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Old March 27th, 2007, 11:41 AM   #1
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Macro in the backyard- 2 videos

I shot this with my Sony HDR-HC3 with my Sigma 180 lens set up . It is a little shakey because it was windy and I was shooting on a tiny beanbag.
http://lucasberg.com/home/index.php?...d=36&Itemid=27
And this one was from the day before but I tried using no extra lens and only digital zoom but the quality is not as good but there is more action.
http://lucasberg.com/home/index.php?...d=35&Itemid=27
And for those who cant view WMV's
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lucasberg Super Macro 3 & Jumpers

Macro videos are fun but hard
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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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Hi Joey,

Excellent subjects you have there! The mag rate in #1 is excellent but the DOF is lacking. What aperture were you using here? I would stop down a little and add some light if possible to lift the picture up a little.

The action in #2 is good but the mag rates are a little small (as you have mentioned). The subject is also a tad too centred in almost all the compositions. Try to get it off-center with looking/breathing space for it.

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Old March 30th, 2007, 11:42 PM   #3
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Joey,

the footage on the house fly was really crystal!! Yeo is right about the depth of field, particularly on the spider. The cadis fly was not nearly as clear and i would have like to see it better.

As they say, practice makes perfect!!! I enjoyed the clip, thank you for sharing it.

I find I get so focused on the image i often forget about basic composition principles!!! eg. composition of 1/3's, directional space and so forth.
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Old April 1st, 2007, 01:06 PM   #4
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Im not sure how I can get more DOF , My camera doesn't have any manual control of Shutter speed or apature. I have tried to stop down the SLR lens Im putting infront but then the corners get dark. I think I may need to get a better camera with manual controls.

Thanks for the tips guys !

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Old April 2nd, 2007, 12:20 AM   #5
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Joey,

If that is the case, either get a camera with manual controls OR add light to the scene. The camera will automatically close the iris down a little thus you have increased DOF.

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Old April 5th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #6
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Wow, my kids loved it. I think I'd like to try and film a few bugs too. There's a woods and a pond behind our house. What do I need to get started if I have a sonyvx1000 and a canon hv20? And where's a good place to buy it?
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Old April 5th, 2007, 01:55 PM   #7
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Use your HV-20 so I can check out the footage. You can just use the minimum focus distance and get really close or a macro mode if your camera has it. Or if you have some SLR len's you play with those. If you have a 50mm you can reverse it .

There are 2 pics on my video set up here
http://www.pbase.com/jra111/macro
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