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Henk Wallays



Joined: 27 Aug 2008
Posts: 41
Location: Aalter, Belgium

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: New (Belgian) member Reply with quote

Hai,

I'm a new member and have just discovered this forum. Seems like I should have found this one much sooner. Taking pictures in nature is my way of getting the heat of a hectic job. In my free time I help to maintain & document some little nature - reserves here in Belgium and my pictures are also used as a documentation / inventory of these little reserves. For laready a while I prefer doing close up and macro's (in nature) and have been very impressed by some of the high magnifications some of you use. I would defenitely try out some of that too.

Until recently I was using an old Minolta 100 mm macro on my sony dslr (Alpha 350) on top of which I attached the Canon 500D converter offering me about something close to 2:1 . 99% of my shots are made handheld either by using the build in flash or the natural light ( I currently have on flash gun) . As such I work alot with higher ISO settings (400 ISO).

I have to admit I am jealous of the MPE65 of Canon , but a lot of minolta glass and lenses prevent me to skip the brand (however....)

To give and idea of what I do I include an image made with that setup , handheld at 1/160 sec aperture F8.



Through this site I hope to get some (better) insight in how you are working in order to improve my shots and maybe dive into some better background lighting and higher magnifications (even doing some studio work overhere ) . I would like to know more on that stacking software and microfotography...

I will now slowly rung through the archives ...
Glad to join in anyway...
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Mike B in OKlahoma



Joined: 04 Aug 2006
Posts: 1048
Location: Oklahoma City

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, Henk!

Different brands have different minor advantages, but super macro photography can be done with any of the major camera brands! There are ways to rig old manual focus lenses to get higher magnifications, many of the folks here do that and can advice you, or you can read about it in the archives.

In a year or so (heh) when you've exhausted the archives of this site, you can check out our old site at www.photomacrography1.net as well. Thanks to Rik's work, it is preserved and available for us to refer back to.

Again, welcome, and I'm glad this site is truly multinational.
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Ken Ramos



Joined: 27 Jul 2006
Posts: 7076
Location: lat=35.4005&lon=-81.9841

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard there Henk! Surprised Excellent post and not to worry over the equipment. What ever works I always say or try to say, until I look at some of the other posts and then browse my B & H Photo Catalog. Laughing

Again Welcome aboard! Very Happy
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rjlittlefield
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Joined: 01 Aug 2006
Posts: 19253
Location: Richland, Washington State, USA

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henk, let me add my "Welcome aboard!" Very Happy

Your picture in this post is very good, as is the one in the macro gallery. In this one, I particularly like the effect of backlight on the antennae. It makes them seem to "glow" in a very pleasing way.

I am also impressed that you got it so sharp at this scale and 1/160 second hand-held. Not easy! I'm looking forward to a lot more. Very Happy

--Rik
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Harold Gough



Joined: 09 Mar 2008
Posts: 5787
Location: Reading, Berkshire, England

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henk,

I too wished I had found the forum much sooner.

Your picture shows an excellent pair of subjects for clean lines and high impact colours. My personal preference is for smaller apertures and greater depth of field but I am in a minority.

Harold
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Cyclops



Joined: 05 Aug 2006
Posts: 2968
Location: North East of England

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Henk,great photo there! I used to have a minolta film camera,they made some fine lenses!
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rovebeetle



Joined: 22 May 2008
Posts: 308
Location: Vienna, Austria

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:02 am    Post subject: Re: New (Belgian) member Reply with quote

Another welcome!

Henk Wallays wrote:
Seems like I should have found this one much sooner.


Had the same thought when I joined not so long ago.

Cheers
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Jbailey



Joined: 05 Jul 2008
Posts: 520
Location: Wisconsin, USA

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, Henk.

I'm sure you'll enjoy participating with the rest of us.

Jim
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P_T



Joined: 19 Jul 2008
Posts: 461
Location: Sydney, Australia

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Hank. I must say that is a very lovely image you've captured. The colours are really complementary.

I'm a new member here too though I've bookmarked this forum since 2 years ago. I don't know why I didn't join earlier. Shocked
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rjlittlefield
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Joined: 01 Aug 2006
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Location: Richland, Washington State, USA

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

P_T wrote:
I don't know why I didn't join earlier.

There's really no need to join unless you want to post or contact a member. All of the forum's resources are open to the public, except for the member list itself.

At present, we have about 100 really active members, if we define "really active" to mean 25 or more posts in the last two years. Another 280 people have registered, but never made even a single post. The remaining 100 have made 24 or fewer posts.

No doubt there are quite a few people who read the forum regularly, but have never felt the need to register.

--Rik

PS. Hello, y'all out there! You're very welcome to drop by whenever you like. We're glad you like the place! Very Happy
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AndrewC



Joined: 14 Feb 2008
Posts: 1436
Location: Belgium

PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Henk,

Whereabouts in Belgium are you ? I'm a transplant living in Brussels Smile

Andrew
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