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Heroique
4-Mar-2021, 16:51
It’s a jungle down there.

Especially if you get close to creatures – like this menacing spider:

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Nikon FM3a (hand-held)
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
Nikon SB-80dx (TTL flash on bracket)
Fuji Provia 100F
1/250th sec. @ f/32 manual exposure (about 1:1.5 magnification)
Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED/Nikon Scan

This fellow’s web stretched across a FS road near Mount Saint Helens (Wash. State). It was just high enough for my Honda Civic to pass under. Down the road I pitched my tent, then walked back with my macro lens. I captured the arachnid from both sides. Later that night, let’s just say my dreams were troubled. (If anyone can name the species, they’ll earn my eternal gratitude.)

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Maybe there are enough people here to give life to a small-format macro thread. What flora and fauna did you capture? What equipment made it possible? The magnification?

Often macro photography is a painful, knee-breaking, back-aching, strenuous business, so usually there’s a good story behind each shot. Please share yours. :D

alfredian
4-Mar-2021, 17:18
Probably in the genus Argiope. Hard to tell if it's a male (would have bulbs or "clubs" at the tips of the front pair of palps) or female (fairly straight palps). Argiope are large with bright coloration & build large webs. Argiope aurantia is very common here in the Northeast.--alfredian

Heroique
4-Mar-2021, 17:26
Thank you, alfredian.

Its size, bright-yellow underside, and ability to string a web across the road helps confirm your genus identification.

It occurs to me the letter “A” on its back confirms “Argiope” too. ;^)

Perhaps this thread can turn us into better naturalists.

Bernice Loui
4-Mar-2021, 19:51
Guess...

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Wild/Leica M420, Volpi fiberoptic ring light, canon M3 digital.


Bernice

Heroique
4-Mar-2021, 20:43
Guess...

Good Lord, whatever that is, I don’t feel like there’s a happy story on the way. A jungle indeed.

Meanwhile, here’s a bee on a Rock Rose that’s so drunk on pollen, he didn’t mind my close working distance:

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You might notice he has a tiny friend down there. I didn’t notice him at the time. Looks like an orange beetle with black polka dots. They seemed to be shaking more pollen onto the petals than they were collecting. A bit of drunken revelry.

Nikon FM3a (hand-held)
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
Nikon SB-22s (TTL flash on bracket)
+1.3 ev flash comp due to bright colors
Fuji Velvia-50
1/250th sec. @ f/22 (effective f/32-f/45)
The magnification was 1:1.3 – or approaching life-size on film

Daniel Casper Lohenstein
4-Mar-2021, 21:39
What about 4x5?




It’s a jungle down there.

Especially if you get close to creatures – like this menacing spider:

213473

213474

Nikon FM3a (hand-held)
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
Nikon SB-80dx (TTL flash on bracket)
Fuji Provia 100F
1/250th sec. @ f/32 manual exposure (about 1:1.5 magnification)
Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED/Nikon Scan

This fellow’s web stretched across a FS road near Mount Saint Helens (Wash. State). It was just high enough for my Honda Civic to pass under. Down the road I pitched my tent, then walked back with my macro lens. I captured the arachnid from both sides. Later that night, let’s just say my dreams were troubled. (If anyone can name the species, they’ll earn my eternal gratitude.)

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Maybe there are enough people here to give life to a small-format macro thread. What flora and fauna did you capture? What equipment made it possible? The magnification?

Often macro photography is a painful, knee-breaking, back-aching, strenuous business, so usually there’s a good story behind each shot. Please share yours. :D

Heroique
4-Mar-2021, 22:13
What about 4x5?

Hey Daniel, for 4x5, there’s an LF macro thread in the “Image Sharing (LF) & Discussion” forum.

It’s titled “Large Format Macro Images” – about 10 years old and 20 posts.

You are now in the “Image Sharing (Everything Else) & Discussion” forum. Where smaller formats live.

You’re not new around here are you? ;^)

j.e.simmons
5-Mar-2021, 04:47
The trouble with some of these thread titles not specifying smaller format arises for those of us who navigate by clicking on new posts. That just shows the thread title, not which forum it’s in. If we’re going to continue to separate separate out smaller format images, I think it would be clearer if it were specified in the thread title.

Tin Can
5-Mar-2021, 05:35
Ok

dried out cheeseburger

not


Guess...

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Wild/Leica M420, Volpi fiberoptic ring light, canon M3 digital.


Bernice

Heroique
5-Mar-2021, 05:38
The trouble with some of these thread titles not specifying smaller format arises for those of us who navigate by clicking on new posts. That just shows the thread title, not which forum it’s in. If we’re going to continue to separate separate out smaller format images, I think it would be clearer if it were specified in the thread title.

Clicking on "new posts" does show each thread's forum location (look on the right).

But I can see how one may get lost if they don't look.

I'll see if a moderator can add "small format" to the title.

GRAYnomad
5-Mar-2021, 06:16
Yay, macro, I've got 1000s of 'em :)

http://www.robgray.com/photos/images/32836.jpg

Mantispa laying eggs
Canon 1D Mk2n, EF 100macro, off camera flash

Tin Can
5-Mar-2021, 06:45
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51006110787_c74ea4b50e_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kHeDHe)Long Dead (https://flic.kr/p/2kHeDHe) by TIN CAN COLLEGE (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tincancollege/), on Flickr

Daniel Casper Lohenstein
5-Mar-2021, 07:35
Hey Daniel, for 4x5, there’s an LF macro thread in the “Image Sharing (LF) & Discussion” forum.

It’s titled “Large Format Macro Images” – about 10 years old and 20 posts.

You are now in the “Image Sharing (Everything Else) & Discussion” forum. Where smaller formats live.

You’re not new around here are you? ;^)

Excuse me, but I do not look in the sections of the forum, but have everything displayed in the "unified view".

So, I'll give you the following task, because that's what brought me to the large format: take pictures with your analog 35mm SLR and bellows, extensions, macro lenses. And on color slide film. But please measure the exposure with an incident light meter like the Sekonic L398. Or with an external spot meter. Zackzack, nix TTL ...

Here are a few smaller paper negatives, only in 9x12. Multigrade RC, about ISO 3. Paper negatives give you an immediate idea of whether you are right or wrong. This is really a big advantage of large format photography.

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Heroique
5-Mar-2021, 09:15
Excuse me, but I do not look in the sections of the forum, but have everything displayed in the "unified view".

Hey Daniel, clicking “Unified view” shows each thread’s forum location (look to the right), same as clicking on “New posts,” as addressed and remedied in my previous post. Like your shots! ;^)


Mantispa laying eggs, Canon 1D Mk2n, EF 100macro, off camera flash

Nice!

“Alright, Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up.”


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Here’s a butterfly I’ve managed to capture all the way to 1:1. Had to get very close for this life-size magnification. Kept the sun in his eyes so he couldn’t see me. Check out that long tongue, whoops, I mean proboscis:

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Nikon N90s
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
Nikon SB-22s (TTL flash on bracket with SC-17 cord)
1/250 sec. @ f/32 manual exposure
Fuji Velvia-50
Nikon Coolscan V ED/Nikon Scan

Daniel Casper Lohenstein
5-Mar-2021, 09:19
Hey Daniel, clicking “Unified view” shows each thread’s forum location (look to the right), same as clicking on “New posts,” as addressed and remedied in my previous post.

Why do you think I shoot analog? Do I look like I can handle all this digital stuff?

Tin Can
5-Mar-2021, 09:44
Everything we see here on LFPF is digital

I shot my Dead Bug very quickly this morning on iPad 5 mit zoom on tripod with 10 shot automatic stacking

all editing done in camera, the black border added in PS

Nobody has done a 'real' print exchange since my last 2, years ago

I shoot up to 11X14 with TMax 400, Tri X 320 and Extascan, all too big for my scanner

some IS macro

Heroique
5-Mar-2021, 09:50
Why do you think I shoot analog? Do I look like I can handle all this digital stuff?

Please PM me with your questions and I promise I’ll get back – meantime I’m busy posting, plus hope to see more of your nice shots…

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This is wood from a White Bark Pine high in the mountains, fallen after an attack of the mountain pine beetle. This is a full-frame scan, so you can imagine how little this flame-like patch of wood actually is.

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Nikon N90s on tripod
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
Fuji Velvia-50
Nikon Coolscan V ED/Nikon Scan

Bernice Loui
5-Mar-2021, 11:10
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5x7 Sinar, 9 1/2" APO artar in barrel, think f16 or f22, Sinar shutter. Kodak Ektachrome 64T (tungsten). Almost 1:1..
Image was made decades ago, previously posted to LFF.


Bernice

Tin Can
5-Mar-2021, 11:40
Very rare

Cosmo loved their fragrance as did I, so I brought them home often

Never saw this color https://seedrack.com/indiv/strelitzia.html?source=googleps&gclid=Cj0KCQiAyoeCBhCTARIsAOfpKxiCjCduebv4lyuSDs991wJAC_vD8aA3Vc5CEuKI5qa8CuZuv3gXd8QaAsHgEALw_wcB

I forgot that flower...

Thanks for a memory


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5x7 Sinar, 9 1/2" APO artar in barrel, think f16 or f22, Sinar shutter. Kodak Ektachrome 64T (tungsten). Almost 1:1..
Image was made decades ago, previously posted to LFF.


Bernice

Daniel Casper Lohenstein
5-Mar-2021, 13:37
213500

5x7 Sinar, 9 1/2" APO artar in barrel, think f16 or f22, Sinar shutter. Kodak Ektachrome 64T (tungsten). Almost 1:1..
Image was made decades ago, previously posted to LFF.


Bernice

Enfin!

Daniel Casper Lohenstein
5-Mar-2021, 13:42
Please PM me with your questions and I promise I’ll get back – meantime I’m busy posting, plus hope to see more of your nice shots…



Got kids? If you sit at the computer for four hours, your children will get depressed. If you spend four hours with them in the darkroom, they are happy. Another reason why I am doing large format photography. Already got a Graflex and a Brand 17 for next Christmas, 150 sheets of Rollei Ortho 25 and 100 sheets of Fomapan 100 ...

Heroique
5-Mar-2021, 14:10
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5x7 Sinar, 9 1/2" APO artar in barrel, think f16 or f22, Sinar shutter. Kodak Ektachrome 64T (tungsten). Almost 1:1..
Image was made decades ago, previously posted to LFF. Bernice

Nice flower and background blur, Bernice.

Reminds me of this LF shot's background, pulled from the “Leaf” thread, to compare with SLR lenses and smaller formats when it comes to macro compositions. Like yours, it's approaching 1:1.

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Tachi 4x5
Schneider 150mm/9 G-Claron
Fuji Velvia-50
Epson 4990/Epson Scan

Call it a leaf who got held up on its journey to the forest floor.

I hope you can see the spider thread suspending the leaf?

I used a Schneider 150mm/9 g-claron with considerable bellows draw for a Tachi macro application. Despite the magnification, I still slightly cropped this shot since the leaf stayed small in relationship to the film. I think the aperture was fairly open (f/11) for the 1/30th (!) shutter speed. (Who keeps saying to stop this lens way down?) And I was very lucky with DOF. If I had closed down and used flash, I'm sure the soft background would have gone black, rendering a different aesthetic appeal.

I remember waiting for the wind to still. And waiting… And waiting…

Heroique
5-Mar-2021, 15:46
Got kids? If you sit at the computer for four hours, your children will get depressed. If you spend four hours with them in the darkroom, they are happy. Another reason why I am doing large format photography. Already got a Graflex and a Brand 17 for next Christmas, 150 sheets of Rollei Ortho 25 and 100 sheets of Fomapan 100 ...

Daniel, I was very sorry to hear your children had been depressed. It would be best to PM me if you need to share more details. Meantime, we look forward to seeing more of your great images.

Bernice Loui
6-Mar-2021, 10:13
Roasted coffee bean...


Bernice


Guess...

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Wild/Leica M420, Volpi fiberoptic ring light, canon M3 digital.


Bernice

Bernice Loui
6-Mar-2021, 10:19
LF macro out of focus blur is different than what is achieved in smaller formats. The out of focus image quality remains affected by the aperture shape even at f16-f22 which is why older barrel lenses with mostly round iris remains preferred.

Have this same image made using 13x18cm Agfa Chrome RS100. The colors are different. At some point, should dig it out, scan it to post for to allow a comparison. Thinking of this, should do some more digging of old images to share..

These web images do not come close to presenting the amount of detail contained at the plane of focus.. What does come up with images like this, how much of the image to hold in sort of focus -vs- out of focus blur and it's rendition.


Bernice


Nice flower and background blur, Bernice.

Reminds me of this LF shot's background, pulled from the “Leaf” thread, to compare with SLR lenses and smaller formats when it comes to macro compositions. Like yours, it's approaching 1:1.

213502

Tachi 4x5
Schneider 150mm/9 G-Claron
Fuji Velvia-50
Epson 4990/Epson Scan

Call it a leaf who got held up on its journey to the forest floor.

I hope you can see the spider thread suspending the leaf?

I used a Schneider 150mm/9 g-claron with considerable bellows draw for a Tachi macro application. Despite the magnification, I still slightly cropped this shot since the leaf stayed small in relationship to the film. I think the aperture was fairly open (f/11) for the 1/30th (!) shutter speed. (Who keeps saying to stop this lens way down?) And I was very lucky with DOF. If I had closed down and used flash, I'm sure the soft background would have gone black, rendering a different aesthetic appeal.

I remember waiting for the wind to still. And waiting… And waiting…

Bernice Loui
6-Mar-2021, 10:29
Getting much smaller... with a Leitz Ergolux.

National Semiconductor LH0032 with the "top off"..
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Close up of a single bipolar transistor chip, brightfield lighting.
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Same chip, darkfield lighting.
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Bernice

Joe O'Hara
6-Mar-2021, 17:12
Nice flower and background blur, Bernice.

Reminds me of this LF shot's background, pulled from the “Leaf” thread, to compare with SLR lenses and smaller formats when it comes to macro compositions. Like yours, it's approaching 1:1.

213502

Tachi 4x5
Schneider 150mm/9 G-Claron
Fuji Velvia-50
Epson 4990/Epson Scan

Call it a leaf who got held up on its journey to the forest floor.

I hope you can see the spider thread suspending the leaf?

I used a Schneider 150mm/9 g-claron with considerable bellows draw for a Tachi macro application. Despite the magnification, I still slightly cropped this shot since the leaf stayed small in relationship to the film. I think the aperture was fairly open (f/11) for the 1/30th (!) shutter speed. (Who keeps saying to stop this lens way down?) And I was very lucky with DOF. If I had closed down and used flash, I'm sure the soft background would have gone black, rendering a different aesthetic appeal.

I remember waiting for the wind to still. And waiting… And waiting…

Nice! I don't think I would have seen the thread without the hint.

I find spiders strange and fascinating, though I've not yet succeeded in making my wife a fan. Pretty soon it will be warm enough for them to start working again outside in my garden. Leucauges venusta http://www.marylandinsects.com/images/Orchard_Spider_1.jpg is an especially attractive, if small, orb-builder. They have a very sporty chartreuse/black/white/silver coloration, and have the odd habit of often setting their webs at a 45 deg angle to the vertical. There seem to be dozens in late spring, and then one day they're all gone.

Tin Can
7-Mar-2021, 06:18
Shot one bean 2016 on thread Micro sensor images including Macro (https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?128964-Micro-sensor-images-including-Macro&p=1312149&viewfull=1#post1312149)

Click to enlarge

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51012205046_a1670c05d3_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kHLTjE)Bean2.1 (https://flic.kr/p/2kHLTjE) by TIN CAN COLLEGE (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tincancollege/), on Flickr





Roasted coffee bean...


Bernice

Gary Beasley
7-Mar-2021, 09:43
African violet. Its been a few years since I shot this, cant remember what camera I used on it.

Heroique
7-Mar-2021, 10:14
Nice! I don't think I would have seen the thread without the hint. I find spiders strange and fascinating, though I've not yet succeeded in making my wife a fan...

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Your orchard spider is a beautiful insect, whoops, I mean arachnid.

Nicely balanced in the frame, too.

So attractive, if it allowed me, I'd be tempted to hold it in my palm for a close look, without a flinch!

Bernice Loui
7-Mar-2021, 11:33
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Bernice

Bernice Loui
7-Mar-2021, 11:33
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Bernice

Daniel Unkefer
7-Mar-2021, 12:21
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50559247393_e061a78b2c_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2k2KmMX)Auto Makiflex 21cm f4.5 Heliar 120 6x9 Maki Back 2 (https://flic.kr/p/2k2KmMX) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50560095167_fa4369dfd5_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2k2PGNK)Auto Makiflex 21cm f4.5 Heliar 120 6x9 Maki Back 1 (https://flic.kr/p/2k2PGNK) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

Auto Makiflex #3 with 21cm f4.5 Auto iris Makiflex Heliar. 1/60 F11 Ilford FP4+ 6x9cm Makina Back ADOX BORAX MQ Developer 8x10 Arista #2 RC print Multigrade developer. Full sun Key Day. Waiting for the Lily in my front garden to fully open up. I am enjoying looking through the 21cm Heliar.

Heroique
7-Mar-2021, 15:47
Waiting for the Lily in my front garden to fully open up. I am enjoying looking through the 21cm Heliar.

Nice b/w florals, an encouraging sign of spring.


How long can I expect a sitter to remain frozen and still be "good?"

Just a brief public service announcement…

Macro shooters often try refrigerating insects to better control them as subjects. It never works well. I just want to discourage anyone who’s tempted by the idea. It’s not only a mean thing to do, but not aesthetically pleasing.


“A good naturalist can spot close-up pictures of refrigerated subjects every time,” says John Shaw in his classic book Closeups in Nature. “Imagine refrigerating your kids until they could not move and then photographing them – surely you could tell that they didn’t look right in the resulting photo.”

Thank you everyone for continuing to be humane! :cool:

GRAYnomad
7-Mar-2021, 16:40
Just a brief public service announcement…

Macro shooters often try refrigerating insects to better control them as subjects. It never works well. I just want to discourage anyone who’s tempted by the idea. It’s not only a mean thing to do, but not aesthetically pleasing.


“A good naturalist can spot close-up pictures of refrigerated subjects every time,” says John Shaw in his classic book Closeups in Nature. “Imagine refrigerating your kids until they could not move and then photographing them – surely you could tell that they didn’t look right in the resulting photo.”

Thank you everyone for continuing to be humane! :cool:

Yep, only live subjects found in their natural environment for me.

Speaking of which...

http://www.robgray.com/photos/images/21725.jpg

He's very alive and fixin' to have a piece of me :D

Daniel Unkefer
7-Mar-2021, 18:17
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50378155288_8c1f8e44b4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jKKdqh)HRU Makiflex Std Mic-X 240 f4.5 Tele-Arton (https://flic.kr/p/2jKKdqh) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

Plaubel Makiflex Standard camera 240mm F5.5 chrome barrel mount Schneider Tele-Arton at F22. One pop of Broncolor Pulso C171 monolight strobe with Broncolor Pulso Beauty Dish. No fill. 8x10 Fuji HR-U XRay film cut into 4x5s straight Microdol-X replenished in a tray development by inspection under custom red light. 4x5 Lisco Regal holder. 8x10 RC Aristo #2 Multigrade dev Omega DII with diffusion Omegalite head.

Daniel Unkefer
7-Mar-2021, 18:19
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50371891118_9c12373511_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jKc7im)MINR XRay Test 1 210mm Componon F22 Two Pops C171 (https://flic.kr/p/2jKc7im) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

18x24cm Kodak MIN-R Mammography film cut into 4x5s. Sinar Norma Broncolor C171 with Broncolor Pulso Beauty Dish. Two strobe pops with Sinar Norma Shutter, multiple pops are no problem. Schneider chrome Componon lens at F22. Lisco Regal 4x5 film holder. Legacy Mic-X film dev 8 mins at 68F Aristo 8x10 #2 RC print Multigrade dev. This is fun :)

Daniel Unkefer
7-Mar-2021, 18:25
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50502606137_528a33eff8_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jWK4jz)Auto Maki no 2 150 2.8 Xenotar HRU 1 (https://flic.kr/p/2jWK4jz) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

"At the local Crystal Palace Conservatory"

Automatic Makiflex #2 150mm F2.8 Xenotar wide-open 1/15 Fuji 8x10 XRay HRU cut down to 4x5 in Graphmatic back StarD tripod. Development 12 minutes 60F straight Mic-X replenished by inspection of shadow values by deep red safelight. 8x10 Arista #2 RC Omega DII 180 Rodagon f22 35 seconds Omegalite diffusion head Multigrade developer

Tin Can
7-Mar-2021, 23:12
Like,


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50371891118_9c12373511_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jKc7im)MINR XRay Test 1 210mm Componon F22 Two Pops C171 (https://flic.kr/p/2jKc7im) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

18x24cm Kodak MIN-R Mammography film cut into 4x5s. Sinar Norma Broncolor C171 with Broncolor Pulso Beauty Dish. Two strobe pops with Sinar Norma Shutter, multiple pops are no problem. Schneider chrome Componon lens at F22. Lisco Regal 4x5 film holder. Legacy Mic-X film dev 8 mins at 68F Aristo 8x10 #2 RC print Multigrade dev. This is fun :)

Daniel Unkefer
8-Mar-2021, 07:19
https://live.staticflickr.com/7416/16449164736_304668320d_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/r4ygAy)Scan-150208-0001 (https://flic.kr/p/r4ygAy) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

Apples in a Bowl.

Plaubel Makiflex, 240mm F5.5 Schneider Tele-Arton, eight seconds at F/16, 9x12cm EFKE PL100 film developed in ADOX-Borax film developer. Scanned on Epson 4490. Lens focused on stem of the apple in the very front.

Heroique
8-Mar-2021, 13:13
Here’s an autumn leaf (Big Leaf Maple) rescued from the sidewalk and brought home for a carefully controlled tripod shot, 35mm and LF. About 1:1.5 and a full-frame scan. It’s a natural light shot from a nearby curtained window. I think the tiny, non-planar segments helped create the specular highlights. A polarizer may have rendered a very different look and feel.

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Nikon FM3a
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
Fuji Velvia-50
Aperture priority: < 2 sec. @ f/16 (effective f/22-f/32)
Nikon Coolscan V ED/Nikon Scan

Iga
10-Mar-2021, 11:00
https://i.imgur.com/sQROboU.jpg

Not real macro, but very close...
Hand made meniscus lens, HP5 film

Iga
10-Mar-2021, 11:01
https://i.imgur.com/rwuGBze.jpg

As above

Daniel Casper Lohenstein
13-Mar-2021, 00:45
A very beautiful picture. It inspires. It also makes me think a bit of Scorcese and Visconti films ("The Age of Innocence", "Il Gattopardo"). There, the - mostly colored - shadows also remain very dark, but not black, which gives them potential to become even darker, absolutely black, or lighter. And the highlights fade into bright white, but only in a few places, so the actual lights are mostly darker than white. Which points to the light source. A really very bright but diffuse light that envelops the objects in the shadows, despite the prevailing darkness. Probably with 4x5 and macro you just come to the solution of using a flash at some point.


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50378155288_8c1f8e44b4_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jKKdqh)HRU Makiflex Std Mic-X 240 f4.5 Tele-Arton (https://flic.kr/p/2jKKdqh) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

Plaubel Makiflex Standard camera 240mm F5.5 chrome barrel mount Schneider Tele-Arton at F22. One pop of Broncolor Pulso C171 monolight strobe with Broncolor Pulso Beauty Dish. No fill. 8x10 Fuji HR-U XRay film cut into 4x5s straight Microdol-X replenished in a tray development by inspection under custom red light. 4x5 Lisco Regal holder. 8x10 RC Aristo #2 Multigrade dev Omega DII with diffusion Omegalite head.

Daniel Unkefer
13-Mar-2021, 06:42
A very beautiful picture. It inspires. It also makes me think a bit of Scorcese and Visconti films ("The Age of Innocence", "Il Gattopardo"). There, the - mostly colored - shadows also remain very dark, but not black, which gives them potential to become even darker, absolutely black, or lighter. And the highlights fade into bright white, but only in a few places, so the actual lights are mostly darker than white. Which points to the light source. A really very bright but diffuse light that envelops the objects in the shadows, despite the prevailing darkness. Probably with 4x5 and macro you just come to the solution of using a flash at some point.

Thank you for your kind comments Daniel! This was fun and relaxing to do, and I have plans to continue to photograph flowers both outside and in my studio.

Daniel Unkefer
13-Mar-2021, 13:45
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50337946877_50d88d1cab_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jGc8RP)4x5 Fuji HRU Mic-X 5 minutes (https://flic.kr/p/2jGc8RP) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

Fuji 8x10 HR-U X-Ray cut down to 4x5, Graphmatic Holder, 4x5 Sinar Norma 180mm f5.6 chrome Durst Componon lens, full key sun. This was exposure #6, two stops over ambient reading of grey card EI 50 TTL Sinarsix 1/15 @ Fll. Short development is stock Legacy Mic-X 5 minutes 68F. Cesco flat bottomed 8x10 tray, sheets developed singly. I did a sort of ring-around, varying exposure and development times. This is the lowest contrast version which I like. 8x10 Arista RC #2 Multigrade dev Omega DII with Omegalite circuline head

Daniel Unkefer
13-Mar-2021, 14:27
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47796742391_e238feff15_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2fPCNin)Darkroom Print 1 Makiflex (https://flic.kr/p/2fPCNin) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr

My first darkroom print in twenty five years. Plaubel Makiflex, 270mm Tele Arton, 4x5" Efke PL100, ADOX Borax MQ Developer. Entire 9x9cm neg printed full frame. Ilford Multigrade Print Developer, RC #2 Arista paper

6X17 Shooter
14-Mar-2021, 11:16
Canon 5D2 with Mamiya M645 120/4 Macro

https://photos.smugmug.com/Lens-TestsEquipment/Mamiya-120-Macro/i-cntvgvN/0/7dfd85c7/XL/flower-dew-XL.jpg

Maris Rusis
14-Mar-2021, 16:55
https://live.staticflickr.com/1443/23769832329_13246bc9e5_b.jpg
Sedge and Oxygen Bubbles, Alexandria Bay
Gelatin-silver photograph on Ultrafine Silver Eagle VC FB photographic paper, image size 16.3cm X 21.5cm, from a Tmax 400 negative
exposed in a Mamiya RB67 camera fitted with a single element meniscus lens and #25 red filter.

jon.oman
15-Mar-2021, 08:45
Yay, macro, I've got 1000s of 'em :)

http://www.robgray.com/photos/images/32836.jpg

Mantispa laying eggs
Canon 1D Mk2n, EF 100macro, off camera flash

Great image!

jon.oman
15-Mar-2021, 08:52
https://www.gophotog.org/allphotos/insects/large_photos/D20_3568_jc.jpg

jon.oman
15-Mar-2021, 08:57
https://www.gophotog.org/allphotos/showprints/medium_photos/D20_8104_co.jpg

Heroique
15-Mar-2021, 10:01
https://www.gophotog.org/allphotos/insects/large_photos/D20_3568_jc.jpg

Every spider in this thread is terrifying under the macro lens, but they all have a beautiful pair of legs.

Whoops, I did it again.

I mean a beautiful octet of legs.

GRAYnomad
16-Mar-2021, 21:39
Great image!

Thanks Jon. I used to do a lot of macro, this one was published in Australian Geographic.

GRAYnomad
16-Mar-2021, 21:42
https://www.gophotog.org/allphotos/insects/large_photos/D20_3568_jc.jpg

Nice light.

Looks like a variation of our Golden Orb spider.

Heroique
3-Apr-2021, 11:03
Here’s a close-up scene of a summer meadow.

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I recall spending a few painful minutes on my stomach. This may be what a butterfly sees on “final approach.”

Nikon FM3a, 24mm/2.8 AF-D, PK-11a extension ring
Provia-100f, Nikon Coolscan V ED, Nikon Scan

jon.oman
4-Apr-2021, 09:00
Thanks Rob. We see these everywhere!

Randy
9-Apr-2021, 15:21
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jwxmomt7q0tu9lv/_DCS0023b.jpg?dl=1

Randy
9-Apr-2021, 15:25
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9q1elfeoi7d17f4/_DCS0028a.jpg?dl=1

Randy
9-Apr-2021, 15:32
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gdrkugq3d37g2iu/_DCS0040a.jpg?dl=1

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mr1kyo6ijuy5ar/_DCS0095a.jpg?dl=1

https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5ryvykykf6668o/_DCS0043a.jpg?dl=1

jon.oman
10-Apr-2021, 08:16
Nice images Randy.

Randy
13-Apr-2021, 16:54
Thanks Jon - they were all shot with an old Nikon AI 55mm macro on a slightly less old Nikon D200. I greatly enjoy the combination.

maltfalc
13-Apr-2021, 17:33
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shot with assorted pentax dslrs and lenses.

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13-Apr-2021, 17:38
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Heroique
29-Apr-2021, 09:33
Maltfalc, I think all your nice insect images qualify you as an entomologist!

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Beetles love to eat pollen, and it appears this fellow licked-up more than he could swallow. ;^)

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This may look like a midnight snack, but I took this photo at lunchtime, illuminated 100% with flash, 0% with ambient light. A reminder of how fast light falls-off with distance!

Nikon N90s (hand-held)
Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens (close to 1:1)
Nikon SB-22s on bracket (w/ TTL cord)
Velvia-50
1/250th @ f/22-32
Nikon Coolscan V ED