Wednesday, May 27, 2009

News - Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition liewwk series

Edited .. update 11th June 2009
it is some winning pictures show @http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/6/9/central/4062528&sec=central

We (gang of macro people) went to Genting 11-12th April 2009 for 2 days 1 night full shooting from morning till evening. And result had announce 2 days a go and nothing have won from the competition and would like to share my final submissions here to get some opinions from you all so I can improve further :D

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - battle have began
- shooting this with natural light and the fly in the picture add some point for me to choose it to be final submission
- i like the soft light for this
Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - battle have began

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - this is my lunch
- this guy is small while I shoot it ~3-4:1
- love this as it looking at my camera and i have the victim focus as well here
Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - this is my lunch

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - landing
- spend my time to learn how this guy land on each dry leaf
- after spend few try this is the outcome but too bad some part of the wing got crop
- some how I like this shot very much
Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - landing

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - symbol of "love"
- shoot this using burst mode + Natural light + handheld
- ~30 pictures shoot only 3 focus well
- 3 different BG but this Green one have my vote
Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - symbol of "love"

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - little 8 eyes fellow
- not sure why, i just like this :D
Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - little 8 eyes fellow

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - Robberfly - In Pey
- i got various angle of this Robberfly and cannot decide which is better so submit 2 of it :D
Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - Robberfly - In Pey

Genting Goes Green - Flora & Fauna Competition - Robberfly - In Pey


so please give me your comment so I can improve from here.. and really hope I will be free to go up to Genting on 1st June 2009 to view the winning pictures...

:(

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Review - How Tele-Convertor (TC) Affect IQ of MACRO pictures

I have tested this while I was SONY Alpha700 user but I didn't do any sharing because I do not have comparative but now is different where I can produce magnification produce by standard Macro len with CANON MPE-65 (which provide 1-5 times life size).

I am not here to review the lenses Image Quality (IQ) or Tele-convertor (TC) but just want to share how TC affect IQ which may help those want to do >1:1 macro without going for Extension tube (ET), close-up filter & Canon MPE-65 (all of these have limitations). e.g.

1. Extension tube - losing infinity focus when big bug found e.g. butterfly. ET have to be remove so to snap the Butterfly from far & full frame
2. Close-up filter - could affect IQ
3. Canon MPE-65 - expensive and only for CANON mount

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here are the testing results
All tests using below
- all pictures shooting using Aperture priority
- shoot in JPEG no RAW-JPG conversion
- @1x F16, @1.4x F13 & @2x F11
- focus on left eye
- no Post processing, all straight from camera

I. shoot with MPE-65, SIGMA150 + 1.4xTC & SIGMA150 + 2xTC at 1x/1 time life size
- size have been resize 50% @long size due to flickr do not allow 20MB single file upload


compare 1x-1


II. 100% crop for "MPE-65, SIGMA150 + 1.4xTC & SIGMA150 + 2xTC at 1x/1 time life size"
- no resize

compare 1x 100%crop

III. shoot with MPE-65, SIGMA150 + 1.4xTC & SIGMA150 + 2xTC at 1.4x/1.4 times life size
- size have been resize 50% @long size due to flickr do not allow 20MB single file upload

compare 1.4x-1

IV. 100% crop for "MPE-65, SIGMA150 + 1.4xTC & SIGMA150 + 2xTC at 1.4x/1.4 times life size"
- no resize

compare 1.4x 100%crop

V. shoot with MPE-65 & SIGMA150 + 2xTC at 2x/2 times life size
- size have been resize 50% @long size due to flickr do not allow 20MB single file upload

compare 2x-1

VI. 100% crop for "MPE-65 & SIGMA150 + 2xTC at 2x/2 times life size"
compare 2x 100%crop

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Here are my view
General
1. different TC affect color output as coating different
2. exposures will be different even aperture priority use with same exposure set

IQ - details of the object
1. it is expected where both 1.4x & 2x would lost details in all aspect (1x, 1.4x & 2x)
2. look at full size compare, pictures using 2x TC is softest compare to both MPE-65 & 1.4xTC . But details different is small enough to notice except 100% crop which show there is IQ drop but it will depend personal acceptable level.

so what do you see and think ? is it a good option ?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How I Shoot MACRO - Angle make different ...

I want to try this long ago but as we have been fix mind (some rule of photography, e.g. rule of 2/2 ... too center ... ) so we stop explore ourselves e.g share below

most of the ppl will shoot dragonflies as below angle just like book record purpose or make "wow factor" of the macro ...

some boring shots from me ...
8.1 Dragonfly

F2F...Dragonfly

8.4 dragonfly ...side videw ...


but I tried few different angle which make different feel e.g.

1. like float on air
8.4 dragonfly ... from top ...

2. from top it will give a look on it body details
Natural Lighting

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My very 1st try long exposure ...

i have my very 1st try on long exp >10s (for me)... it is fun to calculate the exposure .... i will share the formula if I found it correct :D here is my share

shooting details as below

Camera ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Shooting ModeBulb
Tv( Shutter Speed )73
Av( Aperture Value )16.0
Metering ModeEvaluative Metering
ISO Speed50
LensEF17-40mm f/4L USM
Focal Length17.0mm
White Balance ModeAuto
AF ModeManual focusing

My very 1st try long exposure ...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Natural Light Macro with MPE

After seeing sample from http://www.juzaforum.com/forum-en/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=6684 (natural light with MPE + high magnification) .. this is almost impossible without tripod :( ...

I decide have a try so mount MPE on camera body (which it have left out recently where sigma is almost permanent mount on my 5dm2)... to support the long exposure so decide to bring along my monopod. for start it just wouldn't work for those bug which is sensitive till I saw my belove robberfly which it normally stand at same spot even after fly off :D

keep trying for an hour with >30++ shots and these 2 are the only focus pictures

1. @1:1
1.13 Robberfly ... Natural Light with MPE @1:1


2. @~3.5:1
1.13 Robberfly ... Natural Light with MPE

and as usual movie for this guy ...
video

Sunday, May 3, 2009

8.3 Dragonfly ... cute little dragon

this little dragon (short and mini dragon which is only 10-12mm) found from stream area where it is dangerous where the wet mud will suck leg down

8.3 Dragonfly

8.3 Dragonfly

8.3 Dragonfly

video

for HD movie please view by click

http://www.flickr.com/photos/liewwk/3493243237/

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bird Series 10 - Crimson-winged Woodpecker

The Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

It can grow up to 10 in (25 cm) long. Its main diet is mainly insects and larvae. Its a bright and colorful bird that is hard to be mistaken.they are large members of the picus family. It's status is least concern.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimson-winged_Woodpecker

I am sharing a video of "how it make nest"

video

MACRO PP - 5 [clone, reflective body]

Beside Ninja Noise (nj), clone is one of the Photoshop (CS3/CS4) function that I use most...

All of my picture use nj to remove the noise because even @iso100 picture consist noise while zoom to 100% ....

another big challenge for macro shooter is sensor dust, so normally we use clone to remove the sensor dust .. ..

And I apply this clone technique to clone away the reflective portion of the object

1. open the file with other necessary PP (curve, crop ..... )



2. duplicate a layer



3. change the opacity of the layer to ~40-60% depend the natural look




4. then use the "clone" tool



5. clone those reflective area with adjacent area color.... and this is the sample outcome

un-clone picture
2.31 Beetle in Action ... original version

clone picture (final output)
2.31 Beetle in Action ... pp version
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