced procedure.


I better get the basics down first. That and see if I really end up shooting enough macro to warrant convincing my husband I need more gear.

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Feb 5, 2012 22:42:13   #
dirtpusher Loc: tulsa oklahoma
 
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.


Wow pretty nice pretty nice. like'm an very good

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Feb 5, 2012 22:55:15   #
Nikonian72 Loc: Long Beach CA
 
naturepics43 wrote:
Nikonian 72: I thought I had your hand held technique figured out until you said 'why I shoot A-F". I thought you set focus to manual , turned your lens to 1:1, then moved in on subject til in focus. Do you look at distance scale after each shot to verify that you were at 1:1?

This thread is an exercise for OP, who has NO A-F with her Nikon D3000 and a manual Vivitar 100-mm macro lens.

I still own my Nikkor 55-mm macro lens, purchased in 1972. Strictly manual. I now use it for tabletop macro work.

I purchased a Nikkor 105D to use manually with my Nikon D5000. I was not happy with my inability to capture consistent focus. I upgraded to a Nikkor 105G (built-in motor & VR2). I also added a D90. Very happy now.

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Feb 5, 2012 23:11:47   #
Country's Mama Loc: Michigan
 
dirtpusher wrote:
Country's Mama wrote:
Here is what I came up with after 131 shots. This focusing is a lot harder than it looks, never mind the figuring out the exposures.


Wow pretty nice pretty nice. like'm an very good


Thank you.

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Feb 5, 2012 23:40:43   #
dirtpusher Loc: tulsa oklahoma
 
those teeth marks are incredable.. those are intense

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