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*Using 400mm as a Macro-Lens*

*Using 400mm as a Macro-Lens*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-03 10:38
Viewed: 3966
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In case you do not have your macro-lens at hand,
you can always us a tele-lens. :-)

When I was at the Rhine for some duck-"hunting" a few days ago i
saw a couple nice blue flowers with some hoverflies on
them, of course i could not resist to take a few shots.

I guess the results could not have been very much
better with a different lens, and the nice thing is,
you can stay 3m away.


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 29.07.2009 08:35:23
Aufnahmemodus Blendenautomatik
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/400
Av (Blendenzahl) 10.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur +1/3
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 320
Objektiv EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Brennweite 400.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 2:Ein
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Ein
Tonwert Priorität 1:Möglich
Dateigröße 3020 KB
Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-03 10:46]

Very sharp macro and good colors too!

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-03 11:08]

Hi Thorsten . It just shows what can be done with any lens when in the right hands. This is a first clas close up of the brigthly coloured flower and sharp hoverflies. You have used the light so well which has given a bright picture all round. Well done TFS.

Hello Thors,

This is really a fantastic shot with beautiful colors, sharp & fine details. very well done & TFS.



Hi Thorsten,

an nice and claity shot from this flower and hooverflies.
Good details and fine warm colours.


Hallo Thorsten
Bravo for an absolutely beautiful macro with excellent sharpness and focus. A very eye-catching image with lots of great details. Especially the unopened flower buds and the finer features of the hoverflies is shown with great clarity. The colours in the image are a feast to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Technically this would not be a macro but a close up. Because it has to do with the magnification ratio. Anyway, the use of this lens for a close up like this is great and the result is extreemly wonderful. I love the light and the crisp look. The top down POV is very creative and gave the photo a special feel of depth.

hello Thorsten
super colored picture with good sharpness and very good details
great composition
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-03 12:16]

Hello Thorsten,
I love this flower, Cichorium intybus, and the two Hoverflies look lovely on it! A brilliant shot using your tele-lens! Excellent sharpness, natural colours and a fine composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-08-03 13:31]

Hi Thor,
Colors, focus, sharpness,POV, setting and details look very nice
Best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-03 14:34]

Slav Thorsten,
This is a wonderful capture with 400 mm lens.Fantastic colors and great composition with excellent sharpness and details.Thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-03 16:17]

Hi Thor,

A magnificent closeup of these two insects enjoying the beautiful flower. Details could not be sharper. Excellent colors of the two flies - I love the wings. The blue of the flower is marvelous and that too has wonderful details. A beautiful composition.


  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-08-04 1:09]

Hola amigo,
fina macro,
gran foco y colorido hermoso,
atractivo pov y cuadro,

This is an awesome shot, mate...I love how you've got both the insects in sharp focus...

Superb macro with a tele lens, Thorsten.
You are a magician with your equipment.
The two Hoverflies on the beautiful blue flower are is amazing focus. The colours are very rich and attractive.
TFS and regards.

Hello Thorsten
what a well composed and illuminated shot ! the details of this flower and the couple of Hoverflies are stunning, great POV from the top and i like the framing
Have a good night

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-08-06 10:29]

Hello Thorsen
Excellent closed up.Good POV and razor sharp image with excellent detail.Beautiful colors also
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-06 10:53]

Hello Thor,
I find that my 420 lens combination takes good macros with the advantage that one doesn't have to come close to the subject and the BG is usually good.
This fine capture of two Episyrphus balteatus on a Cicoria flower is superb with great sharpness and an excellent example of the use of a long lens for a macro.
Well done and thanks,
All the best,

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-08-12 12:03]

Hi again,

really a superb result from the tele lens, we'd use no macro if we could always do this :) but there's one difference I guess: it needs more light.. but if you manage it well like you did here then life gets easier :)

Best regards,

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