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    • You've picked an apt title: "Luncheon is served"! 👍

      I'm glad you wrote about extension tubes. I forgot that one could use it to make a regular lens into a "macro lens" with decent results. Back in the day, when I used to shoot weddings, I tried using extension tubes to get a closeup of wedding rings. I had mixed results because the depth of field was very narrow, and it took a lot of patience to nail focus.

      F.16 aperture looks like it helped to keep important things sharp!

      Did you do any edits or post-cropping?

    • It is so interesting how macro photography can look so artistic and abstract. Without your backstory I wouldn't have guessed that the bug was crawling on a jacket. Tiny details like the droplet on the antenna could only be seen up close.

      Love the framing and the shadow from the bug. Cool color tone helps as well.

      Could you elaborate on what "reversed 50mm means"?

    • I'm glad you have a backlog of macro shots already! It is encouraging to see phone cameras coming a long way in macro photography. I didn't know the plant's name "Araucaria" either, but I've seen it plenty.

      I would recommend cropping in on the photo even more to show the texture of the bristles. 😉

    • I love this shot, the soft bokeh, and natural lighting! 

      When I first saw it, I thought the photo was upside down, but then I looked closer at the butterflies sitting on the sides, and I was wrong, it is the right way up.

      Have you played with cropping the right side a bit more, so that the blue butterfly is more centered?

    • Thanks Vilen!

      I haven't played with cropping; I actually prefer it not centered. But thanks for the suggestion!

    • Not strictly a macro, since I don't have a macro lens, but hopefully it's OK as a 'closeup detail'.

      Sony A7ii, F9, 1/30, ISO400, 55mm

      Post in GIMP - light saturation pump (or maybe I just manipulated the histogram), light unsharp mask which brings out the fine roots. I apply a black border to a lot of my shots - a habit I got into when scanning slides because the scanning process captured a black border automatically and I found I liked the effect - plus I prefer a black background to white. I'm curious if other people like or hate that effect.

    • Nice and sharp shot!

      I like the black border in this particular shot because it complements the dark negative space between the carrots and beets. 

      Maybe in another context, the black border would be less suitable, IMHO.

      Was that photo taken at a farmers market? I haven't seen this many carrots and beets at a typical grocery store.

    • Reverse lens is a cheap technique to open whole new world in front of your eyes. I remember coupling an old Yashica 50mm lens on my super zoom sony cyber shot H5 which gave me extreme magnification. One day i thought to focus on a white dust sticking on hibiscus plant in lawn, i was totally amazed to witness whole colony of tiny mealybugs and ants feeding and guarding those mealybugs.

      The tech is simple, just reverse a lens (use an adapter or a duct tape) zoom for higher magnification and move back and forth for perfect focus, a slight breath can make drastic shift in focus plane if you are in magnifying drastically, here focus peaking in H5 was extremely useful, focus stacking helps but it requires more practice and training. unfortunately i gave up on macros in 2008 :(

      Ant extracts sap from plant and transfers to another ants until sap is delivered to mealybugs, there was always a guardian ant chasing my intruding camera and showing off sharp teeth. I had more from this set can't find at moment.