Re: The Weekly Close Up...15/2009...POST YOURS
Sorry I haven't replied sooner but I haven't been on the forums much.
Ill see if I can't answer a few questions.
F stop is alway up around f 22 ( f 11 since Im using a EC 20)
I use a SRF-11 Oly ring flash on the 50mm set up. My own foam ring flash on the 35mm.
I use a mono pod cocked forward to control back and forth movement or go it hand held.
working distance is usually a few inches on the 50mm and 1 inch on the 35mm.
I rarely use AF, instead I set the focus to the spot I want and rock back and forth a bit to get just what I want in focus. I do this with the shutter half pressed so as soon as I get what I want the shot is fast.
On windy days or with maoving bugs, I use fast shutter speeds but these leave the BG dark as there is nothing for the flash to bounce off of. On calm days, I lower the speed to allow the ambient light in brightening the BG.
I use the natural settings on both the 330 and E 3 and adjust in Oly master after. This means a small bit of saturation and contrast. I do sharpen 1 click of sharpness, maybe 2 if needed. I also add 1 click after resizing to compensate.
I dont really feel the 50mm is all that much sharper than the 35mm. More contrasty yes but the ability of the 35 mm to remain sharp and retain detail while on the EC 20 and at f 22 is simply amazing. Especially for the price, it is the best bang for the buck in the line up.
That's all I can think of right now. Getting that close to live insects is different for each person and each bug too.
Hope it helps, look forward to some images from you soon.