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Old Dec 11, 2010, 8:05 AM   #1
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I've been trying the macro out a bit more. All were taken with long focal length to isolate from backgrounds. The spiders were taken with very fast shutter under great early morning light. The cicada shells required resting the camera on a table for stability - they were taken on a very wet day outdoors, with an old piece of cement sheeting as a backdrop.

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Cicada shell:



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Edit - just noticed the upload to Picasa did bad things to the cicada-shell shots; I must've enlarged beyond the size I cropped them or something?
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Old Dec 11, 2010, 8:09 AM   #2
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Excellent shots - nothing like the sounds of buzzing cicadas on a hot summer day.

Do you get the 17 year variety there?

Also a bit of noise removal in your last 2 shots would make them snap.
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Very nice shots!
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Thanks guys.

I fixed the last one a bit by uploading it at its original width, which is less than the 1600 Picasa defaults to. But I need to track down some NR software for sure.

BTW, not sure how long the cicadas live underground - I think it might be 7 years. I used spend half my life catching them when I was a kid.
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Try Zoner Photo Studio - it's really nice.

http://www.zoner.com/ww-en/support/downloads/free
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These totally freaked me out but great shots! I used to look for those cicada shells as a kid, but not now....
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