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Saturday, 2 May 2009
Wild flowering plant
Category: Macro World
I've seen this plant @ the road side all over Karnataka. I saw them again in full bloom near a field en route Melkote from Mandya. A search in google didnt help me to find out the name of this plant / flower. Does anyone know?

The pic is taken with the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro lens, set on a Manfrotto 728B digi tripod and timer triggered in Av mode, f/9, ISO-100 and partial metering for a 1/30s exposure.

Update: Preethu found out through Google that the name of this plant / flower is Scarlett Milkweed (with a scientific name Asclepias Curassavica)


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Friday, 3 July 2009 1:57 PM
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Lure of Gold
Category: Macro World

The amount of ads which come in news papers, etc for Akshaya Tritiya is a relatively new phenomenon. I was, infact, surprised to see the crowd in front of 'Malabar Gold', near Commercial Street, Bangalore. But, the next day I was in for a bigger surprise when TOI reported that the gold purchase for this years Akshaya Tritiya was low!

I tried out a new combination for this shot: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L life size macro lens and the Canon EF 2X extender combination, for twice life size macro shots. On my EOS 400D (with a 1.6X field of view crop), this is a magnification of about 3.2 times!

The lens was tripod mounted and I had to use manual focus (the 180mm, 2X converter has a maximum aperture of f/7.1 only and does not support auto focus). I used Av mode with a -2 EV exposure compensation for a 3.2s exposure @ ISO-100.

The picture is posted as is, without any crop. In case, any of you is wondering that I am super rich owning big chunks of gold, the jewellery in the pic is a thin gold chain, about a milli-meter wide!


Posted by usandeep at 9:22 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 28 April 2009 10:06 PM
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Thursday, 29 January 2009
Fizz is Out!
Category: Macro World

After seeing some pics from John & Gowtham using the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro lens I was so ashamed of myself :( I had this lens for quite some time now and John used it during our Skandagiri Trek for some amazing dew drop snaps. Gowtham & baught this lens recently and came up with some amazing snaps from the insect world which he shared with us. What was I doing with this lens all this while???

Sitting at home thinking about the same, I decided to use the lens more often for what its meant to be used ... for taking life size macros. Though, I have used the lens for a lot of other purposes (like portraits and even telephoto), macro shots never came up to my expectations. Anyways, with sun shining through the door, light was not much of an issue this time. I used Av mode as usual and a narrow shutter @ f/18. Coupled with a -1EV exposure compensation, camera picked up a 1/25s exposure. Ofcourse, I used a tripod for a steady shot.

With not so many pictures to post, I am now putting it here. Btw ... this is not fizz ... and I am not a fan of fizz drinks. Fizz is indeed out and fresh is in (so says a caption in Amul butter pack and I vehemently agree). If you are still wondering what this is, imagine Tropicana grape juice in a tall glass and some tiny bubbles at the sides! The lens was about 0.5m from the subject, slightly more than its closest focusing distance of 0.48m. At 180mm, it gives life size macro frames from that distance. The frame is only about a cm wide and cropped to remove some blemishes.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Friday, 6 February 2009 1:09 PM
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Monday, 22 December 2008
Butterflies @ Thusharagiri
Category: Macro World

We saw these butterflies on a visit to the Thusharagiri Waterfalls, near Chembukadavu, Kozhikode district, Kerala. Both the pictures are taken using the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens, handheld in Av mode, f/6.3, ISO-200, with a -2/3 exposure compensation for a 1/400s exposure. The butterflies were sitting right next to the waterfall and looked liked laying eggs:

This is one shot where I got all four butterflies in the same frame. Gowtham identified the blueish green ones as Blue Bottles and thought the yellow one may be a Common Emigrant. The pic had been cropped to about 2/3rd of the original size.

The 2nd pic, cropped to about 1/2 of the original size, is a closeup of one of the blue bottles and partially explains why I thought they were laying eggs (U have to look at its rear side). Gowtham says that this is not laying eggs, but excretting. Infact, the butterflies are ganged up here for an activity called puddling, where it takes in mineral and water.

Btw ... its almost 12'O clock now and let me wish everybody a great 2009. Happy new year!


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, 31 December 2008 11:57 PM
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Friday, 21 March 2008
On a rainy day...
Category: Macro World

Reflections on water droplets is something that I cant stop shooting :) Here are a few more pics on a rainy day in Bengaluru, from our office terrace!

The light was a li'l less, no tripod and I wanted a li'l higher DFO (f/6.3). Finally, resorted to ISO 800 for these pics. Av mode for 1/250s, using the EF-L 180mm macro lens.

More water drops and reflections in it :) Once again with the EF-L 180mm macro lens, high ISO (800) and higher DOF (f/8) @ Av mode for a 1/60s exposure.

The 3rd pic is water dropping from the ceiling. ISO-800, f/8 and 1/400s. Its highly cropped and focused more on the ceiling rather than the water drop. That should explain the sharpness.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2008 11:30 AM
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Sunday, 9 March 2008
Honey Bee and Dragon Fly from Wayanad!
Category: Macro World

These are a couple of macro pics I took during a trek trip to Edakkal caves and Meenmutty falls. One problem with both the pics is the excessive sunlight and the reflections, as if a flash was used :( All this while, I had found it tough to have enuf DOF to cover life size macro pics, now that I had enuf light to bump up the DOF, there are reflections! When will I learn to do it right :(

This honey bee was spotted at a shop next to the base of Edakkal caves. The shop keeper helped by pouring out the 'Sarbath' so that the bees come and sit on it. I used Av mode f/13 for this pic, to give me enuf DOF. Since, the bee was directly in sunlight, I still could manage 1/200s @ ISO-100. It was a dream come true, until I reviewed the pictures in the comp and spotted the reflections :(

The dragon fly was a large black one, spotted hovering around near the base of Meenmutty falls. I waited patiently for about 20 mins for this cutie to sit down and it finally did ... just a few seconds. Light was ample again and I used Av mode f/8 for a 1/125s exposure @ ISO-100. Finally, I guess the pic was slightly blurred and didnt have enuf details I'd have liked.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 11 March 2008 9:26 PM
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Saturday, 8 March 2008
Against the sun ...
Category: Macro World

The grass stem seen here is taken @ a paddy field near Maddur. I initially wanted sun's rays to come in the pic, but looks like the sun was too bright and I settled with the light @ one corner and the shine around my subject :) Btw .... the sun in this picture is not direct, but reflected from the paddy field!

The pics are taken with the EF-L 180mm macro lens@ almost life size. Av mode @ f/16, with 1/250s and 1/320s.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Monday, 10 March 2008 11:54 AM
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Wednesday, 5 March 2008
More life from Office terrace
Category: Macro World

These days I carry the camera to office (off MG Road, Bengaluru) almost all days and mostly end up taking it up to the terrace during breaks :) So, here are two pics taken during office breaks!

Pigeons are regular visitors to our office terrace and I'd been trying to get flying pigeons for a while now. Never mind, atleast I cud get a decent portrait :) Manual mode @ f/3.5, 1/400s and ISO-400. Did increase the color saturation using GIMP. I used manual mode and higher ISO only coz I was looking to shoot flying birds (pigeons and kites) and ended up with under/over exposed or motion blurred all the time. Finally, I decided to try manual mode with higher ISO and this pigeon came and sat right next to me! Though, he/she flew off quickly before I cud click, he/she did pose for a few minutes :)

 

There are a few trees in the apartment complex next to our office and the butterfly in the pic came and sat among the trees. Once again, I was in the middle of taking some other macro pics (which turned out horrible) and I ended up re-using the same settings before the butterfly flew off. ISO-200, f/3.5, Av mode and 1/200s.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, 6 March 2008 11:48 AM
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Friday, 22 February 2008
Plant life @ Office Cafe
Category: Macro World

 Posting after a three week hiatus. Pics from my office cafeteria. EF-L 180mm macro lens @ f/3.5 Av mode.


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, 23 February 2008 12:58 AM
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Saturday, 2 February 2008
Leaf buds from Thirunelli
Category: Macro World

These pics are from my Thirunelli Brahmagiri trek, taken with the EF-L 180mm @ f/3.5 Av mode. I should have used a slightly higher DOF for the 2nd pic, with or without a tripod, but was running out of time and could not try it!

 

 


Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Monday, 25 February 2008 4:44 PM
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