This picture, my first attempt at this macro stuff, was taken late one October afternoon in the back garden which by this time was in shade from the house.|
The picture was taken on Fujichrome Velvia (RPV) using one of my trusty Minolta SRTs (not exactly state of the art but they do the job) and scanned using a Minolta Dimâge Scan Speed.
A 28-70mm macro zoom with 2x converter and extension tubes was used on the Minolta. This, under the prevailing light, made a slow shutter speed and wide aperture necessary. There was a light, but fluky breeze at the time which required carefull anticipation to capture the subject without blur from movement or being drifted out of the depth of field.
I now have a true macro lens and have been experimenting with an old 300mm Tamron prime and a 55mm standard Rokkor face to face. This combination promises almost microscope effects (some vignetting is anticipated). This latter has been achieved not by the usual method of reversing rings but by a bespoke clamp ring (kindly made by a brother-in-law, to my specifications, who has facilities to do such things, thanks Dave) to join a pair of existing Cokin filter system rings.