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Babylonia



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:48 pm    Post subject: Hello from The Netherlands Reply with quote

Hello,

I want to introduce myself. My name is Leon but use Babylonia as user-name. I am from Holland (The Netherlands). I am interested in the backgrounds of macro photography, specially for the technical resources I have found within this forum and the network of photographers with knowledge of it.

Short history of me.
I worked as a photographer for many years, within the field of advertising, product and industrial photography. Worked with film formats from 35mm up to 4x5 inch and 8x10 inch. Digital experience starting from 1993 and up. Later switched more into portrait and school picture photography. For medical reasons I am retired more or less, and only do some occasional work. Want to spend time in reorganising my old picture stuff and digitise much of my old film material, not by scanning but by taking pictures of it. And maybe want to do some little technical table top photography (if my health and energy is not taking to much of it).

Got a Nikon PB-4 bellows (by the tilt / shift possibilities) and several enlarger lenses, as they are better suited for tilt / shift settings, flat field and short distance. The manual work-flow I like very much as it was my way of working in old film days using Sinar technical camera's and Mamiya 6x7 cm. Even using a digital DSLR now (Nikon D700), I do like using manual lenses.

Lately I got a Rodenstock APO Rodagon 105mm / f4.0, I have some questions about it. But that shall be my first (second) message within the proper forum section.
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Harold Gough



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello and welcome, Leon.

You will find this to be a huge resource of knowledge and experience and very friendly and supportive. (It is unclear if you have had a good look around here already).

You mention table top work. Is this your interest in macro or are you looking for wider scope?

As I write this many of the more active members will be asleep but will be online later. It is now first light here in the UK on a spring morning. Many members are finding the first wildlife subjects appearing in recent days.

Harold
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canonian



Joined: 31 Aug 2010
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Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harold Gough wrote:
... many of the more active members will be asleep but will be online later.

Wide awake now ! Smile Hello Léon, welcome to this great forum (Groeten van een forumlid uit Rotterdam)

It think this article will be of great help to your fungus problem:
http://www.4photos.de/camera-diy/glaspilz-apo-rodagon-50.html
There are other articles on fungus removal as well:
http://www.4photos.de/camera-diy/index-en.html

I'm looking forward seeing some of your work here.
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Babylonia



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harold Gough wrote:
(It is unclear if you have had a good look around here already).

Yes Harold, I found several specialists joining this forum with intense technical knowledge and experience.
This is the place to learn from, that is why I subscribed to this forum.
(E.g. the differences between Helicon Focus and Zerene Stacker software is of great value).

Harold Gough wrote:

You mention table top work. Is this your interest in macro or are you looking for wider scope?

I found really great pictures using stacking techniques of insects with high enlargements and have great respect of the photographers taking the energy and time to spend in it. Also the technical solutions build by some users themselves are in interest of me. But me myself I think am not that photographer going into the field catching micro-life. But the interests can grow, we will see.

My interests are to e.g. pictures of jewellery, watches and pictures of tiny high technical subjects. I will be using more longer focal length lenses like 105mm by tilt and shift options, maybe combined with some stacking. I own a bunch of enlarges lenses (more as a curiosity and collector) from 50mm to 300mm, but for DSLR the practical maximum is more like 150mm. E.g. some nice lenses, but not that practical (by the big mount, you can not mount it easily, you have to make self made solution for it, or use it on a Sinar technical camera or something).
http://www.fotograaf.cc/ftp/lens/Rodagon_3x.jpg
http://www.fotograaf.cc/ftp/lens/Rodagon_210mm_5.6.jpg
http://www.fotograaf.cc/ftp/lens/Rodagon_300mm_5.6.jpg

Further on I mentioned more early I want to digitise older film stuff.
So reproduction 1:1 and less, or by stitching several images that can be done by a Rodenstock Rodagon-D 1:1 75mm/4.0 (I have that lens).

I see coin pictures of members that has a hobby in collecting coins.
See: http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=92245&sid=7561066a6312a2086ca2fcece9086b24
as this Rodagon-D 1:1 75mm/4.0 seems to be a good option, also for my reproduction projects.
I found also interesting self made stuff in this regard:
http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15628&sid=4c8d0712ebeb1ce63699f0769ceb7fae
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello and welcome Leon,

Like yourself I am interested in backgrounds, mainly because although I have the ability to create and colour, gradient and zone, it's the actual aesthetic choosing of an appropriate and effective one that I find a stretch, not the mechanics. Fyi, I shoot into a smallHD field monitor which I've got set up to act as a parallel output from my PC. So literally I can make any graphic in photoshop - use an eyedropper from a single image if neccessary - and use that. All in all this is ok and works ok, not without its issues but a handy configurable tool.

If you come across good discussion on backgrounds, ie go complementary or Analogous or whatever, do tell, I'd be very interested.

Ps en groeten van een expat die nu al 30 jaar in Engeland woont =)
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Babylonia



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

canonian wrote:

It think this article will be of great help to your fungus problem:

Thanks to these (and other found messages) I already have cleaned up the problems.
See the response within the proper tread: http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=104705#104705
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