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Offline Last Active May 16 2022 10:26 AM

#78233 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 01 April 2022 - 08:34 AM

I'm wondering how to add a pic..
IMG 20220330 182800 edit 627093504384519 resized 20220330 062845294
I'm just seeing if this works.. ok yes it does.. yay

These are the files I used. Took me quite a while.. But it's done..

Thanks you gentlemen!

#78230 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 01 April 2022 - 07:57 AM

Well, it took some time, but it is fitted.

I had some bits in my nail kit that worked a treat, though it did take a good while.  


Augh.. Why can't I add a small pic.. What's the secret.. grrr

#78214 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 30 March 2022 - 08:57 AM

Take things slow, as a retired gunsmith I always advise against small hand held power tools for such operations. Possibly a nail file is an acceptable tool to use, but please use it by hand and go slow, checking your work as you go.

Yes, that is good advice, I probably would have ruined the eye piece using the powered drill.

I appreciate your input.


I will report back when my task is completed.  :D

#76635 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 08 January 2022 - 10:40 PM

Love this lens




#76631 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 08 January 2022 - 06:27 PM

I found if I followed the link to the first picture, following the left arrow revieled the latest picture.

Think the dark background is an improvement.

I agree.. the black is better.. but it seems it is sharper too.. Do you think so or?

#76629 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 08 January 2022 - 04:49 PM

Can't see your latest pic Tracy.

Augh.. I know. I put it up flickr like the first one and it kept saying something about incorrect fileformat/location.. something. So ?I put it up on my site, but it's showing a broken like now.



Let me try this:


#76626 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 08 January 2022 - 03:32 PM

Macro photography has got to be one of the hardest genres to get a high successful rate to start with, I've always had a interest in it, but when I first got into photography (around 45 years ago) it was near impossible to even think about trying with a rangefinder with a 40mm lens, after I got my first SLR, I saved up for a macro zoom lens, although not a true 1:1 macro, it did the job, but success rate wasn't brilliant, just keep trying, and at least these days you haven't got to waist film trying to get the images perfect, these days I'm using a proper 1:1 macro lens, (Sigma 105) and a ring flashlight (Nissin MF-18) with that set up I'm probably getting around 90% success rate.

Just keep trying, and read or watch YouTube videos, you'll get there eventually...


Augh.. I remember film, not so fondly. I had gone on holiday to the south of France in my early 20's. I had a praktica film camera.. I had used it great up until that point. We'd stopped in a little very french village.. oh it was beautiful. Neede some pics from here to look back on in years to come. Put a new 36 reel in and off I went..

We left and continued om our travels. A few miles on and we stopped again so I'm taking new pics, 35, 36, 37, 38, huh? 39, 40, oh no. 41, 42... I gingerly opened the back of the camera and there sat the film, not wound on.. I was gutted...

Sort of put me off photography all together.. Until I bought a Sony Alpha (my first digital camera).. Happened to see something about macro photography, a little bit of research and I also bought the Sigma 105. What a great lens that is.. It needs repairing, but sigma says it to old to repair, I guess if I could have got that lens repaired I would not have bought the Nikon D5600...

Anyway, I'm having a good time trying to figure it out. Youtube has a plethora of macro videos.. I'm taking it all in..


Thanks for the replies guys



#76625 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 08 January 2022 - 03:09 PM

I've been trying again with the moss.. I'm sure this one is better.. What do you think?



I did Macro with a Canon F1n film camera years ago, used a constant light source, good tripod, cable release, and sometimes a bellows between the camera and lens. Now with Nikon DSLRs I haven't gotten around to getting a bellows yet and the only close up/Macro I've done has been hand held close ups to this point, no excuse, I have a good tripod, and remote release, a 90mm Tamron f2.8 AF Macro lens as well as several size adapter rings to mount lens to lens, (a trick Peter-Merco_61 showed me) but simply haven't put much into practice yet. 


This taken with my D750 and Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1 at f10 hand held  1/250 ISO 1,000.



I love this pic... This is what I hope do be doing in the spring/summer, So I've got some time to try and figure this whole thing out.

#76467 Saying hello from North Wales

Posted by Rocatah on 29 December 2021 - 01:52 PM


I have dabbled in photography for 30 years or more, but never seriously. I've just recently treated myself to a D5600, and so far so good. I've always loved macro photography, and have been watching many youtube videos.. And I'm thoroughly impressed. So on the way back from the shop I grabbed myself a clump of moss.

I must have taken over 100 shots, I'd say 80% were deleted on first view. after looking at the rest at 100%, it seems they are blur. When looking at them in PS or LR they seem pretty sharp.. but alas.. I might need new eyes :(


This is one of the better pics.. I had to make it a lot smaller due to 20mb size upload limit.. (it was 153mb) 😯


If anyone can give me any tips..






Oh camera was on a tabletop tripod