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Honnes Aug 2, 2010 3:03 PM

FZ38 Wasp and a flower
Lol, I could not change the actual thread-title anymore, but it's actually a wasp :P

Here's a few shots I made today, and as for the last shot, it lost focus, is it because I was too close, or should I adjust a setting? I didn't use any lens for these.

I was better off with Macro Zoom this time as I could nearly stick the camera in it's butt, and with the AF Macro, I didn't achieve something close to this. Anyone experience with that, maybe I do something wrong. Anyway, here a few shots, feedback appreciated :)

LTZ470 Aug 3, 2010 7:45 AM

Veeerrry nice except for the last OOF shot...great macros Honnes!

hanalwala Aug 3, 2010 8:11 AM

The first two a amazing....What was the setting you used ? With or without a tripod ??

Honnes Aug 3, 2010 8:43 AM

Thanks for the replies :), and I posted the out of focus photo because I was wondering what could have caused it. I guess I was just too close.

I took those without a tripod, and I didn't see until now that the EXIF information got "cropped" as well.

I used P-mode, and put the AF mode to Zoom Macro, with max (3x) zoom.

I used F 2.8, ISO 80, spot-focus, no flash, left the lighting exposure (or so) at 0, and changed the white balance to the 'Shade' or 'Cloudy' settings. (I'm not sure about the white balance tho, maybe I left it on Auto or used the setting in which I can adjust the amount of Kelvin).

Also, it's a habit of mine to alter the picture details all to +1, and the noise to -1. (I heard that during evening/night, it's best to make the noise +1 ?)

simple Aug 3, 2010 1:26 PM

when doing hand held the slightest movement can make the biggest difference with focus etc it is suprising how much you will move unless you have a vr lense it can become a major issue but the vr is not perfect either :)

here is your second picture run through a denoise program

simple Aug 3, 2010 1:56 PM

hell i did the first one too topaz denoise on moderate standard settings ..... the above was done on strong standard

Honnes Aug 3, 2010 2:25 PM

It looks a lot better the way you changed the noise, that's part of post processing already, right? What program did you use, and how? I am in posession of CS5, Light Room 3, and Picasa 3.

PS. Do you know why my 3rd is out of focus so badly? I posted it to show how it looks, but what did I do wrong, is it distance, zoom, or should I have done something else?

simple Aug 3, 2010 2:29 PM

it is a plugin for photoshop see here :)

Honnes Aug 3, 2010 2:53 PM

I've just downloaded the trial and see how it works, and otherwise buy it :), $70 doesn't sound bad for such fine work. Thanks a lot, simple, and I'll try to put one of my pics in here as a try-out when I got it downloaded and installed (and figured out hehe).

PS. Until 31st of August, you get $30 off when you enter coupon code DOUBLESPEED (for those who might consider getting this package)

Honnes Aug 3, 2010 4:05 PM

I just tried it out, and I posted the result, with a thanks-to-you over here:

Hope you like it as I do, as I'm surprised by my result :)

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