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Old Jul 19, 2005, 7:03 AM   #1
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FZ20 + Nikon 6T

1: 1/640, F4, 2,2x zoom, Macro mode (exif included)
Note: These butterflies are the small ones, about 1,5cm max breadth each wing.


Focus on the wings rather than on eyes/head
burnt HL on the foreground flower is not bad, for it does not distract from the main subject).
Central position in the frame is fine for me for in this case it evidence the sim metry of the scene.

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 7:11 AM   #2
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2 (she's the porno star)

FZ20 + 6T
f: 432mm eq,
A mode, F8
1/125sec
ISO 80

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NoiseNinja Photoshop 7 plugin with some USM included
resizing (both the originals where a little bit more than the double of the PPed ones)
Some Auto Contrast and Auto color adjustment (decreased to less than 50% effect)
General Saturation incremented to +9
some Selective color adjustment (I have a profile saved in a file which enhances the blue and reds and decreases the yellows, especially in greens, so that the pics look like Canon colors and theyellow cast of FZ20 is diminished or abolished).
Framing

I hope you like e'm

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 9:24 AM   #3
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Very nice pics Narmer! Well taken
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 9:29 AM   #4
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Great shots Narmer.

I've just got the Raynox DCR250, just need lots of practice and hopefully I will be able to take shots like that.



Once again amazing!
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 9:35 AM   #5
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Thank you Tchuanye and Stevetracey.

Steve,
with Raynox DCR250 you should be able to take at least as good shots... if not better considering the nearly triple magnification than 6T.

Also note that I have no external flash, which in darker conditions is a fault.
As you can see from Tchuanye's and others' pics, (bounced) external flash light usuallyimprove the quality of pics by a large degree.

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 11:54 AM   #6
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Great pictures narmer!
Please donĀ“t forget we poor owners of the FZ5 can bounce the internal flash too, just look at my avatar or stoneys homepage.
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 12:23 PM   #7
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I like the first because it is very sharp!

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with Raynox DCR250 you should be able to take at least as good shots... if not better considering the nearly triple magnification than 6T.
I wouldn't say that. These converters have different fields of application. The DCR-250 is better for small insects because of its higher magnification. But it is not usable for big insects like dragonflies or bigger butterflies because it vignettes at less than 4x zoom (ok, you can get details of those insects if you can get close enough, but cannot get pictures ofthe whole insect with the DCR-250). Here the 6T is better, and of course it has advantages when shooting very shy insects, because you can shoot from alarger distance.
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 6:28 AM   #8
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Thank you Seemolf and Stoney 79

Seemolf I have used some translucent paper (don't know it's name, it is the one used to copy drawings with China ink) to bounce some FZ20 flash light on insects, reptiles and amphibianswhich have reflective bodies (critters, frogs, some snakes).
But as I said an external flash is all another matter, although it is also another weight to carry.

Stoney79 you are right.
I think that, for more magnification I'll order another Nikon 6T (here in Italy it costs the same as the 4T and 5T) to achieve nearly 6+ magnification...

These macro lenses will certainly outlive our FZs
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all very nice narmer # 1 my favorite also
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 12:08 PM   #10
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Thanks narmer,

just in case you have forgotten part of the flash equipment:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7

I have ordered 2 slave flashes nevertheless!
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