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Little blue marvel - Cleisocentron merrillianum

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    Default Little blue marvel - Cleisocentron merrillianum

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    My culture seems to suit this plant, as you can see from the leaves - the latest, newest, longest. So this year, 2 spikes. It even has some scent, or I think I can detect it. The dark blue violet throat is intriguing - intended to lure the insect pollinator in ?
    Impossible to tell you how large ( small ?) the flowers are, but the longest leaf measures 11 cm - just under 4 inches.
    I am particularly pleased with the close up pic - for those interested, taken at 1/60 second, at f57 - the smallest stop my now ancient Nikkor macro lens will set to at this magnification.
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    That is one cool flower and great blue color!

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    A beautiful jewel, Geoff! Yes I like that close-up picture too, but how do you set that f57 ? Great sharpness and depth of field. Unfortunately mine can go down to only f32.

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    Fantastic Picture Geoff. Seeing this species for the first time. color looks very unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    how do you set that f57 ?
    I don't know about the latest lenses, my Nikkor f2.8 macro was designed to produce full size - 1 inch wide on the subject, was 1 inch wide on the negative, used with a film camera. I probably bought it 40 years ago ?
    Clever old Nikon, when they introduced digital cameras in the interchangeable lens SLR range , kept the same lens mount, so that I was able to buy a camera body. - I think my first was the D1 at the end of the last century - and use all the lenses I had bought for the 35mm film cameras .
    Actually, with the Nikon digitals, 1" on the subject is 1.6 inches on the projected image, or it may be that I have that back to front . The ratio is 1.6 anyway.
    The focussing range is enormous, so they provide a limiter for use at more usual ranges, and it is only when that is released, to allow the ultra close up, that stops as small as this can be had. Actually, I set the camera to A = aperture! and to automatic flash! when this camera selects 1/60 and the aperture then stops down as far as it can.
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    Thanks Geoff for the info. My macro lens is the Tamron SP 90 and I;ve had it since my Nikon F3 days. I've since acquired another SP 90 with auto-focus. I've also just got the Zerene Stacker apps for stacking close-up pictures - hopefully I'll try to learn to use the apps soon. Also got a set of auto close-up tubes for even closer closeups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Zerene Stacker apps for stacking close-up pictures - hopefully I'll try to learn to use the apps soon..
    I have used a stacker app - it required me to take a series of images with the camera moved a tiny distance between each two pics. It needs a rack and pinion slide mount, since the camera has to be otherwise fixed in position. I did one once with 40 images, and the software then chose the sharp bit from each, and combined them all into one unbelievable image. The only problem of course is that the operation took hours of fiddling about to get the 40 files, even if the software ( way back, maybe 7 or so years ?) took "only" 10 minutes to make the image. A hobby for those with a lot of time to fill - not a good description of me !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    I have used a stacker app - it required me to take a series of images with the camera moved a tiny distance between each two pics. It needs a rack and pinion slide mount, since the camera has to be otherwise fixed in position. I did one once with 40 images, and the software then chose the sharp bit from each, and combined them all into one unbelievable image. The only problem of course is that the operation took hours of fiddling about to get the 40 files, even if the software ( way back, maybe 7 or so years ?) took "only" 10 minutes to make the image. A hobby for those with a lot of time to fill - not a good description of me !
    40 files! I haven't started yet but I'll try to limit that to about 1/3 that number....... Hehehe Hope I can find the time soon . Actually I'm in training for my hiking/sightseeing tour of Nepal with my sons in Dec from 5 - 21 Dec. hope my old body and heart can take it. My training has been interrupted by a bad bout of flu recently that put me down for 3 weeks.

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    Lovely so sad cant stand with my atmosphere here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    40 files! I haven't started yet but I'll try to limit that to about 1/3 that number....... Hehehe Hope I can find the time soon . Actually I'm in training for my hiking/sightseeing tour of Nepal with my sons in Dec from 5 - 21 Dec. hope my old body and heart can take it. My training has been interrupted by a bad bout of flu recently that put me down for 3 weeks.
    You can do it Yew just take your time take more fresh fruits like purple dragon good for your body, keep continuing your training till December I will wait your wonderful photos when you come back.

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    Beautiful blue. Great pics!

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