So.. my first macro butterfly series... can't wait til I have a MAC!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by amelsen, May 1, 2009.

  1. amelsen macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Hi folks,

    Alright.. so up until now.. I've been a pure PC owner... and some days ago, I ordered my very first Mac.... a brand new iMac 2.93 with the 4850 card in... can't WAIT!!!!

    Anyways.. I'm a very passionated hobby photographer, and the style I'm really in love with is macro photography...

    Here's my first butterfly series in 2009... all the same species, so some of the pictures probably seems quite repetitive =)

    Click on the pictures for options for better resolution....







    .. And finally.. a rapid shot series that shows a 'tongue' movement =)


    For the geeky folks among us, I can tell you that I used the following gear for the pictures:

    Canon EOS 40D
    Canon Speedlite 580ex II
    Sigma 150mm F/2.8 EX APO MACRO DG
    Stofen Omnibounce diffuser
    DIY macro flash bracket =)


    EDIT: Oh btw.. I know there's dustspots in the pictures.. damnit.. didnt get my sensor cleaned before shooting these.. first macro pictures of the year.. And I'm too lazy to clone them out of the photos......
  2. platypus63 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    Zanzibar Land
    Wow those are great. Up close and personal! I've never seen a butterfly in that much detail. Do you have a flickr page or something with more macro shots?
  3. skinnylegs macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2006
    San Diego
    Simply incredible. Outstanding work. I seriously think you have found your vocation.
  4. amelsen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2009
  5. joe.cavers macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    Seriously dude, agreeing with the guys above, those are some AMAZING shots! Congrats on your new mac!

  6. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    How did you not scare the butterfly away? And do you have any photos of it farther away so we can see the wings? :)
  7. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."

    Personally, I think your pics BUG me... :eek:

  8. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    Some lovely work - although your sensor could do with a clean! ;)

    Does the 150mm get you THAT close or did you use an extension tube or anything?
  9. amelsen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Bertpalmer - thats precisely what I wrote in the bottom of my first post in the thread =) It _has_ been cleaned now though...

    And no extension tubes.. those pictures are all just around 1:1 macro...

    As for not scaring them away.. it takes patience... butterflies and dragonflies are both a bit of a pain in the ass to shoot, because they are so sensitive to your movement.. but with patience and enough practice, you eventually get a hang of how fast you can move towards a critter =)

    Thanks everyone =)
  10. Ninja Guidan macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2005
    Ugh...gross. That looks like giant butterflies are coming for us. :D

    Seriously though, very nice.
  11. JayRob macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2009
    Southern California, Moreno Valley
    great pics, that's some nasty tongue action going on there
  12. Renderz macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2004

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