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Old Sep 25, 2010, 7:09 AM   #1
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Experimenting a bit with using the flash, trying to make use of DoF and some PP tweaks. C&C welcome.

PSP7 unfortunately strips EXIF but all taken with FZ35. Mild processing in AutoHDR to sharpen and counteract the flash a bit, resized in paintshop pro, lightly denoised with Topaz and a small expansion of the midtones on most.

#1 Butterfly


#2 Rotting apple


#3 Eucomis (Pineapple Lily) in shade


#4 Apples


#5 New rose leaves


#6 Seed head on thyme with rudbeckia behind
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 9:49 AM   #2
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I think #4 is great.
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Thanks. That's the one I like best too. I spent quite some time finding the right spot to get the out of focus apples lined up nicely.
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Really nice Martin...like them all..
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a few more...

#7 Hydrangea


#8 Grapes


#9 Pyracanthus


#10 Redcurrant


#11 a bit less realism in this one but an anemone
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And the last ones:

#12 - Liquidamber


#13 Holly with spider's web


#14 Fern


#15 Potentilla


#16 Seed head
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That is an excellent series of shots. Well done.

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Lovely series Martin

I particularly love:
#1 - the fringe of the leaves is special imho, and the unusual butterly pattern = great!
#6 - just ADORE that warm colour and shine of the new rose leaves
#11 - the sharpness and subtle colours here are very peaceful.

Thanks for sharing. I must use your autohdr more on some macros. I'm just about to upload 4 photos of a gecko I took only 2 hours ago. (no autohdr post processing on those). Cheers.

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Thanks all for your comments.

pj - I used the following AutoHDR settings for these - Detail(10), Strength(10), Contrast(5), Saturation(5), Shadows(3),Highlights(3) to pull out the most of the detail but not affect the lighting too much. I processed them at full resolution which is slow but the high detail settings emphasise any noise you have and I had quite a bit because these were all shot at 18x zoom. Resizing down for the web and a bit of Topaz cleans up most of that though.
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Thanks Martin for the info... I'll have to try this on a few of my macro photos soon. I managed to capture some macros at ISO100, which is nice as there is very minimal noise.

Again, thanks for your wonderful AutoHDR program!

Looking forward to more of your masterful photos and software.

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