Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Trying to improve my Macro Skill

Hi everybody! I'm trying to improve my Macro Photogrpahy skill. Here a few examples, what I have done so far. I shoot with a Sony A7r III and the Sony 90mm Macro lens. I'm doing all the shots freehand, which is sometimes really challenging in the Swiss mountains, because of the wind. The spider is my first try to stack handhold pictures (only 3 pictures). The pictures are by far not perfect, but I hope you enjoy them... ;)

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Troy Straub's picture

Looking great! Ants and grasshoppers are hard to get they they never stop moving. Same with Lady bugs, and I assume the cucumber beetle. I feel like the spider would be better if I could see more of the face, also I think the plant looks sharper than the spider. You're doing great keep it up!

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Thank you very much, much appreciated. I was lucky with the ant. it stopped in that position for 10-15s. So I had time to focus properly. With the spider you are right. I also struggle a little with the flash power... ;)

Terry Waggoner's picture

Frustrating is a common word used to describe Macrophotography as you usually take 300-400 shots just to get a decent one........not a good one tho, that usually takes 600-700 shot and an excellent takes a 1000+ shots!..........or at least it seems like it. I guess what I'm really trying to say is take as many shots as your subjects and conditions allow(read as much material you can find on techniques). As far as focus stacking...........trying to stacks hand held shots is damn near impossible unless your name is Don Komarechka.........

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Thank you very much for your comment. I know what you mean. The bad images are around 99%... and the 1% is okay... ;) I try not to get frustrated. Photography is something that calms and slows me down, Macro Photography even more. I don't have to make a living out of it, so I don't have any pressure. I've never thought that I have the patience for Macro, because I don't have the patience for Wildlife photography. But this tiny universe is amazing!

I'm not the guy who is reading much, but the big advantage in our time is, that there are so many good videos available. :)

Terry Waggoner's picture

In that case........just for giggles, type in Don Komarechka in YouTube. This kid is very knowledgeable and doesn't mind sharing that knowledge..........

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

I will do! Thank you!

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

I checked out hist page... wow! Really amazing what he is showing there! Thanks for the recommendation!

Jeremy Martignago's picture

Nice
The Ant and the grasshopper are my favourites
good work.

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Thank you very much! I like the ant too. So many bad shots of ants and then it "poses" for the shot! ;)