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johan



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:11 pm    Post subject: Having fun Reply with quote

Am enjoying myself immensely, every photo seems to make me stretch further to get better. The relaxing, cleaning and setting part of the process are still by far the hardest and most time consuming for me there is little useful practical info about this online. But, overall I'm getting there I think. It's most satisfying that there are so many parts to this, engineering, lighting & insect knowledge. This is a little sawfly I just did today with a reversed componon 35:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful, Johan. I've seen the large version on Flickr.
A nice and shiny specimen and a very clean shot.
You really get better and better with each shot.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto ! Very striking image
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johan



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both! It's been a good week =)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What ever you are doing is well forth the time. The results are amazing. Very clean. Well posted/composed. Great background.

CheerS!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent photography, Johan!

I just had a look at the large version on flickr. A great example of what can be achieved with the Componons.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay...thanks to Betty, I checked out your flickr page. WOW! I applaud you. 8 hours! And I thought I was nuts doing a 3 hour session with a weevil. Well, it shows. Congratulations. I better start investing more time if I want to get better at this.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both very much, I'm honoured! I'm enjoying macrophotog a lot, especially because there's so much to learn in its many parts, and people are really responding which is, I have to say, tremendously motivating.

I really do like Componons very much for their resolving power and sharpness at the right mag and the right price! But, I admit I do try to avoid their pentagonal bokeh, and I personally find the plastic protruding aperture adjust thing a bit awkward because I slide my diffuser over the lens. I decided on buying these because I found Enrico Savazzi's and Mark Goodman's advice online... great advice, thank you both!

May I also just say that 8 hours is more a reflection on my lack of competence rather than something that should be aspired to =). For me it's not the taking photos and onwards that eats the time, it's all the preparation, ie getting the thing looking right, at the right angle, vaguely clean. That's currently by far the biggest challenge, I suspect it will be for some time to come!

Thank you both again, your encouragement is sincerely appreciated =)
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