Flash or not Flash? Macro >1:1
- gerbilratz (3176)
- [2008-03-12 7:18]
very very nice piece of work, you have done well to accomplish this fine image...The use of flash has given you such a good image...I do not have a flash ring at present, so I have to make do with natural light and a flash gun, but this has convinced me this is the way forward....excellent work..TFS
Useful notes as well....
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-03-12 7:20]
You cannot be serious! Is this for real? Absolutely stunning. Unbelievably beautiful. The colours and detail is just WOW! It is like the glitter and shine of the decorations on a Christmas tree. I am really impressed and same time amazed. Thanks for the interesting information with regards to the use of the flash. Well done as always. Thanks for sharing. Said all the above, further I am speechless.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-03-12 7:56]
Wow! How small is this flower?! 1:1 macro! It must only be a couple of millimetres!
Very, very, very sharp with impeccable clarity and detail.
Nice composition as well.
I love the pale blue colouring.
Well done Alexei,
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2008-03-12 8:16]
flash or no flash, you already know my opinion. I use FILL-in flash for many shoots both for macros and even for birds because of the bad light we have here in the winter.
A balance with a FILL-in flash and the daylight can be very good but when you use full flash for macros, F22 and the shortest sync-time the pictures will like night-mode for day-living butterflies, with hard light, hard contrast and black BG, it's not nice.
About your photo; very nice light and colours, the exposure are excellent. Good sharpness with fine details.
Well composed with fine POV.
Well done, my friend.
- mariki (9477)
- [2008-03-12 8:23]
Very sharp picture of this flower. Very nice colours and texture reproduction. You could even capture a little insect (less than 2 mm if the flower is 4).
Very soft colours and a marvellous little flower make this picture very special. The decentred composition is great here. I'm not an adept of flash and I think if possible it is better to use natural light.
Have a nice evening
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-03-12 8:55]
This is stunning!!! The textures on the flower are amazing. It looks as though you have sprinkled stardust on it. Beautiful colors and wonderful details of the little flower and the luscious leaves.
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-03-12 9:01]
You are a macro photographer and use flash with enough skill to make the application of flash look natural, as if it were ambient light. Now you demonstrate that can also make excellent use of ambient light with this fine portrayal of a small blue flower with all the qualities of a good macro. Once again the availabilty of good light is the key.
To me this is just as successful as your flash shots and pleases me because I try to avoid flash as you know. However I have used it when there is no alternative.
Thanks for sharing this and raising a good question.
Best wishes, Ivan
Impressive macro of this tiny little flower that I'd guess is a Small Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis). I like the hairy leaves too and the fine soft background. I prefer the softer look that you get without using the flash although there are times when its good to use the fill-flash too. This is very well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla
- jcoowanitwong (13754)
- [2008-03-12 9:29]
Wonderful macro picture. Perfect technique to get this brilliant image. All fine details are well appreciated. Very well done and thanks for your informative note.
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-03-12 10:08]
HI HAVING TO STAY AT WORK LATE SO JUST A NOTE TO SAY GOOD PICTURE AND I WILL BE BACK .
- jignasi (27917)
- [2008-03-12 10:15]
Hola Alexei, espero que todo vaya bien. Un saludo.
Tu fotografía la veo sencilla y delicada, con unos detalles interesantes y bien captadas las texturas. Quizá algo subida de brillos o blanco en algunas zonas. La luz es excelente así como el encuadre.
- lousat (65489)
- [2008-03-12 10:26]
Hi Alex ,the pic is perfect,nt easy to take whit a flower so little.I like a lot your note and your differents attempt,very very interesting,have a nice day,Luciano
- Art_R (3892)
- [2008-03-12 10:52]
beautiful photo , the flower is gorgeous , and the extra bonus of the insect is great. very nice.
I am thankful for your notes as well , I have been considering a macro lens and was wondering if such attachments where compatible with them.
great photo , great info , thank you so much for sharing.
- Necipp (100)
- [2008-03-12 11:20]
Hello Alexei, amazing sharp detail of a beautifully composed flower. the dof is just perfect. The colour contrast stands out well. The bg blur is nice and smooth. Good work tfs Rgds Necip
- gracious (13068)
- [2008-03-12 11:54]
Thank you so much for the topic of flash and light that you shared with us and to learn for a better macro presentation! much appreciated for that!
this is a very fine macro image with 1:1 that we looks in every single details on the image! the flash really done a good job here!
great job well done
- matatur (5312)
- [2008-03-12 12:41]
A very good reproduction of this fine macro scene Alexei, both the flower and the small bug are within the very shallow DOF the lighting is perfect and there is even a pleasant OOF, but not so dark, BG. So it seems my friend, no strong flash illumination is necessary in such a fine take, eh?
- jazdzurka (1055)
- [2008-03-12 12:54]
Thank you for your picture. It is beautiful. Technically perfect.
But I want to thank you the most for your note. It was very informative for me and since I've read it I decided that I have to try taking macro shot with flash. I don't do this usually. So that's latest time to start.
Thanks for sharing
- cako (3395)
- [2008-03-12 13:31]
this si very lovely image
very naturel colors and sharp
- rdfoto (3295)
- [2008-03-12 14:18]
Superbe macro, excellente netteté et couleurs, très beau sujet, bien cadré et commentaire technique très interessant. Bravo
- Islander_ (1687)
- [2008-03-12 15:06]
You got it! Concerning the flash, it's just a tool like so many others. And it's up to you to decide when and how to use any tool from your toolobox - your are the master. Just learn them all to be ready...
- Jamesp (18906)
- [2008-03-12 15:49]
A lovely shot - excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail - almost a 3D effect. Well observed and captured.
- Mana (18598)
- [2008-03-12 19:11]
Outstanding shot of this beautiful flower with such lovely colours and immaculately sharp details. Superb management of natural lighting and expertly done exposure - your experiment was higely successful. Amazing education in light handling and control - it is such a huge lesson learnt today. A great DOF and a fine top POV to portray it makes the flower pop out. Very nicely composed. Kudos.
- arfer (0)
- [2008-03-12 21:02]
AMAZING! The clarity is exceptional,with razor sharp focus and detail.
The lighting is well handled with vibrant and rich colour.
Masterful camera work.
- fiyo (15161)
- [2008-03-12 22:48]
Excellent shot,great color & composition with excellent details within your DOF. Well done.TFS
- Dis. Ac. (24509)
- [2008-03-12 23:35]
I use no flash, i use natural light.
These flower is very sharp with much clarity details.
- mlines (3116)
- [2008-03-13 0:49]
Hi Alexei, This is a very fine piece of work by nature. This flower seems almost handmade with icing sugar coating. A wonderful plant to see on TN. TFS. Murray.
- Ena (2454)
- [2008-03-13 1:16]
Good details and composition!
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-03-13 3:17]
Hello Alexei, Lovely shot and excellent note. Great clarity and amazing composition.Ganesh
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2008-03-13 4:05]
Hello Alexei, nice macro shot, sharp image, very good exposure. Well done, thanks!
- K9madtex (1022)
- [2008-03-13 4:27]
This is a beautiful Macro Alexei. The flash really made this photo work. The flower is stunning. Great job.
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-03-13 7:00]
Hi Alex, beautiful flower with great details and excellent sharpness, splendid focus, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS great lesson about use of flash in your interesting note, you are right but I often prefer natural light:)
- PaulH (13882)
- [2008-03-13 8:39]
alot has been said already, but i have to add my own thoughts! I am sure that you know this is an incredible work of photography. Your technical skills are second to none my friend. What we have here is a perfect example of somebody who is completely at one with their camera. This to me is pretty much perfect macro photography.
- jeanpaul (14962)
- [2008-03-13 9:41]
Une excellente photo ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.
Merci et bravo...JP
- jhm (1853)
- [2008-03-13 10:42]
This is always the great discussion, flash or no flash, a lot people use a flash with the macro 100mm lens, I use this never but an Canon 5D have very a few light need.
But my friend Alexei, I'm no macro specialist, more a landscape photographer.
I try for macro photography and also birds in the nature with a 100-400mm lens, but this is not my speciality.
I find this picture very well, through the grains on the flower get we a specially effect, this is absolutely nice, but I don't know, as this the just methode for macro photography.
I read a lot very good reactions, this of specialists.
Very well done, thanks for sharing.
I found your notes interesting!
I don't have a flash ring but to be honest, I don't use my flash very often. I try with and without, usually preferring the without!
The detail on this tiny 4mm flower is quite amazing!
I can see minute golden droplets on the petals which resemble honey. Is that pollen?
The colours and the composition are excellent.
- horia (16656)
- [2008-03-14 2:26]
Another very interesting and terrific post from you!
You capture is indeed outstanding - especially considering the amazing magnification level and the fact that you were able to use such a small apperture with only natural light. I'm sure that the strong exposure compensation to the negative has helped you into getting that short shutter speed but you still benefited from a very beautiful sunny day that day.
The subject is lovely - very well focused on and spot-on exposed. I love its colors and the attention to details here.
Now for the question of with/without flash at macros, there will always be people that will say one way and other the other way :)
I think that it depends from case to case. And it doesn't only depend on the weather (sunny or cloudy) but also the positioning of the sun in the sky (if it produces strong shadows or not).
I can promise you one thing: this season i will join your experiments and also try all sorts of settings with my equipment and we can afterwards compare our details :)
Anyway, superbly done, my friend!
Bravo and TFS
- earthtraveler (3483)
- [2008-03-14 8:35]
You captured the fine details of this dainty flower so expertly. It couldn't be better. Fine job of composition also as well as lovely colors. Tfs and have a great weekend.
- izler (44)
- [2008-03-14 11:25]
hello my friend
successful micro capture of this beautiful and smallest flower via great technique and equipment
composition, POV, BG, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
- zumoduvas (2535)
- [2008-03-14 13:39]
Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.
You are a phenomenal man in many areas, and photography is one of them...Very nice and it goes straight to my blue Theme! Wonderful Alexi...if you were here I would buy you an ale...
- demeve (6165)
- [2008-03-14 22:58]
What a beauty! great macro, the colors and details are fantastic
Congratulations and very well done
- jmp (8415)
- [2008-03-15 1:21]
I admire your carefully approach to the photography! Someday I'll try to study your so well planned experiments in which you get an unquestionable results. In this so tiny flower you've got extreme datails and rich textures and a really aesthetic image.
TFS and best regads,
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-03-15 7:13]
It is your innovative approach to nature photography that lends your work a distinct charm and originality, Alexei. I have read your note with deep concentration, though I am all thumbs so far as the dynamics of light are concerned :-(!
This image of a blue flower you have shot with a cool and logical understanding of the prevailing conditions is just fantastic. The little bug within the frame matches with the part of the plant it is perched on in colour and this cluster of colour contrasts beautifully with the blue of the flower.
With that even and colourful BG, the entire composition turns into a work of art.
Thanks and best regards.
- saeedabbasi (5100)
- [2008-03-15 10:32]
Hi dear Alexei ,
What a nice macro.
wonderful composition and great focus.
BG and sharpness are excellent too.
Colours are amazing.
A perfect shot.
- cicindela (9226)
- [2008-03-15 10:32]
First of all - thank you very much for comment to my bat picture, and I am sorry for delay with writting this comment :)
This was really lovely dedication to women in their day! I really like to wish Ladies "all the best", so bravo for continuing this tradition! :)
According to techniqe and quality - as always I would be able to write many warm words, starting with DOF and details and ending to composition and light. But this time I wish simple words only with believing that it is better that repiting always the some ;) Dear Alexei - this macro picture is fantastic!!! And additional points for... small bug species! ;)
PS. I prefer to use flash taking macros, especially when I try to photograph insects :)
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2008-03-15 13:11]
fascinating handling of depth of field - those very precise petals, buds, and the bug in sparkling natural sunlight in front of a gradually soft and smooth background. Delightful colours, a perfect composition. Another wonderful high precision image, my dear Alexei - it is radiating with light and energy. Thank you!
My best regards,
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2008-03-15 15:14]
My "VERY" dear friend, Alexei,
It is a joy to "see" a flower.
It is still 0*C in Calgary; no flowers yet.
But Spring is on its way; the signs are in the air and in NATURE. "Our" birds are returning home.
I've made a HARD copy of your beautiful notes; and, if you permit me I'll copy the image into my personal files.
Very fond regards to you & your wife,
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-03-16 4:51]
This is an outstanding composition Alexei with incredible colors and details a reasult of your masterful camera work. Thank you for sharing.
- hester (11638)
- [2008-03-16 8:58]
I always like to read your notes with your experiments with photography. Beautiful sharp shot with fine details. DOF and POV are both spot on
- meyerd (7531)
- [2008-03-16 9:06]
highly interesting and instructive excursion on the use of flash and sun light for macros! Thanks for your effort to show us the ropes.
- pablominto (14563)
- [2008-03-16 10:15]
Delicate details in this little flower!
And the insect comes as a pleasant surprise on opening the image...
Sharp fine details in the macro work, great light renders attractive colours and a pleasant 3-D effect!
- Nilson (4423)
- [2008-03-16 10:28]
Belissima planta muito bem focado e com detalhes interessante meus parabéns.
This is brilliant Alexei! This little, tinny creature shines like a star! If I didn't know, I would say that you used flash for this one :) Details, compositio, colors and DOF are amazing. This is a work of art, nothing less :) Thanks,
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-03-16 15:31]
thanks to your critiques and good words
on my 150th posting ,
you did a superb macrophoto shot managing your camera
perfectly to get this lovely composition, beautiful colours
and excellent density of the colours and without burning
the highlights, it is a superb composition with a great DOF,
- angela926 (3083)
- [2008-03-16 15:37]
Veru beautiful macro shot, excellent composition and pov, superb sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid colors and fantastic clarity, good lighting and wonderful details.
- dB_grafix (3019)
- [2008-03-16 23:24]
I am impressed with this crisp and colourful flower.
I find your notes especially interesting.This image could be a painting, a fine print, as well as greeting cards. Brilliant work Alexei.
- SelenE (13972)
- [2008-03-17 8:01]
Colors, details, sharpness, focus,lighting and composition look so nice. TFS
- jesst (2441)
- [2008-03-17 10:55]
Amazing work Alex, I really like it!
- sayat (1457)
- [2008-03-17 11:51]
This is just marvelous! Amazing sharpness and a fantastic macro. There is a different world of macro in this universe and your shot clearly explores the beauty and the delicay of that. The insect is a fantastic addon to the perfect blue of the flower. Maybe a bit oversharp but fantastic!
Thanks for sharing.
- XOTAELE (8)
- [2008-03-17 13:36]
Un increíble trabajo.
Hermosos colores mnuy bien expuestos y maravillosas texturas.
Un cordial saludo, JL.
- marcin (2057)
- [2008-03-18 12:15]
Very sharp picture of this flower, wonderful macro,
Many thanks and regards
- rousettus (19818)
- [2008-03-20 3:30]
Hello dear friend Alexei
I dont know how disappeared my critique here. I re-write again. It is really super macro. I fallow your techniques pleasurely. This is a perfect result of them. Excellent sharp detail. Splendid coloration. Greatly composed. POV and notes also great. Thanks for sharing all of them. best wishes
- clnaef (6814)
- [2008-03-22 7:48]
Intéressant aspect granité du cliché.
- marmottelolo (14697)
- [2008-03-22 11:21]
j'adore la texture de la fleur et agalement sa couleurs.
le contraste est saisissant,bonne profondeur de champ.
- Juyona (16891)
- [2008-03-23 12:14]
precioso color y textura,
bellos matices y ambiente...
el insecto en foco :))
- sily (1934)
- [2008-03-24 10:06]
Beautiful microscopic and pearly details, it's just amazing how close this shot is and how perfect it's quality is, congrats Alex!
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-04-09 5:18]
This looks so real, my friend Alexei...I love the velvet-like look which i feel I can almost touch and feel...
And then there's the perfect light..
Very well done!
- TAZ (10926)
- [2008-04-21 4:09]
Hello my old friend,
This macro is master piece ! I like it ! Tones, sharpness on petals and DOF are great and give a good result. I read your excellent photographer's note and I find it interesting. In my case it is no flash for macro. But I can't add a ring flash because my Fuji has no plug ;-)
Congratulations Alexei and TFS,
- jusninasirun (14660)
- [2008-04-29 0:26]
Hello Alexei. Your flowers are as impressive as your butterflies. Stunning image and excellent texture. I like the lightness and detail of the shot in well silenced background. Well done and best regards. Jusni
- maurydv (36428)
- [2008-05-16 12:56]
Splendida macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e la composizione che creano un effetto tridimensionale, straordinaria nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Sicuramente l'aggiunta alla luce naturale del flash crea una piacevole luminosità e una bellissima brillantezza. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio
- extramundi (13178)
- [2008-05-19 13:50]
It has been quite a lot time since I last had a look at your gallery and I was very impressed, lovely photos achieved.
I chose this one because of the impressing magnification/quality ratio shown.
Excellent details merges observer into micro word, this kind of magnification is what I really like, not only looking at small details,but getting into micro word.
Congratulations and best regards, Felipe.
- Maite (5199)
- [2008-06-09 2:57]
Hello dear friend
You are right about the use of flash in conditions where the sunlight is not the more appropiate. Here the sun and your skill have made their work perfectly :)
Magnificent macro with splendid colors and details. Beautiful pic and superb job.