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    Anyone else into pictures of small stuff? I think it's the coolest since you get to see things you normally wouldn't. Here's some I took. The flower was on a lawn weed, it's smaller than 1cm, maybe .5cm

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    Cool!
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    Close-up shots like that are quite amazing. Very cool!

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    Love that stuff.
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    I've collected somewhere over 500 of these pictures this year. Now if I could just find a way to make money off them But I guess that's how it goes with most hobbies. Making money off a hobby might take the fun out of it because then it's more like work. I'd have to be more critical on the quality instead of being pleasantly surprised at what I find.

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    I take lots of pics of plants. All Macro work. I notice some of your shots are in the realm of Micro-photography. Depth of field can be a problem there, unless you do focus stacking. There's times I'd like to shoot smaller things but I really don't have the lens for it, or much need. Apertures f 16-22 usually. For true macro it keeps the subject sharp and blurs the background.

    I'm compiling a list of native flora, close to 2,000 species photographed, and as many pages of descriptions. It keeps me pretty busy going places to find the plants, and when I get home I catalog the pics and work on writing the descriptions. Been earnestly on the project for 3 years now, going on 4. I think I can see the light.

    I'll skip on the botanical names

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    Really cool!

    That's a whole other step there identifying everything. I've wanted to do it, but that's a lot more work when I'm just enjoying the images for now.

    Maybe you'll have another book out in the next few years??

    Anyway I've been getting away with using my Sony DSC-WX220 which surprisingly has way better image quality than the newer HX80, which I keep kicking myself for buying because of how terrible the image quality is, and the WX220 has an f16 capable aperture while the HX80 and most other cameras that size only go to f8. I rarely go smaller than f5 because the automatic nature of the camera requires me to increase the ISO to cause it to use a smaller aperture, but the noise increases very quickly with this small of a sensor. I've found that at ISO100 this little camera captures great low noise images, plus the very small lens allows it to see through a 35mm prime lens I use as a macro coupled lens far more easily than a 35mm camera lens could. But if I had a 35mm camera I might as well have a one piece macro lens. I'm shooting through a 50mm f1.7 lens with around 500 lumens of LEDs, the 4.5oz weight of my camera allows me to somewhat easily freehand it without a tripod. I can't get worth while image quality beyond 5-6x magnification except by cropping, but as you pointed out, that is getting into the micro realm.


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    Yard weed flowers. About 3mm wide These are actually some of my very first attempts:

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    It's amazing the resolution power of the digital camera. I started shooting 35mm in the 1960's. But film was so expensive I could never reach the point of creativity I dreamed of. Now with digital I can, as well everybody. It's so cool

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    Just think what will be available in 2118!