Photography Competition #45: MACRO

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Howdy!

The next topic is : MACRO. I know we've already done this subject, but it's been I think at least a year so we're due for a second round for all the newcomers. Be creative!.

Rules: This is strictly a photography contest! No photo chopping, but contrast, brightness, levels and other minor touch-ups (healing tool will be allowed for film and print scans). Please avoid any text on the photograph, except at most a copyright statement, remember distractions like text can take away from the composition. Digital and film photography are both allowed. Only one submission per user will be allowed.

You MUST have taken the image yourself.

Max size dimension: 640px (including border)
Max file size: 150kb
File name: Please name your entry the same as your user name (or as close to as possible if your user name has characters that are not allowed in file names)
(Please ensure your entry meets the above before entering your image)

Length: Competition closes Wednesday December 17, 2008

Voting lasts five days after close of competition.
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I'll Headline this.
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So a macro contest means basically to get up close and personal with something and take a picture right?
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Given that its a photography contest yep!
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:lol:

Oh well, any promises i made in that last photograph comp poll page are now null and void. Sorry.
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OK I'll start it off.
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Good start. If i can find one of my lenses then i'm definitely going to take part in this.
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Oh, by the way as a FYI for those who have DSLR cameras and not a Macro lens. You can take macro shots without a macro lens by simply removing a lens and rotating the lens the opposite way around so the part you connect to the camera is facing outwards and the glass lens is being held right to the camera body.

In order to focus you simply move closer or go further back from the object.

Worth giving it a shot if you feel you cannot take any Macro photographs for this comp due to lack of equipment.
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Nice work guys. Looks like its going to be another good one.
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Thanks for that tip SB, I am one of those people without the macro lenses. I am going to try your trick for sure.
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Anyone have access to a microscope ?
That could make for some really cool photos too.

I'm looking for a magnifying glass or some other way to jerry rig my camera because my point-n-shoot cameras "macro" mode is pretty sad compared to what I've seen so far. :D
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Ok, I'm in......... first when I saw the subject I thought no point, all my macros are boring flowers... I mean beautiful, but not exciting enough for a comp..... then I remembered these winter seeds - I always really liked this shot :D Great entries this far - hope there are more to come!!!

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You guys are brilliant, I would have never ever in a million years gotten the idea of holding a second lens in front of my camera or flipping the lens around backwards.
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Beautiful celandine!
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Yeah, stunning shot Celadine.

Gonna go search for my Macro lens right now. If i fail to find it i'll use my previously mentioned flip lens technique.
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joebert wrote:
I'm looking for a magnifying glass or some other way to jerry rig my camera because my point-n-shoot cameras "macro" mode is pretty sad compared to what I've seen so far. :D

I shot mine with a little old point-n-shoot :D
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Not the best possible entry, but until i can think of something a bit more creative this will do for now...

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Assneck should capture a video of me crying now! I've wanted a Marshall amp for like the last 30 years. *sniff* *sniff*
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I might have to go head to head with SB and mimic his shot 'scept with my ampeg rig.
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kc0tma wrote:
I might have to go head to head with SB and mimic his shot 'scept with my ampeg rig.


With the technique i taught you? I am up for this Ozzu war! :lol:
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ooh thank you thank you :D

this is getting pretty hot....... I have to try the lens flipping thing at some point too - it just sounds so cool!!!
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2SB good works!
what using? Xara?
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Gertruman wrote:
2SB good works!
what using? Xara?

What?
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Gertruman wrote:
2SB good works!
what using? Xara?

What?


Think he meant to type it as "To SB, Good work! What you using? Xara?"

If i am correct then i believe you mean the computer program Xara. I never used that. The only time i used any digital image manip software was to add the border around it and the software used was good old Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Thanks for the compliment.
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Also, no chat speak here ;)

Once I get my camera, I will try to come up with something for this...
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You have 3 more days.
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SB wrote:
You have 3 more days.

I know. I wish I had more time though ...

I already have an idea... I just need my camera :bouncingsmile:
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Just got back from shooting my fiance's brother's wedding. Had I not been in the middle of nowhere without internet access I would have uploaded my sport entry (had an absolutely fantastic idea), but alas, here's my macro:

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First wedding, for what it's worth :)
The bride was adamant that there be no flowers at the entire wedding, so I plucked a feather off her bouquet (everything was flowers/crystals/wintery) and did this. Pretty sure she'll love it :D
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Seriously, this is going to be a pain in the back side deciding which to vote for. This has to be about one of the best comps we've had in a while.
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Man I need to remember to get in on this one. I have the perfect shot I'll post when I get home tonight.
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whoa, nice one neksus :D but then your entries always are.....
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Aw thanks celandine! Your entry is stellar!
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Hoping graphixboy gets in on time too.

These are all really good entries folks. One thing that I'm seeing is that we are seeming to be encouraging each other to not only take better photos, but also many seem to be stepping out of the box a bit.

However with that said, I think that I'm going to alter this topic title, and eliminate the part two part. I just looked over all of the competitions and there never was a "macro" photography competition. If there was I'm seriously blind. The closest I believe we got to a macro comp was a "texture" comp, which I don't classify as a macro comp per se.

Now this part I would like for everyone that has entered this competition to take with a grain of salt and with learning in mind. I want it to be known that I love every entry and every entry is really good. And I think the more we do this the better we are getting. However, I think I'd like to recommend that after this comp, there be another macro comp in the near future.

There is a difference between macro and closeups. I'm not suggesting that any of these entries be not considered because they are all so good. But there are a couple entries that are closeups and not macros.

Consider the wiki definition and scroll down for examples of macros
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macro_photography

Here's a pretty good article on Macro with some tips.
http://photo.net/learn/macro/

I'm only posting this so we all learn and improve. Not to put a damper on anyone's entry. That's why I'm saying lets do it again and do it better.
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ATNO/TW wrote:
There is a difference between macro and closeups.


Wikipedia wrote:
Macro photography is close-up photography.


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And also...
http://photo.net/learn/macro/ wrote:
Taking close-up pictures of small things is called "macro photography."


What's the difference ATNO???


Sweet graphixboy... that is totally freaking awesome. You got my vote so far :iconthumbright:
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Well bogey what graphixboy just did was show you macro. All of the photos submitted are really close. Some are just closer than others or more apropriately some are just more macro than others.

And I think that's part of my point.
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The classical definition is that the image projected on the "film plane" (i.e., film or a digital sensor) is close to the same size as the subject. On 35 mm film (for example), the lens is typically optimized to focus sharply on a small area approaching the size of the film frame. Most 35mm format macro lenses achieve at least 1:2, that is to say, the image on the film is 1/2 the size of the object being photographed. Many 35mm macro lenses are 1:1, meaning the image on the film is the same size as the object being photographed. Another important distinction is that lenses designed for macro are usually at their sharpest at macro focus distances and are not quite as sharp at other focus distances.


Point in case, look at only the first page of this google result for macro photography and then check the google image results for close-up photography

They are "close" but there is a significant difference between macro and close-up.

Predominantly it's the lens used, the focal plane/focal point and how close you actually are. For example I was approximately 1/4 inch from the chess knight that I took. Hence my focal plane was extremely narrow.

//btw graphixboy, that is frigging awesome!
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Ahhh! Understood ATNO. Thanks for taking your time to explain all this.


I guess my submittion would be a close-up since I have a regular camcorder and not those fancy cameras with changeable lenses...

I'm hoping to get one someday :)
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I will say one thing for sure. Regardless of how I or anyone wants to define or interpret macro, every danged entry in this comp rocks. I also think it's going to be another very difficult one to vote on. There is really good quality in every photo submitted in this one.
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I think you may be regarding my entry as close-up which i can appreciate. I would add though that regardless of the entry being closer the image is also enlarged quite considerably and while i am not magnifying it as much as others the photo is still macro.

I used a macro lens on the macro setting to get the shot and had i not used a macro lens on this shot the quality wouldn't have been nearly as good as it was. It would have been considerably out of focus (and not have the depth of field).

I see your point though.
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Actually no SB. Yours met the definition of macro quite well.
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Bogey wrote:
Sweet graphixboy... that is totally freaking awesome. You got my vote so far :iconthumbright:
Cool thanks. That shot pretty much sums up my memories of a very cool place in Costa Rica.

Anyway since we're having this discussion, those of us with DSLRs really benefit from having the correct lens for a job (macro in this case). I know lens collections get really spendy if you just want to learn to use something or just have a specialty project, but most camera shops have a few rental lenses and I've rented from RentGlass.com. It sounds like we might do this comp again soon so I'd highly recommend getting your hands on a decent macro lens and seeing what a difference it makes. Just my $0.02
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Fine...lol
The ring picture is still 1:1, but I think I would qualify it as a close-up instead of macro.
If you want macro...:
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neksus wrote:
Fine...lol
The ring picture is still 1:1, but I think I would qualify it as a close-up instead of macro.
If you want macro...:


Well, all said and done, I really enjoyed the ring picture, but now we're talking! THAT is a MACRO! lol awesome shot!

// there was a time early on I thought I'd have a chance for at least a few votes in this competition, but not any more. There's just too many good photos this time!
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I actually still like the Knight :)
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Here's mine. I don't know how it would do but...

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hehe
Nice shout out to your work on the boxes!
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Neksus, i think that's more of a close-up and not macro.

;) :lol:
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I think we could safely accept all entries this time though - they are all "close" enough. neksus, can we assume yours is the moth and not the rings?
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Would loved to have seen someone here submit an entry with the lens flip technique i was talking about. I've done it before so i know what to expect, but it's nice to see what other people could do with this. Did anyone try it?
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awesome entries WOW. Today is last day (EST) keep em coming guys!
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Would loved to have seen someone here submit an entry with the lens flip technique i was talking about. I've done it before so i know what to expect, but it's nice to see what other people could do with this. Did anyone try it?


Just for you craig, I gave it a quick go with a 50mm lens inverted. The camera I'm using is a Kodak Z650. This is the "eye" from my chess night entry. Essentially the lens was 1/8 inch away. Definitely need a steady hand with that technique. (this is not my entry although it's definitely more "macro" than my official entry). I used the built in macro capability of my camera for the official version. Only way I could get that close was the flipped lens. Pretty cool trick and worth remembering.
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Yeah, focus wasn't great there but it's something you get the hang of after practice.

Thanks for sharing.
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My late entry. I know SB won't be surprised that it is a cat picture. :lol:

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You sing the same songs every day Labrego.
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Labrego must be campaigning for my vote, it was just a day or two ago that I fell in love with ATNO's calico cat.

Seriously, this is going to be the hardest one to vote for since I've been around. Excellence all across the board!
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You sing the same songs every day Labrego.


I am not sure if that reply has some sarcasm on it, if it has I don't understand it *lol

It's ok, I do sing the same songs every time if you say so, sorry to bother you.

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Labrego must be campaigning for my vote, it was just a day or two ago that I fell in love with ATNO's calico cat.


I love calico and siamese cats
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Never take my posts as a dig or sarcastic criticism. I swear someday i'm gonna have to write a "understanding SB" instruction manual.

You know i love your car photos Luis! :lol:
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Never take my posts as a dig or sarcastic criticism. I swear someday i'm gonna have to write a "understanding SB" instruction manual.

You know i love your car photos Luis! :lol:


It's ok mate, I guess you are right and I should change my tune :wink:
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The inverted lens technique takes a bit of practice - the only way to focus is by moving farther/closer to your subject. It's quite nice though - it has severely limited field of depth.
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I used the inverted lens trick for mine. I've heard of it before, but never tried it until SB mentioned it.

I think I should have spent some more time on mine after having seen the other entries. :(
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Without a background to help bring it into scale, the effect is somewhat lost. Here's a great example from a friend of mine:

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This is actually a miniature model of a house.
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That reminds me of those episodes of CSI where the girl made the models of all the crime scenes.
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That reminds me of that cool photo-editing trick we had a comp on to make a real photo look like a miniature model.
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ATNO/TW wrote:
That reminds me of that cool photo-editing trick we had a comp on to make a real photo look like a miniature model.


I assume you guys are talking about "Tilt-Shift" Photography. Here's a pretty cool example but using video.
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graphixboy wrote:
I assume you guys are talking about "Tilt-Shift" Photography. Here's a pretty cool example but using video.


Yup.
competitions/photo-manipulation-competition-real-imagined-t86327.html

Awesome videos!
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Thanks for all the entries guys. Neksus, I'm going to assume your official entry was your first one. Look for the polls soon.
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I thought neksus switched his entry to the actual macro shot.

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