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    Default Firey Brown Snatcher

    I've been playing about with a Nikon D70 with a 18-55mm zoom lense. Playing is the operative word here because I know very little about cameras.
    First thing I noticed is my compact camera can get much closer to the fly and up till now took a better picture.
    It has been fun trying to interpret the instruction manual and match it to advice given by Capt Fishey and Scratch, but I still do not know what I am doing. I shall persevere and hopefully gain some insight from the comments I invite about my latest photographic creation.

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Flee looks good and the photo is sharp.
    You need to get closer though, minimum focusing distance on that lens is about 1 foot; fill the frame or crop accordingly.
    Nice lighting too.

    Gary

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Nice fly and a good picture, could be a bit closer though

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Inspired by your comments, Gary and bro66, I have cropped my first photo.
    Well chuffed.
    As you say Gary, gap between lense and fly is about 12inches. I cannot get closer and stay in focus, hence cropping. It has been a steep learning curve I can assure you and many thanks for your input.

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Looking good mate.
    It is in truth not glory,nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting,but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with his life.(Declaration of Arbroath, 1320)

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Go back to the original size, it actually looked better from a distance.



    Just messing, looks really nice (and fishy), I'm sure the troots will love it!

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Fiery Brown? That's RED!

    Decent image though. The lighting is ok, it's in focus, and the size is now better. May I be so bold as to suggest cropping a little less tightly next time? Give the fly a little space.. but not too much.

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    Default Re: Firey Brown Snatcher

    Thanks for the kind words guys.
    I can see the fly needs room to breath as it were. I will remember that next time.
    As for the colour it does seem OTT. I used the macro setting and the instructions warned me that red and green clours may be a bit bright.

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    I use the same lens but got a set of close-up filters from ebay, not true macro I know however for not much more than a tenner & several days wait I can now get quite a few different size options.

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    Aye, essentially you are using a non-macro lens to try to take macro shots. That's why the compact is doing better - it has macro functionality, while your Nikon kit lens does not.

    Choice of five things you could do...

    As already suggested, crop out the dead space around the fly - effectively digital zoom. Reduces image quality, so you are better using the compact.

    Turn the lens round and mount it back to front. There is a thread describing doing this - called "macro lens for 5.50" or something - posted by that fishy character - you will get limited success with your Nikon lens if it doesn't have a manual aperture ring on it, but have a look anyway - you could look into getting a cheap old manual lens for the job.

    As Arkle suggested, try a set of close-up filters - like a monocle for your camera.

    Get an extension tube - either cheap ones (no electronics, so everything manual and limited success) or less cheap one (with electronics, so everything works OK).

    (There is another thread started by that fishy bloke comparing the results you get with close-up filters versus extension tubes and other stuff.)

    Buy a proper macro lens. This is the best option if you want to get into it seriously. Have a look at what the Tamron 90 mm f2.8 macro lens sells for 2nd-hand these days.

    Col
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