First Macro shots (Sigma 105mm on Nikon)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by flosseR, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. flosseR macrumors 6502a

    flosseR

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    Ok, so we just had midsummer and I was out in the summer cottage. while balancing taking care of the kids and resting, I took some shots with my new Sigma 105mm Macro.
    I would love some C&C but i am more interested in knowing two things:
    1. how to increase the DoF so that the frog would be more in focus, for example (its F3.5 but at F10 there was no noticeable difference really)
    2. How to shoot insects closer ad how to get them to a point you want? I was thinking of some sugar water or something and then with a remote control shoot when a fly is there but I wouldn't know if its in focus.

    Any ideas and techniques or book recommendations are really appreciated (and the C & C)

    //F
     

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  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Your DOF question is best answered by learning the effects of DOF. For example, you're going to have a certain focal distance when you shoot at say 2.8 versus 4. Aside from the obvious effects on your shutter speed at 2.8 (this is calculated using my camera but your lens) your near and far limits will change and your total hyper focal distance will also change (this all seems obvious). Therefore, if you want the frog in focus, or more of it, you have to figure out what your DOF would be at the fstop you're shooting at.

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    On a side note, yummy. ;) That's a great looking lens. What camera is it on?
     
  3. flosseR thread starter macrumors 6502a

    flosseR

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    Hi

    Thanks for the info so quickly.
    to answer your question, it's on a D90, so it should be nearly identical with the D300.

    //F
     
  4. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    It's almost impossible to get an object as large as a frog in complete focus, particularly if the frog is larger than an inch. You *might* be able to do so if you take the picture of the frog from the side, but a head-on shot will give you a focused pair of eyes but little else.

    That depends on the type of insect you want to take pictures of. Bees and flies (maybe butterflies) will come if you put out sugar water or honey, but the best way to find bugs is just walk around a grassy area. If there's a particular bug you'd like to take pictures of, then you might try looking it up and seeing how you can increase your chances of finding it and getting a good shot. I'd be glad to help :)
     
  5. flosseR thread starter macrumors 6502a

    flosseR

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    thanks

    Hey dllavaneras, I'd be very interested in your help. but in order not to clubber this forum, what would you prefer for communication? Also I would be really interested in knowing how long it took you to get this shot: http://skotak.deviantart.com/art/Nectar-Trumpet-73666058 and how many attempts :)? were there extension tubes involved or was it just your 100mm?

    Cheers,

    //F
    PS: in the cold dark north where I live, getting bugs to come out takes about 6 months and then they are out for about 3 months before they disappear again so now is the time...
     

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