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Yesterday's SF Botanical Garden meander.

Attention romance novelists! The dead flower among wood chips can adorn your next book for a very reasonable price!

Sony α6000; Sigma 19mm f/2.8; no extension tubes today, but a bit too much cropping. Maybe a bit too much Darktable post?
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Sensor cleaned? Looks good👍
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Someone sneezed on my sensor. I have a chance to try out the sensor swab kit I bought recently. Probably will attack it tomorrow.

Has anyone cleaned their own α6000 sensor? Happy with the results?
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I have seen a couple of kits. Which so you all recommend? The blue gel one?
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Thinking about macro for flower shots. Got a pair of cheap extension tubes (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U8ENCH6).
Here are two test shots of a window-lit burned-out lightbulb on my kitchen table, both focused on the "130V" with focus magnification. What they say about sliver-thin focus with tubes is certainly true! I'll definitely be schlepping my tripod to the park (when I feel energetic).

Sony α6000, Sigma 19mm f/2.8, 10mm cheapo extension tube, Pedco UltraPod II.
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Good to know, if I ever decided to get into macro photography.
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Sony α6000
Rokinon/Samyang 12mm f/2.0
San Francisco Botanical Garden
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First day with Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 (really shows here!)
Horrible screw up technically, but must post if only for the rat-packiness of my friends.
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The sensor cleaning did not go well. FYI, I'm using this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K8MTPEW. I've used ten of the twelve swabs supplied in the kit. I'll skip the details. Initially there was a big improvement over the original mess, but several large dust (whatever?) spots remained or were pushed to a different location. The second try seemed to eliminate a couple of spots. The final try introduced a large smeared area on the left of the sensor and failed to improve those already present. I gave up. [UPDATE: After a little more examination, I see the third attempt did improve a couple of the stubborn spots. But I was really depressed by the appearance of that new big smear.]

I'm not sure what I will do now. But I will keep shooting. Maybe I'll buy another cleaning kit and try again in a while. Or I'll just try to "unsee" the spots I know are there.

(I was working near a window, and the light color on my white paper test target was changing. And the settings I used with Darktable to best emphasize the spots varied over the set of test shots.)
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Don't use methanol as it is a wood alcohol that Sony warns against.
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Macro  in the SF Botanical Garden again. This time with the kit lens. I thought the zoom might help find a viable working distance. Anyway, even with a slight breeze and overcast, late afternoon light, several images seem marginally presentable.

Sony α6000, Sony E 16-50mm, cheapo 16mm extension tube. No cropping, but my usual somber Darktable once over.
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Late yesterday in the SF Botanical Garden. Some very high ISO, but what the hell...
Sony α6000, Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 (of course), a little Darktable messing about
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Sony α6000
Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 (still in love)
Yesterday in Golden Gate Park
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Nice pictures, knew you were going to love this lens 👍
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Sony α6000
First day with Rokinon 12mm f/2.0
Still loving crushed blacks in floral shots.
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