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Old Oct 27, 2006, 9:58 AM   #11
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As the others have said, all really great photos!

That poor lion just looks so sad (or maybe just bored) to me though.
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Old Oct 27, 2006, 10:02 AM   #12
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Super shots Francesco. That bird with the back lit hair do is something else.

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Old Oct 27, 2006, 11:23 AM   #13
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Thanks again.

I also do love that crested crane, and although shot at ISo 200, it is still more impressive in the larger (900x900 instead of circa 700x700 as here) version I have.
He had that sun spot in the head only, while the rest and background was in shadow. In the original the background was bordeaux-red, the color of a structure behind it.

Found the JS in my plant vase again, and did 50 more keeper shots.
Went very very close to capture it while jumping... I ll post in the next days.

Redstickman you're right, though as I said some of them have grown up already captive. He is in a very large area, and separated there is a lioness.

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Old Oct 27, 2006, 11:44 AM   #14
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Apart from experiencing with my new DCR 250 and trying to stop this JS I got on my balcony while jumping from leaf to leaf (very very hard), I have also experimented with diffused and bounced flash.
Although I generally like more the second method, in this case diffused is better: sometimes I burn part of the face but it is more efficient when the spider is hiding in the leafs or grass, in which case diffused light is too feeble and more prone to greenish cast owing to the grass surrounding the JS which further diffuses and stops the light.
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Old Oct 27, 2006, 9:31 PM   #15
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Excellent series Narmer!!!

Love the JS shots and your last bird pic is WOW!
Nice exposure on the spiders! The only one that has blown highlights is the small top right JS in the #6 pic.

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Old Oct 27, 2006, 9:40 PM   #16
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wonderful work, as usual, Francesco... the macros of thejumperare excellent, and that last shot of the African Crowned Crane is outstanding! you do know how to get the most from your FZ20!!
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Great pictures!
My favourites are the jumpers and the last bird picture!
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Old Oct 28, 2006, 8:50 AM   #18
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Thanks Tchuanye, Squirl033 and Callmebali.

Tan, I don't use my external flash on the FZ20 hot shoe: I have a bracket extending leftwards from the camera but the flash is never set on the bracket, I hold it in my hand and the bracket only serves to lean the forearm on it to stabilize the whole.
So in the first shots of a series can be OE or UE and sometimes I don't have the time to adjust.
In certain moments these JS are really very active



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