Adyar Eco Park, Chennai – Photocrawl

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You’ve heard of a Photowalk, but what’s a Photocrawl?  We associate a Photowalk with a group of people (5-20) covering a 3-5 kilometer route shooting urban scenes, country back roads, street portraits, landscapes, … lasting around 2-2.5 hours.

A Photocrawl is when you shoot in the Macro Photography genre, i.e. bugs, flowers and tiny things at a 1:1 scale to a full frame sensor size. This genre forces one to deliberately slow down to observe the environment at your feet across across a 10-30 meter radius.  Many insects, spiders, … are camouflaged by nature and hard to find without an experienced, trained eye.  Today’s Hint: Look for Green Leaves having non-uniformity, discolor as an indication of bug activity.

The Photocrawl often matches that of a Photowalk for time given you slowly scout the insect world around you.  At times you’re at a crawl (going slow) and at times in a literal sense you really do crawl on the ground for the shot.

Ten (10) members from the Photographic Society of Madras  held a Photocrawl at the Tholkappia Poonga or Adyar Eco Park recently.  Here are a few images for your review.

Image 1 – Red Bug w/15mm Wide AngleDaShanSheYing-1508

Image 2 – Flowering Milk Weed w/100mmDaShanSheYing-1502

Image 3 – Spider Having Dinner w/100mmDaShanSheYing-1505

Image 4 – Dragonfly Hanging Out w/100mmDaShanSheYing-1509Image 5 – Red Spider Eating w/100mmDaShanSheYing-1510


Note: The light shown in the featured image is a Zebralight H52Fw AA Floody Headlamp Neutral White which works well for Macro backlight and/or sidelight.


PS Don’t forget the PSM Confluence Photo Exhibit from 5/31 to 6/2 11:00am to 7:00pm. Please stop by and enjoy professional photographers sharing their images for your viewing pleasure.


Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens – First Time Out

Had my first serious outing with this new macro lens.  Yes it has soft edges and fringing yet what it captures is very unique.

Getting true 1:1 requires a 5mm distance from the subject and when combined with a large DOF (say f/22) becomes a true challenge for any photographer hand-held, i.e.  subjects fly off and getting good focus requires precise back and forth movement.

At the end of the day, it's about getting out and having fun which this manual certainly provides.  Recommended for those fun seeking photographers.

This first image with the green fluorescent flying bug (name??) was an exciting moment so without hesitation I moved in as I couldn’t wait for the bug to pose.

FYI – Threw in two images using Topaz Impressions for an artistic painted look.

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