thomas

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This guy was smaller than a rice grain - looked like a spot on the wall. A Macro lens does take one into a new world - a world of detail that I never imagined before. It is strenuous work though - all that concentration and that too on a small thing trying to get the focus right - and you get a keeper of a shot after tens or more efforts. Good thing this spider stayed still for me - the only movement being those from my hands - may be I'll tie a rope around my hands to stay still :)

Spidey

This guy was smaller than a rice grain - looked like a spot on the wall. A Macro lens does take one into a new world - a world of detail that I never imagined before. It is strenuous work though - all that concentration and that too on a small thing trying to get the focus right - and you get a keeper of a shot after tens or more efforts. Good thing this spider stayed still for me - the only movement being those from my hands - may be I'll tie a rope around my hands to stay still :)

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  • dhiraj
  • Australia
  • 13 Nov 2010, 19:44
1. Tu jungle main rahta hai kya? How come you have such a special piece to capture?

2. It is a nice shot, no need to tie hands - take tripod dude.

3. which lens you have or which lens you used here for this pic?
Thomas Mathew: If you look closely, you'll see a spider or two in or around your house, you don't have to be in the jungle for this - just need an eye for detail smile

I have a tripod - its just that when you spot a small creature as this one, you don't have much time on your hands. It might just run away or get into an inaccessible corner by the time you take out your tripod and set it up. So, I think if you are shooting close-up shots of insects, hand-held is the best option. Its just that you need very stable hands. More than camera-shake causing any blur, since the focus is limited to such a small area, there is a higher chance of the object itself going out of focus on the slightest movement of the camera. The other thing to master is the art of lighting. Macro photography needs perfect lighting - you can read about it on the internet - I too am in the process of finding out the least expensive way of getting a good lighting arrangement for my macro shots!

The lens is a Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens. This is a dedicated Macro lens which gives you 1:1 magnification which is required for close-up/Macro photography and cannot be achieved through a standard lens. Although there are techniques like using extension tubes between your camera and your lens, but they cut out a lot of light and cheap extension tubes can get stuck on the camera and be difficult to take out. So, I thought a dedicated Macro lens is worth the investment!
  • Pikasso
  • Johdpur
  • 17 Nov 2010, 11:31
man its slimy ! it seems to have come out of a jam bottle tongue i love the detail on this picture

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