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Red passengers. Technique: Part VIII

Red passengers. Technique: Part VIII
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/32, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Macro Lessons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-15 6:40
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Equipment and Shot info:
Teleconverter: Kenko AF 2x TelePlus MC7 DG
Flash: Minolta Macro Ring Flash 1200 AF-N
Metering, flash, focusing modes: Manual
MR: ~ 2:1
Support: Hand held

Part VIII: Equipment.

19. Teleconverters (1.4x, 2x)

1. Proportional increasing of focal length of optic system, magnification ratio - MR (at constant distance to object) or distance to object (at constant MR)
2. Proportional reducing max. aperture value of optic system

– improvement of light conditions (see problem #3)
– improvement of terms of shooting (see problem #5)
– high optic quality (if manufactured by brands)
– light weight and small on size
– possibility of use with telelenses (great advantage)
– possibility of use macro lenses with and without teleconverter
Note: On main positive effects this solution is equivalent to the solution #4

– reduction of the DOF (see problem #1)
– deterioration of AF operating conditions – depends on total max. aperture value of optic system (see problem #4)
– additional expenditure

Conclusion #19:
Highly Recommended
Note: The lacks are more than compensated by advantages

20. Extension tubes

– increasing of MR (allowing to transform common lenses to macro optic system)
– inexpensive (in comparison with macro lenses)
– practically do not influence image quality (if manufactured by brands)

– significant reduction of the DOF (see problem #1)
– significant reduction of min. focusing distance (see problem #5)
Note: depends on lens focal length: at long focal length the min. focusing distance is rather acceptable (50 cm and above)
– deterioration of light conditions (see problem #3)
– deterioration of AF operating conditions or exclusion of capacity of AF work (depends on tubes construction)

Conclusion #20:
Recommended (if you have not macro lenses)

21. Macro converter (ex. Raynox DCR-250 (DCR-150))
Note: Use with telelenses only

– significant increasing of MR (allowing to transform common telelenses to macro optic system)
– very inexpensive (in comparison with macro lenses and extension tubes)
– great optic quality
– exclusively convenient (installs on a front lens by universal SnapOn adapter)
– very light and small on size
– possibility of use with SLR and compact zoom cameras

– very significant reduction of the DOF (see problem #1)
– very significant reduction of the focusing distance (see problem #5)
Note: Focusing distance is about 10 cm
– deterioration of light conditions (see problem #3)
– deterioration of AF operating conditions or exclusion of capacity of AF work

Conclusion #20:
Recommended (if you have not macro lens, have telelenses or compact zoom cameras)

The End (sight does not let down you) is follows.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To claudine: Heart thanksAlex99 1 02-27 14:21
To mrcrow: Additional equipment. Thanks a lotAlex99 1 02-18 04:59
mercimarmottelolo 1 02-16 10:42
To marmottelolo: Parasites ?!Alex99 1 02-15 14:03
To pvs: Step down ring adapter & ThanksAlex99 3 02-15 10:01
To Argus: Distance to ladybird. Thanks.Alex99 1 02-15 07:47
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Privet Alexei.
A very nice close-up work and very useful note. I see that I've similar equipment too (Without ring filash). You managed a very nice job. BRAVO!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-15 7:34]
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Hello Alexei,
This shot of a Ladybird is a fine demonstration in the use of very small aperture coupled with flash. You have excellent DOF and very good sharpness in this close macro. The POV and composition are also very good. The teleconverter has worked very well. How far away from the objective was the ladybird - about 10cm?
Nice work!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Dear Alexei,
a super macro of ultimate perfection - what a unique depth of field that is covering the whole bulky beetle! A perfect slightly frontal side approach brings us on eye level with the beetle and allows us to enter its microcosm incredibly closely. I love to see the fine hairs on the leaf's edge. You have placed focus with great skill and consideration to allow the gentle falloff in sharpness on the leaf that adds to a great depth within actually very short distances. Excellent equipment in the hands of a master of fine art photography. Congratulations!
With thanks, and my best regards,

Hi Alexei,
An excellent macro. Very sharp detail in this frame filling shot of the ladybird. Your fill flash exposure was great. Beautiful colors! I really like the intricate detail that shows here.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-15 8:08]
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Hi Alexei,

well captured macro with great colors and sharpness,well use of fillflash,I am searching for a ring flash or twin flash for use on my 200mm macrolens,however still not managed to find an adress where I can find the 72mm adapter ring needed,


Dramatic closeup of this very small subject Alexei. Your flash has filled well with excellent color and detail. Great POV & comp.
As you say and I agree, the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to teleconverter use. For the very small subject, there is no substitute :)
The only times I've employed the use of ext ring is in combination with the TC, for very small static subjects. It does require longer exposure times, TRIPOD, mirror lock, and wired remote to achieve the desired DOF of course. Your MFD is much closer than I experience. 15 CM is not much wiggle room..
Well done mf.

Hello Alexei,
This is very close. Look like the beetle is in front of your lens. Beautiful details and sharpness to appreciate. Very well done and tfs.

Privet Alexei,
Great POV and flash use to get this close approach!
I like so much all the clear and sharp details got.
The DOF used works pretty well to vanish the foreground and the texture of the leaf behind.
I think this is a very good presentation.
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

Hello Alexei,

well done, excllent colors Bg POV DOF perfect detail svery crisp nicly composed and captured photo well done

TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-15 9:03]

Grandiosa macro amigo mío con un montón de detalles de este tipo de insectos siempre difíciles de captar.
El uso de la amplia profundidad de campo colabora con el foco integral de la mariquita, pero permitiendo también la difusión del fondo.
A pesar del uso del flash es escaso el efecto de reflejo en este caso.
Mis mejores saludos y gracias por continuar el análisis de pro y contras que nos brindas.

Grandiose macro my friend with a heap of details of this type of insects always difficult to capture.
The use of the wide field depth collaborates with the integral focus of the ladybird, but also allowing the diffusion of the background.
In spite of use of the flash it is scarce the reflection effect in this case.
My best regards and thank you to continue the analysis of pro and contras that you offer us.

Hello Alexei
Very nice shot of ladybird,
Perfect composition and lighting,


Hi Alexei,
lovely macro shot with great detail and colours!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-15 9:40]

Priviet Alexei!

Great note and great amount of work to teach us more about macros. Good photo of common beetle, nice POV and colours. Maybe slightly unsharp in some areas. What are these strange red beings on ladybug body? They look like some kind of mites.

Back to your note - I recommend Raynox 250 for every compact cam owner. Now I can't imagine macro work without this fantastic lens, it makes HUGE difference.

Hi Alexei,
a very good macro-picture and a great note about macro-photographing.
Good details, nice colours and well composed.
Well done, mf

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-15 10:14]

Hi Alex
I guess that thus it happens when you have a halt at a buss-stop: they take you for a taxi... ;)
A wonderful close-up with wonderful colors and a perfect composition. I like it a lot.
Congrats and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

hi alexei,
impressive macro shot,
wellcomposed with nice pov,
well saturated colours,
good details shown,
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-15 11:05]

Privet Alexei,
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,details,lighting,sharpness and composition are excellent.

Very good lesson. And very good macro. Bravo. Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-15 11:26]

I have a weakness for ladybirds and to see one like this is great. I have not seen them with red mites on them before. Your info is a fascinating insight into macro photography... something I need to look at in the future, but for the tim ebeing at least, I have my mountains....


Hola Alexei,
Excelente macro aunque un poco justo de nitidez, el detalle, la luz y color son buenos. Saludos

Great macro, Alexei.
What sharp details and colours you have managed through your expertise in the field of optics!
I have always been curious about teleconverters and your workshop note gives a lot of answers to questions I have been wanting to ask.
Best regards,

Hi Alexei an Amazing closeup macro superb detail well timed with the aphid on its back very unusual perfect DOF and nice light tfs rgds Necip.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-15 12:53]

Hello Alex,
Whow, a super macro shot, the colours are great, I think that I see on the back of this little one another little insect. The whole image is so crisp and clear and wonderfull sharp.

bonjour alex
cette macro est vraiment excellente et vous note toujours tres instructives,même si ce n'est pas toujours evident a comprendre lorque l'on est obligé de traduire comme moi qui ne comprend pas beaucoup l'anglais.
je n'ai rien a dire sur cette tres bonne photo,mais j'aimerais savoir ce que sont les protuberence rouge sur le dessus de l'insecte?

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-15 14:11]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice close-up with great details and sharpness.
Nice composition and pov.
TFS Paula

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-15 15:30]

Hi Alexei

Another great experiment bringing the "passengers" into sharp focus. Excellent composition and lovely colour



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-15 15:31]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice macro by its details, warm colours and composition. Outstanding dof for such a short distance.
Best regards, José M.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-15 15:48]

Hello Alexei,
I like pictures which are perfect and additionally tell us something about nature - like your picture. The high magnification clearly shows the parasites on the ladybird. Focus, depth of field and sharpness are pretty good.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-15 16:03]

Hello Alexei,
this is interesting, and not only your lesson. I did not know that bugs carry bugs around with them. POV, details and sharpness are excellent.
Very well done.

ceci est une macro superbe, bon travail, netteté et détails parfait
extra, bravo et merci

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-15 16:42]

Brillante macro amigo, gran trabajo,
bellos detalles, magnífico uso del flash,
excelente trabajo, muchos saludos TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-15 18:12]

hello Alexei
another wonderful close-up working. i like composition, point of view, colours and details. furthermore successful using of flash, f value and lens

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-15 22:29]

Hello Alexei

A super macro of this ladybug.The details are perfect.The colours are natural and well saturated.The composition is lovely.Wow look at all the different textures.Super job.TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-16 5:01]

Perfect shot,Alexei!
Sharpness,details and colors are marvelous. Very well done. TFS

Bonjour Alexei
Très joli ce macro de cette belle petite coccinelle sur sa feuille verte qui fait bien ressortir ses couleurs, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs. Elle est très belle cette présentation.

Bravo et merci ....JP

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-16 14:38]

Hi Alex,
What a close shot to present this charming ladybug. It is the first time I see all these details of the head of this bug. Just amazing what you did achieve.
Best regards

Hi Alex, wonderful macro, splendid composition with great colors, thanks for your lesson abaut macro, are very useful, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

YES, Ok...

Very weel done. Excellent macro Alexei.
tfs. Stev

Hi dear Alexei ,
great image with excellent focus and great details.
wonderful colours and great sharpness.
very well captured.
thanks my dear friend.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-02-17 8:53]

Hello Alex,
An excellet macro of this ladybug and its passengers :-)
Nice vivid colours and excellent detail.
A great note with lots of useful info.
Superb work,TFS

hello alexei

i love the shot background amazing,deatail great all round great shot keep up the good work i look forward to seeing more of your images in time to come.

cant comment too much on your notes but they seem comprehensive
what i do like is this little fellow going about his business...
have you ever employed slave lighting for this type of shot..its a bit of extra gear but you can fire the main lamp via your low powered on camera flash and keep it far enough away to employ some diffusion..
good in studio work but should work on macro..just watch for shadows.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-17 13:52]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful macro work here.
I like the details and colors a lot.
Well done indeed.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-17 16:37]

Bonsoir Alexei
Très belle Macro et xcellent gestion de la luminosité avec le ring flash.
Bravo aussi pour les notes.
Amicalement Robi

Belle photo, cette coccinelle est superbe,les détails sont nets et claires,,les couleurs magnifiques,l' explication extra. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Alexei!
At first I have to say, that to take a good picture of small object is not easy. At secodn to take a good photo of a beetle is not easy :) And finally it is not easy to photograph a shiny small beetle - like this ladybird :)
Very good macro with nice details and interesting POV. I really would like to do such photo by myself :)

PS. Are there some Acari on the beetle?

Hello Alexei !
Another splendid shot from you ! There are amazing detailson your ladybug, even the small hairs on her face are sharp ! And the whole insect is in focus, very nice ! I also like the composition and the natural colors. Very well done !

A beautiful composition.
How do you get so very close to your subject?
So sharp too.
Very well done.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-23 12:00]

Hi again,Alexei.
What amazing very close-up I'm missed.This is excellent sharp shot.Details on ladybug are perfect (and with these red passengers!!).Very good composition,POV and DOF.Nice natural colors.
Superb done.Thanks!
Best greetings Milos

hi Alexei,
Another great photography lesson. The note is superb, as the wonderful and well focused macro. Details seen are incredible; the insect is very tiny!
Congratulations and thanks

Hello Alexei,
This is one of your famous macros and macro lessons, I like it and I don't understand how I can have missed it. Maybe it is not going too fast here on TN :) I love the brilliance on the insect, those great colors and details, composition and low POV. I had a quick look at your notes but I'll be honest with you, someday, I'll read them all again and make sure that I understand every single point that you mentioned :) This day, I might be able to post great macro shots :-) Thanks for those useful tips,

Hi there Alex,

What amazes me most about this shot is that a ladybird is around the size of my thumbnail and here in front of me it is about 6 inches long! Wonderful macro work. The detail is exceptional due to your excellent technique and aperture.

Very well done my friend


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-08 12:59]

Magnifique macro. Détail intéressant.
Bonne journée.

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-14 11:31]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent detail on the lady bug. Very sharp photo for a 2:1 RR handheld shot. Your exposure was a spot on.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-31 17:56]

Hello Alex,
As usually a masterpiece if information value is concerned. The image is also very nice hower with quite soft focus.
Anyway, overall a great job!
Best greetings,

Hello Alexei,
Soon it is time to photograph these little fellows again!
This is a fine piece of macro work, excellent details and attractive natural colours...
Presentation is well composed and with good lines!
Pablo -

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-05-24 22:41]

Hi Alexei. Masterful macro. This is bright and clear as crystal. I am beginning to get interested to try something like this. Excellent notes. TFS. Murray.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-12 2:00]

Alexei, Nice macro shot and I did one similar yday. Will post during week. Hope your fingers were not swollen by writing such a lovely long excellent note. Take care Ganesh D:Tmrw

Hi Alexei Alyokhin.
Muito boa essa foto.Esse tipo de inseto nao
e facil defotografar em macro.

Hallo Alexei,
a superb macro shot, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, very nice composition
Happy New Year to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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