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Old Sep 17, 2011, 4:19 PM   #1
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OK, I looked it up. It does sound more impressive than my original title.









Not as impressive as all of the macros recently posted. Just having fun with my kit lenses.

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Old Sep 17, 2011, 8:25 PM   #2
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"Not as impressive as all of the macros recently posted"; I think they are. Great work with the D5000.

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Old Sep 17, 2011, 10:15 PM   #3
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1 and 4 are awesome shots. 1 isn't crystal sharp throughout the depth of the whole bfly but it's good at the face and leading edge of the wings. And it has that certain 'Je ne sais quoi' elusive special quality of interesting pose and angle that alot of good macros don't have. 4 is a spectacular pic of a really pretty grasshopper. Either one of those would be in my screensaver fav picture rotation
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 5:31 AM   #4
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Nice shots. I like #4 the yellow grasshopper.

How do you get so close with the kit lens? Can they focus that close
or do you use extension tubes or close-up lenses?
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 10:07 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments.
@ corkpix, most of my shots are with the 55-200 lens on full zoom.
This means I have to stand back about two to three feet. With that said the shots are pretty soft.

I have to crop to get the final image, first, select all and then select >> transform the selection by holding down the shift key to maintain proportions and then image >> crop and then resize.

I found that unsharp mask by itself creates halos or artifacts. I created an "action" in photoshop that I play on the photo that allows for an incredible amount of unsharp mask to be applied without the artifacts.

ISO is set to 320 so at that crop there is substantial noise after sharpening.
Then it's off to topaz de-noise.
Then I play my sharpen action again and it does a pretty good job.

I guess you could call it cheating but I really enjoy my new camera and have been a hardcore user of photoshop for over ten years, this is my first time on actual photos.

I do web development and have made collages for clients and created graphics and am now in a completely different environment with photoshop.

My actions are uploaded here http://wlmark.com/my actions.zip

I use "sharpen2", it creates a new layer and it has a stop where you can adjust levels on the black and white preview, most of the time pressing continue will work just fine. (if you stop, adjust levels so you get more black outlines and then click play again.)
When it finishes playing you will see some selected areas, hit cntrl h to hide the selection and then open filter >> unsharp mask.
Threshold 0
Radius 1
Go crazy with amount.

If you have never used actions before, I would highly recommend looking into them to automate the workflow.

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Really great series, all are fab, but I really love No.4.
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Old Sep 19, 2011, 1:03 PM   #7
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@ corkpix, most of my shots are with the 55-200 lens on full zoom. .....
Thanks for the info. Those are impressive results for a non-macro lens.
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These are really great. Glad you are enjoying your photography.
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Old Sep 22, 2011, 1:52 PM   #9
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Great looking series, really really like nr1.

Focus is spot on, and the angle is more than perfect. I almost want to stand up and see what it's wings look like.

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