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    • My entry this week is Pomegranate Seeds

      I got myself a couple of extension tubes and "went to town" (aka kitchen), taking closeups of flowers and things lying around. With a 10mm and a 16mm extension tubes and Sony 35mm Lens, I got the shot of pomegranate seeds in a bowl.

      Camera: Sony A7s

      Lens: FE 35 f1.4 with 10 + 16mm extension tubes

      Settings: f8, 1/8000, ISO 200

    • So the way I understand it:

      In the reverse the lens way - that only works if the lens has manual focus and aperture.

      For the Z I have a pair of Wiltrox extension tubes that have connectors for auto focus and F-stop - or switch to manual focus on the lens.

      If you use un-powered/plain tubes you need a lens with manual both also.

      but - ?

      These are what I use:

    • for today's macro challenge, here is a glasswing butterfly (Greta oto).

      From Wikipedia: "...its unique transparent wings that allow it to camouflage without extensive coloration."

      Fuji X-T2, XF80 mm F2.8 macro

    • @Denise reminded me of this picture I took last summer of a hummingbird hawk moth. Maybe not technically macro, but I didn't have my camera with me, and this was as close as I could get. This was shot with a OnePlus 6T - no alterations.

    • Yeah, these buggers are so fast! This particular one was fairly relaxed - I was able to get much closer than I had expected. Maybe because I was standing by the tree when it showed up and I just stood there watching it for a few minutes. And I'm sure you know that moving very slowly is essential.

      Here's an animation Google photos made automatically from a few of the shots I got with the moth in this flower.

    • Found a coin that was quite old. Older than me in fact. Thought it would make an interesting subject for a macro photo.

    • This week, I'd like to share with you a photo of a bee hard at work. Believe it or not, but I took this photo in the middle of an outdoor shopping center called Santana Row in San Jose.

      There are big flower pots spread out along the sidewalk, and one of them had these beautiful yellow flowers. I hovered around this flower for at least a minute. The bee didn't mind me, and out of 20 shots, this one came out the best.

      Camera: Sony RX100 V
      Settings: 1/640, 125 ISO, 24mm

    • I visited the greenhouses of the Lyman Estate on Saturday. While it is a little before the prime blooming season for the camellias in their chilly section of the greenhouse I did find some camellias in bloom. Here's one in pink!

      Fuji X-T2, XF80mm macro lens