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Smoke Study 1 by JaSaAL
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First of all let me tell you these pictures look really good, the movement of the smoke has been superbly captured, and the focus looks...

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This looks an adorable place, great for taking pictures. You've made a good work, I love the colors a lot and how you've chosen the com...

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Great work on this, the redish colors of the trees contrast really well with the sky and it's refflection on the water, in fact it look...

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Macro Photography

GrotesqueDarling13 is a passionate artist from Detroit. Her gallery is not only full of great macros but also a lot of other pieces of art from various mediums such as photography, drawings, artisan crafts and more! In this interview we get to learn more about her passion for Macro photography...

1.- What is Macro for you?
    Macro to me is almost like stepping outside the world we see every day to really take in the worlds that are over looked more then they are seen. Its always an adventure, something beautiful is always waiting to be found.

2.- What made you decide to start Macro Photography? 
     I always found Macro to be interesting and so beautiful. I followed many Macro Photographers whose works inspired me to try it for myself. And when I finally did, I had fallen in love with it.

Day 208 of 365 Project by GrotesqueDarling13
The L o v e That We Share by GrotesqueDarling13

3.- What does your Photography gear consist of when taking Macro photographs?
    My gear hasn't changed much since I began shooting Macro, which I don't see as a bad thing. I have simply perfected my technique and it works wonderfully for me. I use a few stacked Macro Filters to achieve 90% of my Macro Photos, while the other 10% of my photos are achieved using extension tubes and my Sigma 70-300mm lens. I pull these two out for mainly insect and other bug Macros. Sigma is wonderful for bees in flight.

4.- Who are your favorite Macro Photographers on DA? And your favorite Macro photographs?
    I have a few Macro Photographers who I have been following for some time now, their works amaze me every single time they upload. They help me to make my work better, because I always feel inspired by theirs.
On the tips by pqphotography 
Night web by pqphotography

Distortions II by endprocess83 
Quartz by endprocess83

Fly - sp. unknown by Mendipman 
Seven-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata by Mendipman

5.- Which of your pictures are your favorites and why?
    I have my top 3 faves from my own Macro photos. And these 3 are my favorites because I can see how much I have grown as a Macro photographer with these shots and these shots show me I can do much more then I ever thought possible. I never thought I would come this far.

Crafted Ice by GrotesqueDarling13
This is my best snowflake photo- in my eyes, because of the details and scene. I have envied others Snowflake Macro and still do, but I didn't think I could take those sort of photos. I blew myself away. I always try, I know not to doubt now.

.go where the -d a y- takes us. by GrotesqueDarling13 
I still consider Insects to my biggest challenge, Macro wise. They are so tiny and are constantly moving. So this photo of a tiny colorful fly, I really am so proud of the details I managed to capture. I love the entire photo. I find it to be so calm with the colors and such. A complete photo Nod

C o m e Alive With Me by GrotesqueDarling13
This remains one of my favorite water drop Macro photos, simply because of the set-up and how every day the set-up items were. That everything ended up working out from the background, the reflection in the drop, the colors, the details of the drop. Everything worked out better then I expected.

6.- Finally, is there any advice you could share with us on how to start with this kind of Photography?
    My biggest advice is to have patience, be creative and to think out of the box. Macro is for sure a challenge, its not something that is easy to pick up. It takes time, practice and patience- like most things. But it really takes being creative and thinking out of the box, to turn something ordinary into something simply marvelous!! If you want to take Macro shots, you will. You just gotta keep at it, develop your own style and do your own thing!!

Getting started with Macro

Tue Aug 4, 2015, 3:13 AM by MarcosRodriguez:iconmarcosrodriguez:
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Macro Photography

So you want to shoot some fancy Macro pictures, and don't know where to start? There are quite a few ways to achieve a Macro photo, lets review some of them:

1) If you only have a point and shoot camera, you will probably have somewhere an icon of a flower, if you select it your camera will try to focus at the minimum distance it can. It won't be a macro photograph as the magnification won't be the right one, but it will be a close-up photograph, and with patience you'll get some really decent shots, that's how I started.

macro icon by MarcosRodriguez
Macro icon

2) If you have a DSLR with the kit lens that came with it then you have all you need to do Macro Photography. All you have to do is to remove the lens from your camera, turn it 180º and place the front element against the lens mount, and voilá, you instantly get a macro lens which will let you focus very close to your subjects. Of course you will have to focus manually by moving your camera backward and forward till you see the subject clearly focused. You can move the lever that controls the aperture with one finger to let more light come into your camera sensor. There are some kind of reversing rings which will allow you to screw your lens directly into your lens mount, you just have to buy the one that fits your lens' front element diameter.

aperture lever by MarcosRodriguez
This is the aperture lever of my 50mm 1.8


This is a little video on how to move the aperture lever with your finger


3) You have a DSLR, a lens and some spare budget, ok, then you have a couple options. You can buy a kit of close-up filters, they can be screwed into your lens and will magnify everything. 

Close up filters
Close Up filters

For a little bit more money you can also buy a kit of extension tubes. They are attached between your lens and your camera and will allow you to focus very close to your subject. They usually come in a kit of three tubes of different sizes that can be used individually or combined.


extension tubes by MarcosRodriguez

extension tubes by MarcosRodriguez
Extension tubes kit

4) Finally, if you have the budget, you can buy a Macro dedicated lens. These lenses will allow you to focus very close to your subjects, but will also work as a normal lens. Personally I own a Tamron 90mm, which is a nice lens that has helped me create some nice photos. There are a lot of other options in the market of course.

macro lens by MarcosRodriguez
Macro lens

All these different techniques can be also used in combination. I personally use my macro lens combined with an extension tube kit. This increases the magnification a lot, but it also makes the camera loose a lot of light so to compensate this I use an external flash.


Macro Spotlight Vol. 175

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 4:16 AM by MarcosRodriguez:iconmarcosrodriguez:

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Hi, my name is Marcos and I'm 35. I am the Macro Photography CV. I come from Spain and live in the wonderful land of Galicia. I discovered photography about 4 years ago, I try to learn as much as I can from all the great Deviants here.

My tools:
:bulletred:Nikon D600
:bulletred:Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8
:bulletred:Nikkor 50 mm f1.8
:bulletred:Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 DI Macro
:bulletred:Sigma EF-610 DG ST flash

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Macro Photography

GrotesqueDarling13 is a passionate artist from Detroit. Her gallery is not only full of great macros but also a lot of other pieces of art from various mediums such as photography, drawings, artisan crafts and more! In this interview we get to learn more about her passion for Macro photography...

1.- What is Macro for you?
    Macro to me is almost like stepping outside the world we see every day to really take in the worlds that are over looked more then they are seen. Its always an adventure, something beautiful is always waiting to be found.

2.- What made you decide to start Macro Photography? 
     I always found Macro to be interesting and so beautiful. I followed many Macro Photographers whose works inspired me to try it for myself. And when I finally did, I had fallen in love with it.

Day 208 of 365 Project by GrotesqueDarling13
The L o v e That We Share by GrotesqueDarling13

3.- What does your Photography gear consist of when taking Macro photographs?
    My gear hasn't changed much since I began shooting Macro, which I don't see as a bad thing. I have simply perfected my technique and it works wonderfully for me. I use a few stacked Macro Filters to achieve 90% of my Macro Photos, while the other 10% of my photos are achieved using extension tubes and my Sigma 70-300mm lens. I pull these two out for mainly insect and other bug Macros. Sigma is wonderful for bees in flight.

4.- Who are your favorite Macro Photographers on DA? And your favorite Macro photographs?
    I have a few Macro Photographers who I have been following for some time now, their works amaze me every single time they upload. They help me to make my work better, because I always feel inspired by theirs.
On the tips by pqphotography 
Night web by pqphotography

Distortions II by endprocess83 
Quartz by endprocess83

Fly - sp. unknown by Mendipman 
Seven-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata by Mendipman

5.- Which of your pictures are your favorites and why?
    I have my top 3 faves from my own Macro photos. And these 3 are my favorites because I can see how much I have grown as a Macro photographer with these shots and these shots show me I can do much more then I ever thought possible. I never thought I would come this far.

Crafted Ice by GrotesqueDarling13
This is my best snowflake photo- in my eyes, because of the details and scene. I have envied others Snowflake Macro and still do, but I didn't think I could take those sort of photos. I blew myself away. I always try, I know not to doubt now.

.go where the -d a y- takes us. by GrotesqueDarling13 
I still consider Insects to my biggest challenge, Macro wise. They are so tiny and are constantly moving. So this photo of a tiny colorful fly, I really am so proud of the details I managed to capture. I love the entire photo. I find it to be so calm with the colors and such. A complete photo Nod

C o m e Alive With Me by GrotesqueDarling13
This remains one of my favorite water drop Macro photos, simply because of the set-up and how every day the set-up items were. That everything ended up working out from the background, the reflection in the drop, the colors, the details of the drop. Everything worked out better then I expected.

6.- Finally, is there any advice you could share with us on how to start with this kind of Photography?
    My biggest advice is to have patience, be creative and to think out of the box. Macro is for sure a challenge, its not something that is easy to pick up. It takes time, practice and patience- like most things. But it really takes being creative and thinking out of the box, to turn something ordinary into something simply marvelous!! If you want to take Macro shots, you will. You just gotta keep at it, develop your own style and do your own thing!!

Getting started with Macro

Tue Aug 4, 2015, 3:13 AM by MarcosRodriguez:iconmarcosrodriguez:
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Macro Photography

So you want to shoot some fancy Macro pictures, and don't know where to start? There are quite a few ways to achieve a Macro photo, lets review some of them:

1) If you only have a point and shoot camera, you will probably have somewhere an icon of a flower, if you select it your camera will try to focus at the minimum distance it can. It won't be a macro photograph as the magnification won't be the right one, but it will be a close-up photograph, and with patience you'll get some really decent shots, that's how I started.

macro icon by MarcosRodriguez
Macro icon

2) If you have a DSLR with the kit lens that came with it then you have all you need to do Macro Photography. All you have to do is to remove the lens from your camera, turn it 180º and place the front element against the lens mount, and voilá, you instantly get a macro lens which will let you focus very close to your subjects. Of course you will have to focus manually by moving your camera backward and forward till you see the subject clearly focused. You can move the lever that controls the aperture with one finger to let more light come into your camera sensor. There are some kind of reversing rings which will allow you to screw your lens directly into your lens mount, you just have to buy the one that fits your lens' front element diameter.

aperture lever by MarcosRodriguez
This is the aperture lever of my 50mm 1.8


This is a little video on how to move the aperture lever with your finger


3) You have a DSLR, a lens and some spare budget, ok, then you have a couple options. You can buy a kit of close-up filters, they can be screwed into your lens and will magnify everything. 

Close up filters
Close Up filters

For a little bit more money you can also buy a kit of extension tubes. They are attached between your lens and your camera and will allow you to focus very close to your subject. They usually come in a kit of three tubes of different sizes that can be used individually or combined.


extension tubes by MarcosRodriguez

extension tubes by MarcosRodriguez
Extension tubes kit

4) Finally, if you have the budget, you can buy a Macro dedicated lens. These lenses will allow you to focus very close to your subjects, but will also work as a normal lens. Personally I own a Tamron 90mm, which is a nice lens that has helped me create some nice photos. There are a lot of other options in the market of course.

macro lens by MarcosRodriguez
Macro lens

All these different techniques can be also used in combination. I personally use my macro lens combined with an extension tube kit. This increases the magnification a lot, but it also makes the camera loose a lot of light so to compensate this I use an external flash.


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Getting started with Macro

Mon Aug 3, 2015, 2:00 PM by MarcosRodriguez:iconmarcosrodriguez:
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Macro Photography

So you want to shoot some fancy Macro pictures, and don't know where to start? There are quite a few ways to achieve a Macro photo, lets review some of them:

1) If you only have a point and shoot camera, you will probably have somewhere an icon of a flower, if you select it your camera will try to focus at the minimum distance it can. It won't be a macro photograph as the magnification won't be the right one, but it will be a close-up photograph, and with patience you'll get some really decent shots, that's how I started.

macro icon by MarcosRodriguez
Macro icon

2) If you have a DSLR with the kit lens that came with it then you have all you need to do Macro Photography. All you have to do is to remove the lens from your camera, turn it 180º and place the front element against the lens mount, and voilá, you instantly get a macro lens which will let you focus very close to your subjects. Of course you will have to focus manually by moving your camera backward and forward till you see the subject clearly focused. You can move the lever that controls the aperture with one finger to let more light come into your camera sensor. There are some kind of reversing rings which will allow you to screw your lens directly into your lens mount, you just have to buy the one that fits your lens' front element diameter.

aperture lever by MarcosRodriguez
This is the aperture lever of my 50mm 1.8


This is a little video on how to move the aperture lever with your finger


3) You have a DSLR, a lens and some spare budget, ok, then you have a couple options. You can buy a kit of close-up filters, they can be screwed into your lens and will magnify everything. 

Close up filters
Close Up filters

For a little bit more money you can also buy a kit of extension tubes. They are attached between your lens and your camera and will allow you to focus very close to your subject. They usually come in a kit of three tubes of different sizes that can be used individually or combined.


extension tubes by MarcosRodriguez

extension tubes by MarcosRodriguez
Extension tubes kit

4) Finally, if you have the budget, you can buy a Macro dedicated lens. These lenses will allow you to focus very close to your subjects, but will also work as a normal lens. Personally I own a Tamron 90mm, which is a nice lens that has helped me create some nice photos. There are a lot of other options in the market of course.

macro lens by MarcosRodriguez
Macro lens

All these different techniques can be also used in combination. I personally use my macro lens combined with an extension tube kit. This increases the magnification a lot, but it also makes the camera loose a lot of light so to compensate this I use an external flash.


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JACAC Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
m u c h a s . g r a c i a s . Marcos . =)=)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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jeanbeanxoxo Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the :+fav:! :hug:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome!! :D
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Ikarusthefirst Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly for the fave, Marcos! c:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
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Just thanks, Marcos :handshake:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!! :D
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Dark-Indigo Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks 4 faving Forgotten...:)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome!! :D
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JACAC Featured By Owner 5 days ago
g r a c i a s . m y . f r i e n d . =)=)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
No hay de qué!! :hug:
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JACAC Featured By Owner 4 days ago
h a y . d e . t u d o . =)
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silber-englein Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Photographer
Belated thanks for faving my work! :hug:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!! :D
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JACAC Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
g r a c i a s . Marcos . =)=)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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JACAC Featured By Owner 6 days ago
=)=)
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FurrHammer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Marcos, many thanks for the DD feature - I'm blown away. Thanks for everything! :happybounce: Hug 
Gracias. :D (Big Grin) 
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!! You are welcome!! Just do me a favor, keep up the good work!! :D
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Thebit846 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving. :D
It means very much to me. :)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome! :D
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Thank you for the :+fav:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!! :D
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Mocris Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoaaaaaa Marcoooooos! I can´t believe what you did! I am speechless, overwhelmed, am jumping around, feel motivated, and.... I don´t know what to say. It´s incredible for me that you considered my photo  worth for a DD. Thank you so much for this special and wonderful day! :heart: :tighthug:
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