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Old Mar 29, 2007, 8:58 AM   #1
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I always have problems getting good pics of these, and i`m never 100% happy with the results.....this one taken today is the best pic i`ve managed of one so far.
Came across it while digging a pond in my garden this morning...it was resting on a slab of turf I was about to move....
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Old Mar 29, 2007, 9:35 AM   #2
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I can't believe you uprooted that poor Ladybird... just kidding... :G

I think it is pretty good. )
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Old Mar 29, 2007, 3:41 PM   #3
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That is a SUPER shot and so clear...what lens were you using?
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Old Mar 29, 2007, 3:49 PM   #4
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Thanks Beth and Annie for your kind comments.

Annie, the lens was a DCR-150, I had to crop the shot as the ladybird was a particularly small specimen. A 250 lens would have been more appropriate but i`ve yet to acquire one (soon though, hopefully...)

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Nicely done. Looks very comfotable in its environement. The only thing to my eyes is that it looks a little over-processed.

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Old Mar 29, 2007, 6:09 PM   #6
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Love the rich colour in this one. Good shot.
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I have found they are difficult to shoot also. It may be because the almost have a glossy color. That shot looks pretty good to me.
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It looks good to me. I wonder if that tiny round ball on top of it is an egg of some sort. And what those clearish things are in the front of the picture.
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Old Mar 30, 2007, 2:15 AM   #9
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Thanks for the comments Raf, Hiroshi,tcook and Happy.

Hiroshi, I find it very difficult to judge with these regarding processing so you may well be right.One day I`ll get a more perfect shot of one

Tcook, yeah I agree the shiny wing cases make it awkward to get good shots, the flash was heavily diffused on this pic yet I still got quite a lot of "shine" on most of the shots I took yesterday.I think the only answer is to get some bright weather and shoot in available light given the opportunity. The best ladybird shots i`ve seen have been taken in that way.

Happy, it does look egg-lik doesnt it? that`s got me intrigued now too.Not sure about the bits in the foreground, its possible they could be pieces of rotting grass....

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Old Mar 30, 2007, 8:22 AM   #10
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Hi Mark,

shooting ladybirds is a terrible task.

Reflections are always strange and the object is too "thick" for the restricted DOF range.

The following picture was taken yesterday with a FZ5, reversed 50mm lens, a light tent and several flashes.



Using available light was no option, pictures in full sunlight looked like your example above:



Nervertheless members of our "premier league" like tchuanye manage this light problem with one or two bouncedflashes. - There is still some hope!

I am planning to use a diffusing mesh for the hard sunlight in these cases.

The next one was taken with abounced FZ5 onboard flash a long time ago. (needs some NR..)



So, try it again - the next pictures will be even better!

Sven

http://freenet-homepage.de/seemolf/ladybird.html






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A different solution - take the big ones:








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