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Macro Photos From The Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT, Pentacon 50mm F1.8, Extension Tubes... And Flash 

It's that time of year when the opportunity to play around with Macro photography becomes irresistible. The flowers are in full, glorious, bloom, and I've got a new camera, the Canon 350d / Rebel XT to play with.

I switched to the Pentacon 50mm F1.8 lens that I got from the car boot last week-end, using my M42 lens mount adapter on the 350D, and a few extension tubes. The extension tubes allow you to focus really close, but the depth of field is minuscule, so camera shake doesn't just lead to movement blur, but also the subject actually moves out of the zone of sharpness.

Instead of digging out my tripod, I decided to try something different, and activated the pop-up flash on my camera. Dialling in some exposure compensation to darken some of the shots, the results were alright for a first try with this lens combination. For really sharp shots I'll have to set up my tripod and tighten up the aperture a bit.






All these photographs were shot in RAW, and processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop. Although still dipping my toes into the world of uncompressed files, I have to say that the flexibility of RAW is amazing, especially when it comes to white-balance. Just flicking through the White Balance options in Adobe Camera RAW gives the same photo some different looks, without adding the noise and artifacts that sometimes happens with .jpg.

Thanks, Rob.

SCL Photo Podcast 50: Back From The Beach

SCL PodcastBit of a ramble today (my apologies), as I decided to go shooting rather than prepare the 'cast....

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Cheers, Rob.

Private Pier, Priddys Hard

Private Pier, Priddys Hard, originally uploaded by scalespeeder.

Another older shot, from last Summer, from my trusty S5700.


Video: Old M42 Lenses On Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT

I thought it was about time to make a video showing my Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT with it's arsenal of M42 Manual Focus Lenses, all car-boot bargains.

Thanks, Rob.

Great Film, Great Photography

You may have heard me talking about "The Earth From Above" in a recent podcast, well here's a fantastic new Film, by Yann Arthus Bertrand, full of superb photography and a strong environmental message.

Home, a film by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

CHeers, Rob.