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Tilting Macro Bellows — Field Test

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Following the test like previous post of homemade bellows, I took it to the park.

Setup was either Micro Nikkor 55 mm or Tamron 90 mm Macro on the bellows

which was mounted on Canon 5D  Mk-III.   And the most of the shots were taken

while the lens was tilted up to 30 degree. (Nikkor 55 mm = up to 20 degree,

Tamron 90 mm = up to 30 degree —– before the corner cut-off starts.)  

And as no F-aperture control, all the photos were taken with

fully open F-aperture.  (And hand held.)

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Photo above, Right photo, you may see something strange = why the back petal

was out of focus. —– Because the lens was tilted.

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Those photos were the too conspicuous demonstration of the tilting effect.  😀

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But those were a bit more subtle.

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And above left photo was made with Pan-focus effect and

the right was with Shallow-focus effect.

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Shallow focus with rather exaggerated out of focus Bokhe. 

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With the Bellows extension, the lense can give even larger close-up.

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There were a lots of Bees and Bumble Bees though, they were too busy.

This small black fly seemed to taking a rest.

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This Hovering Fly — right 2 photos, she was in the air hovering.

(I needed at least F5.6, not fully open 2.5)

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Looks quite  inconspicuous,  still this photo was benefited by the tilting effect.

—– Tilting the lens works well though, to have full benefit of it need to have it

from infinity, not just on the close-up = But to do it,

I need to make yet another Tilting SLR using DSLR body.   🙂



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  1. Steve Schwartzman said, on June 8, 2014 at 12:32

    Good for you that you managed to get a couple of pictures of a hover fly in the air. That’s where they spend a lot of their time (in fact a maddeningly large amount of their time), but I’ve never succeeded at photographing one until after it lands on a flower or plant.

    • yoshizen said, on June 8, 2014 at 13:32

      It seemed, like a Humming bird, she was licking a
      honey while her proboscis stretched. So that, technically one end of her body was fixed, and easier to take photo.
      (If the insect perched on top of stigma, honey is right under own legs, therefore she couldn’t lick !)
      May be I should Try and see was that a case. Thank you.

  2. elenacaravela said, on June 8, 2014 at 13:52

    These are all glorious images Yoshi!

  3. bentehaarstad said, on June 8, 2014 at 21:03

    Great macro, Yoshizen. You almost made me jalous, but I desided to just adore and enjoy, a lot!

    • yoshizen said, on June 8, 2014 at 21:17

      Thank you Bente. You know that sort of Macro owes
      mostly the good luck = when the insects and flowers happen to be there and smile at you, you have good day.

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