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Caterpillar Rollercoaster



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p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz December 08, 2014
Really beautiful work!!! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist.:)
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 May 21, 2015
Very cool.... Check out the one by mcampi

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Behind The Lens

Location
One of the best things about macro photography is that you don't need to travel far to find great subjects. This caterpillar was in my backyard garden!
Time
Taken in the early afternoon, with a strong sun that provided lots of light.
Lighting
The light from the sun was good in this case, and luckly I could move around the stem for the best results since those animal move really slowly and can't fly or run away. However, this is a rare case, usually you will need a flash because you might have your subject covered in shadows cast from bushes and trees around you or simply not enough light to be able to use a time short enough to really freeze the image and avoid camera shake. Another problem of macro photography is that you often have to close the diaphragm to have enough depth of field, hence even less light and more need to use a flash!
Equipment
A Nikon D90 with a 40mm f2.8G Macro.
Inspiration
The inspiration came from the rollercoasters that are actually shaped like a caterpillar, google it if you haven't seen one! The animal is the wagon and the stem is the rail, obviously!
Editing
Not really much, basic raw conversion in Camera Raw, some tone correction and noise reduction, plus a bit of clone tool to clean some spot.
In my camera bag
Usually to shoot macro I use the 40mm or a couple of old lens mounted backward with an adapter, it is kinda hard because you don't have any help from the camera (even the exposimeter doesn't work!), but it's also extremely cheap and you can get great results. Another usually important piece of equimpent is the flash, for the reasons I've said above. There are lots of various types of flash for macrophotography, but even the one that comes with your camera can work well if you use something as simple as a piece of paper as a diffuser.
Feedback
Patience. Macrophotography is one of the hardest genres to master. You will end up throwing away most of your photo because the subject moved away or because you moved ruining the composition, shaked the camera, missed the focus by a millimiter etc. You might even get out and not be able to find a a subject at all. To give you and idea, for every good macro photo I take usually at least 50 go straight to the junk! The only great advise I can give you is to perseverate and to keep your eyes open, a gret macro shot may be 10 meter from your house, but only if you are ready to catch it!

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