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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:41 PM   #1
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OK - I messed up the settings here so I was about to delete them right away, but then I thought for that shallow DOF they came out really well and think of them as a "portrait" of that fly now. They are soft, but that's ok for f/2.8 on a 2x macro TC I think.

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I tried to sharpen/refocus but that destroys the blossoms too much, unfortunately...

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OK - I messed up the settings here so I was about to delete them right away, but then I thought for that shallow DOF they came out really well and think of them as a "portrait" of that fly now. They are soft, but that's ok for f/2.8 on a 2x macro TC I think.

Have fun:

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I tried to sharpen/refocus but that destroys the blossoms too much, unfortunately...

Regards,
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Like these pictures very much. Have some similar. Try Insect sharpen :-) (Smart sharpen) in Photoshop (CS3). It will leave the petals blurred of course and won´t create too much contrast

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Like these pictures very much. Have some similar. Try Insect sharpen :-) (Smart sharpen) in Photoshop (CS3). It will leave the petals blurred of course and won´t create too much contrast

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Thanks for the comments and the idea! Well... I don't use PS and my "adaptive sharpen" wasn't very succesful to be honest. Very small amounts of any sharpen create a posterized look on the petals for some reason, so I had no chance but to bite the bullet and selected the fly with lasso and used some heavy sharpen. No real layer works - so there is still room for improvement when it comes to a print. (which is very unlikely for these, anyway)

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Quite an improvement - eh? The only drawback is, that those partial sharpen approaches almost always leave an "unbalanced" image (to my mind) - but you are right - in the case of that very shallow DOF nobody will probably notice.

How do you like this version?
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 3:59 PM   #4
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Like these pictures very much. Have some similar. Try Insect sharpen :-) (Smart sharpen) in Photoshop (CS3). It will leave the petals blurred of course and won´t create too much contrast

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Thanks for the comments and the idea! Well... I don't use PS and my "adaptive sharpen" wasn't very succesful to be honest. Very small amounts of any sharpen create a posterized look on the petals for some reason, so I had no chance but to bite the bullet and selected the fly with lasso and used some heavy sharpen. No real layer works - so there is still room for improvement when it comes to a print. (which is very unlikely for these, anyway)

Here is the result:



Quite an improvement - eh? The only drawback is, that those partial sharpen approaches almost always leave an "unbalanced" image (to my mind) - but you are right - in the case of that very shallow DOF nobody will probably notice.

How do you like this version?
Great. The precice amount of sharpening / background blurr (what an uggly word) Very tasteful pictures, simplicity always pays. Precision work - you can see the mouth parts.

There is no self end in extreme sharpness or in background softness

You are right, there should be a balance between sharpness and background softness. You have done it. I'll be glad to follow your quest. Trying the same as you

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yay - thanks! I'll follow that route then for a while ...

Btw - I made another post with new pics and another postprocessing workflow - be my guest if you like.
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You have really gotten the detail with out excessive brightness. Good job. I am still trying to do that.
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I don't know how sharp your macro lens is, but to gain a bit of depth of field, shot at the highest possible f stop. If thepicture is not sharp or not focused properly to begin with, CS3 will not be able to sharpen the image. The attached image was shot at f6.3 - 1/40 s.Hope this will help.

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Thats one of the nicest shots Ive seen of a fly Mcnite. The problem with macro closeups is the very short DOF. But you have done a good job here. Lucky to get a side profile of the horrible looking creature.
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