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1/180 second
Focal Length
200 mm
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Feb 3, 2013, 1:11:09 PM
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Snowflake by oriontrail Snowflake by oriontrail

Snowflakeby oriontrail

Photography / Macro / Nature©2013-2014 oriontrail
Macro photo of a snowflake

Pentax K-30 + bellows + Pentax-K 50mm f2 + flash
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Bonniemarie Nov 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
wow, so fascinating, well done for sharing such a miracle!
Recently i bought a Pentax K-30 kit 18-135mm AL WR and i'm very proud of this camera. But  after i saw this i thought i  also wanna shoot too macro! I'm not profesionist but i like experiments and DSLR cameras are  fun. I wanna ask you what type  of bellows are you using for this cammera to make sure it will fit. .. any  pentax k  bellows are ok?
oriontrail Jul 27, 2013   Photographer
I'm glad you love your K-30 as much as I do.
First, read your manual.
I was using my first DSLR for 3 years and when I was going to sell it, I started reading manual and learned many helpful things...but too late. It was Canon 400D.

On eBay you can get something like this:…

I have these and this is great. Just put your kit lens and play with it. (focus is manual)
Also,l find how to do-it-yourself macro flash...something like this:…

And shoot on iso200-400 on manual mode.

Thanks for answering! :D
Well. .. i have  macro extension  .. exactly the same  like on eBay! ... I buy them for my first SLR .. a Vivitar V2000 on film. it have the same mount like Pentax .. and i have experimented it on Pentax k-30 .. ohh ... i must learn some  things ... the macro extension looks dark .. and my first photo with them is not too clear .. the problem may be ISO stuff/  i shook my hands( i don't have a tripod). I'm adapted with my film Vivitar camera......

But for this snowflake photo .. have you used macro extensions? . .these macro extensions can make a too macro shooting? ... first i thought you used the same…

It's interesting your do-it-yourself macro flash ... yet i don't have a big flash  .. just Pentax own flash.

I always want a Pentax  .. i saw some time ago some photos here on dA and  i didn't knew why the many photos i like are made by a Pentax  .. so I want to have one .. a good one! 
oriontrail Jul 29, 2013   Photographer
I got myself that bellow extension tube but it's bullshit, since it gives me some glow in the center of every photo. So photos are almost useless.
I stick to regular metal tubes :)
And I shoot mostly at iso400 and I use flash (my K-30 flash, I also don't have external flash).
Try to shoot from a tripod, or you will have to be extra careful since the sharp area is so thin, when shooting bugs half of head is sharp and other half is not :D
p.s. lock your shutter leafs with some paper put near by that moving thing that sticks out of the back of lens (… ), it has to be fully opened or slightly closed
today I bought a tripod .. I bought it especially for night shooting and already I've experimented some shoots with shutter time 30' ... it's great!…

I tried to shoot with flash on macro but it looks like dark… ... iso was 800 and exposure time 1/180 and expousure bias 2.00 .. i don't remember exactly but i think it was on SCN mode on macro   .. so not manual

well, thanks for the advice, I'll try that stuff with some paper :D
malo je reći fantastično :) svaka čast!
oriontrail Apr 8, 2013   Photographer
Hvala Danijela :)
GrotesqueDarling13 Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow!! So very stunning :D The colors & focus is beyond :love:
I could look at it for hours. Beautifully taken :clap: :nod:

I've featured it here: [link]
oriontrail Feb 8, 2013   Photographer
Thanks dear! :hug:
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