MINI CHALLENGE #113~Close ups or Macros

JAGJAG PhotomaniacWasilla, AKSuper Moderators Posts: 7,550 moderator
edited January 18, 2011 in The Dgrin Challenges
I will be out of town for a couple weeks so this one will go for just over two weeks. From now till January 18th, 2011 at 8 am AST.

The theme is Close ups or Macros. Show your best 3 images of anything that is close up or macros if you have the lenses for it. I am looking for clear images preferably with some bokeh or good DOF showing. Also if you know what lens you used please list it and whether you cropped to get close or not.

Official MINI Challenge rules can be found at this LINK
Here are some examples, I do have stack macro rings but do not have decent examples to show you yet...

this is considered a close up taken with an kit lens (18-55mm) and cropped...
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again another close up that was taken with a 55-200mm lens and cropped...
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taken with a nikon 55-200mm lens and cropped
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  • Bend The LightBend The Light Bend The Light Registered Users Posts: 1,887 Major grins
    edited December 27, 2010
    Mine...

    1. 50mm on 30mm of macro tube on Canon 400d. Oil on Water
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    Oil on Water 7 by Bend The Light, on Flickr

    2. Almost positive this was an M42 135mm f2.8 on 50mm of extension tube. Lucky (?) catch...
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    Bee on take off by Bend The Light, on Flickr

    3. definitely the 135mm on 50mm of extension tube, this one. Icicle melting is about 5mm wide at the tip...
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    Freeze or Flow framed by Bend The Light, on Flickr
  • aj986saj986s Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,098 Major grins
    edited December 27, 2010
    ^^ Wow.....what an opening salvo. bowdown.gif

    I like this challenge. I've wanted to explore more macro work, and this is a great incentive. thumb.gif
    Tony P.
    Canon 50D, 30D and Digital Rebel (plus some old friends - FTB and AE1)
    Long-time amateur.....wishing for more time to play
    Autocross and Track junkie
    tonyp.smugmug.com
  • Bend The LightBend The Light Bend The Light Registered Users Posts: 1,887 Major grins
    edited December 27, 2010
    aj986s wrote: »
    ^^ Wow.....what an opening salvo. bowdown.gif

    I like this challenge. I've wanted to explore more macro work, and this is a great incentive. thumb.gif

    Thank you (that's if you're referring to me, not JAG's samples?). rolleyes1.gif

    It's good to know that the work is seen as good when it's produced with very cheap, basic kit. I'd love a MPE-65 (I think it's called?) or something - but money says no! :)
  • senorjaxsenorjax Major grins Registered Users Posts: 298 Major grins
    edited December 27, 2010
    Well, I have no idea what two of my shots are going to be but it looks like bees are cheap today so I'll go ahead and post the first one now. I believe it was taken with 20mm of extension tube on a Nikon 17-55. Natural light only.

    1059650981_UgAhG-L.jpg
    Jay
  • SimpsonBrothersSimpsonBrothers Hobbyist Registered Users Posts: 1,079 Major grins
    edited December 28, 2010
    Dinner Time
    50mm w/extension tubes
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    Hang on
    50mm w/extension tubes
    886514313_is2WZ-L-2.jpg

    That snail keeps looking at me
    50mm w/extension tubes
    879346189_AiWA4-L-1.jpg
  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,098 Major grins
    edited December 28, 2010
    Nice theme for a challenge! Here are 3 of my favorite macro images:

    1. New Zealand Tea Tree. These blooms on this shrub are quite small (around 8-12mm). I used my 50mm macro lens for this one. It is not cropped and has very little post-editing.
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    2. Some of my daughters beads. This was the first time I ever tried to use an extension tube with my 50mm lens. I wish I'd thought to include a ruler in this shot to really show how small these beads really are.
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    3. Dogwood Blossoms, also shot with my 50mm macro lens.
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    Sherry
  • sherstonesherstone ½ here Vancouver Island, BC., CanadaRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 2,356 Major grins
    edited December 28, 2010
    For sharing only please.
    All shot with extension tubes. I do not currently own a dedicated macro lens. ne_nau.gif

    Kiwi
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    Dandy curls
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    Chocolate rose glow
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    Thanks JAG for the fun theme!
  • Bend The LightBend The Light Bend The Light Registered Users Posts: 1,887 Major grins
    edited December 29, 2010
    That's a beautiful rose, Sherstone. Love the colours...makes a different rose than the usual reds and yellows, eh?
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESRegistered Users Posts: 7,993 Major grins
    edited December 29, 2010
    butt er fly
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESRegistered Users Posts: 7,993 Major grins
    edited December 29, 2010
    jwear wrote: »
    butt er fly


    flower
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESRegistered Users Posts: 7,993 Major grins
    edited December 29, 2010
    jwear wrote: »
    flower


    bird
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • sherstonesherstone ½ here Vancouver Island, BC., CanadaRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 2,356 Major grins
    edited December 30, 2010
    That's a beautiful rose, Sherstone. Love the colours...makes a different rose than the usual reds and yellows, eh?

    Thanks, it actually is a white rose but the way the light lit it, made the colors like chocolate in the center.
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Registered Users Posts: 3,116 Major grins
    edited December 31, 2010
    1)
    The Lounge Lizard (50mm from a Canon 50mm 2.5 macro)
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    2)
    Butterfly (pixel bender plugin) (400mm from a Canon 100-400)
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    3)
    Star Light (80mm from a Canon 28-105)
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    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • clickin girlclickin girl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 278 Major grins
    edited December 31, 2010
    Well I just joined here yesterday but I thought I would jump right in. Still learning my way around so I hope I did this right! Here are mine:

    1. The Dragonfly
    Canon Digital Rebel XT, 18-55mm


    875325493_WbVBt-M.jpg


    2. Manny
    Canon Digital Rebel XT, 18-55mm, slightly cropped

    875279056_aXeSD-M.jpg


    3. Ladybugs
    Canon Digital Rebel XT, 18-55mm, slight crop

    1142741595_ueHqh-M.jpg

    TFL!
  • cjmchchcjmchch Kiwi to the core Registered Users Posts: 222 Major grins
    edited December 31, 2010
    There are some lovely shots amongst these. I'm waiting for some extension tubes to arrive so I can try my hand at some.
    Canon - Manfrotto - Pocketwizard - Sekonic - Westcott - Hoya - Singh Ray

    http://chrismckayphotography.com
  • WhatSheSawWhatSheSaw Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,221 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    I love close-ups! I really need a macro lens! :D

    #1 Peekaboo
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    #2 Thaw
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    #3 Trumpets
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  • 80weeks80weeks Big grins Registered Users Posts: 97 Big grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    Nice theme!
    All taken with Tamron 90mm macro, no cropping.
    1) Ice
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    2) Butterfly
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    3) Tulip
    1028111574_3xwqq-L.jpg
  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Registered Users Posts: 571 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    276361160_TnNor-200x200.jpg

    detail on this is so soft and luxurious... beautiful.
  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Registered Users Posts: 571 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    #1 Peekaboo
    1022818472_Kt4by-200x200.jpg

    Very nice!
  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Registered Users Posts: 571 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    2. Manny
    Canon Digital Rebel XT, 18-55mm, slightly cropped

    875279056_aXeSD-200x200.jpg


    Very nice! I like the vignette.
  • WhatSheSawWhatSheSaw Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,221 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    Froch wrote: »
    #1 Peekaboo
    1022818472_Kt4by-200x200.jpg

    Very nice!

    Thanks! I'm really happy with it. She wasn't sure what to make of the camera. I chased her for about 10 minutes. I don't know if I'll ever sell it - not many people want to hang a picture of a spider on their wall. :D
  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Registered Users Posts: 571 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    WhatSheSaw wrote: »
    Thanks! I'm really happy with it. She wasn't sure what to make of the camera. I chased her for about 10 minutes. I don't know if I'll ever sell it - not many people want to hang a picture of a spider on their wall. :D

    I think it's definitely got sale potential. I'm not a insect macro guy, but it's these type shots, along with ChasingSky's mantis shot that have this unique perspective or composition that puts it in a new class and makes me look.
  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Registered Users Posts: 571 Major grins
    edited January 2, 2011
    Chocolate rose glow
    1140036414_HcLt8-200x200.jpg

    Beautiful. I love the flow and the translucency. Very nice.
  • clickin girlclickin girl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 278 Major grins
    edited January 5, 2011
    Froch, Thanks so much for the very kind comment. I really like this shot because when I look at it it makes me smile. He was just peeking over at me from my little boy's swingset and appeared very curious as to what I was doing.
  • aliencoderaliencoder Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 2 Beginner grinner
    edited January 9, 2011
    Mini Challenge #113 is: "Close ups or Macro"
    This is the first time I enter a challenge, please let me know if I did something wrong. Comments, critique welcome ;-)

    1. Olympus E-500 with 35mm Zuiko Macro lens.

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    What do you want from me?

    2. Olympus E-500 with 35mm Zuiko Macro lens.

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    Last Chance for food

    3. Olympus E-500 with 40-150mm Zoom lens + Macro rings.
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    Morning Mist
  • konomaniackonomaniac Major grins Registered Users Posts: 335 Major grins
    edited January 9, 2011
    #1 Day Lillies - waiting to pop
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    Canon p&s in macro mode

    #2 The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree (and the squirrels know this :)
    5338344946_025d1e8eac.jpg
    Pentax K-x, Sigma 80-200 w/macro adapter

    #3 Winterberries
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    Pentax K-x, Tamron 28-105, lens refraction added in gimp
    --- Kono ---
    Pentax K-x and assorted lenses
  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited January 9, 2011
    Mini Challenge #113 Entries
    1. Here's Lookin' at You, Slug (Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS) Moderate crop

    1151712654_b4Mo4-L.jpg


    2. The Innocence of Youth (Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS) No crop

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    1. The Exhaustion of Age (Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS) Moderate crop

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    Bill Banning

    Check out billseye photos on SmugMug
  • sherstonesherstone ½ here Vancouver Island, BC., CanadaRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 2,356 Major grins
    edited January 9, 2011
    Froch wrote: »
    Chocolate rose glow
    Beautiful. I love the flow and the translucency. Very nice.

    thanks Froch!
  • oldtown_dreameroldtown_dreamer Major grins Registered Users Posts: 177 Major grins
    edited January 9, 2011
    this is the best i have to offer.


    it was taken with a sigma 28-80mm macro kit lens.
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    (no idea what this flower is called)
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  • KinkajouKinkajou Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,240 Major grins
    edited January 10, 2011
    1. Fresh Pasta
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    2. Cinnamon Buns
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    3. Rings
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    Spread the love! Go comment on something!
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