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    • Let's see your best Macro shots from today or whenever. Flowers, bugs, insects, and anything else looks better up close. Tell us a story behind the photo and how you shot it. What camera and settings did you use?

      Here is a photo of a blooming plum tree flowers in my back yard. I was experimenting with 16mm and 10mm extension tubes and how they affect the depth of field. Turns out, unsurprisingly, f1.8 is too shallow to capture any meaningful amount of detail of the flowers, so I bumped it up to f3.5 or higher to get at least something in focus.

      Camera: Sony A7s

      Lens: FE 55 f1.8 with 16mm extension tube

      Settings: f3.5, 1/160, ISO 100

    • My archenemy, hazelnut pollen! :)

      I took this photo in today's sunset about an hour ago. Cropping and a slight increase of contrast in post-processing, otherwise untouched.

      My garden photography often ends up like this, with only parts of the object in focus. I actually like it that way - but, let's face it, it is also often just impossible to get everything in focus while it's windy. Any ideas on how to deal with that?

      Camera: Canon EOS 6D
      Lens: Tamron SP 90mm Macro
      Settings: f3.5, 1/100, ISO 100

    • The orange glow of the sunset reflected on the branch is beautiful.

      While shooting macro shots of flowers and blooming trees, I've employed a sophisticated technique of holding the branch with my left arm and framing the photo with my right arm. 

      This juggling technique only works for very tight macro shots. It solves the wind problem but introduces a shaking hand problem. I'm still learning.

    • Ha, I'm resorting to that strategy as well, if all else fails. With the camera weighing about 1.5kg, spread across a length of 25cm including lens hood, it's really not working well though. :D

    • It's still early for flowers here but the snowdrops are blooming! This one if from yesterday; I headed to a spot where I can usually find snowdrops and they were happy to greet me.

      Fuji X-T2, XF80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro