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Old Aug 5, 2006, 9:58 AM   #11
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Thank you, Willow and PeHa.

PeHa, light decreases proportionally to the square of distance.
Even without using flash, if there is a dark distantBackground while your subject is in sunlight, the BG will turn black, for the fast exposition time for the sun lit object is too short to adequately expose the dark background.
In my case it was a wall completely in the shadow.
Even if it would have turned out dark grey, I could have made it black by increasing the contrast and decreasing the brightness of the image or of the Background only.

Sometimes this effect is researched by photographers - it can also be obtained with a black not too lucid paper set in the background, like I did forthis picture -



whereas other times photographers dislike it and use a 2nf -slave- flash to lit the background)

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Old Aug 5, 2006, 11:22 AM   #12
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Very nice series Narmer!

Am impressed with the FZ20 pics w/o any add on!
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Old Aug 5, 2006, 1:28 PM   #13
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Thank you Tchuanye

Yes in that case I had to be fast (although I spent nearly 10 mins. near those flowers full of BFs).

But in general one has to stem the will to go closer and closer: many times the broader framing is better than the closer one.

Anyway with FZ20 at 12x and 1,5m distant, only with bright sun one can manage to obtain sharp pics like #2 (a small crop of a 50% resize, but I could have also used a nearly 100% crop after NR).

On the other hand I must say that I have had some difficulty to shot Damsels with 5T only: far better to use 5T + 6T eventually with less zoom

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A pity that Pana has not developed on later models the FZ5 macro zoom at 1m
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Old Aug 5, 2006, 8:22 PM   #14
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Fantastic shots again, Francesco!

I am still searching for #1, but I guess I will not find this butterfly up here.

Trying to avoid additional lenses, a have tested the new toy of my wife.
1cm macro mode, 6MP, Steve has (had) one these miniature cameras (no Pana) ;-)
example
"http://sgsg.zoto.com/img/original/1684048be652d58ac8110bb2f5852990-.jpg"

This is one of the small ants here.
No addon lens! We need a +20 diopt. reversed lens to get such a magnification.
A nice toy as long as the bugs cooperate at this small distances.

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Old Aug 6, 2006, 10:32 AM   #15
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Thanks Sven

also see these Dragonflies (gallery page 14 and 13).

Congratulations for your last pics in your pages:


I had overlooked this photo of yours up here.
Simple and perfect.
Do you have the Exif data and do you remember the PP done ?

Narmer

PS
Maybe +20 is too much for such an ant photo (it makes portraits of ants), butwhich camera is that one?Really a strong macro performer...
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Old Aug 6, 2006, 11:23 AM   #16
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Hi Franscesco,

I like the artificial backgrounds with the DGs. This is definately better than a "bad" natural background in some cases.

As far as I know, I did not publish the butterfly here.
Issoria lathonia (L., 1758) Queen of Spain Fritillary
This could have been an easy job.....FZ5, Mcon 40, 40cm distance
f:5,0 aperture priority, exp. bias -1,natural light, t 1/250, focal length 33.5, ISO 80,

..but this butterfly was in the focal plane for just a part of a second.
There was not enough time for a good composition.
I had to add some structure at the upper and left side.
The right wing was darker, this had to be fixed.
The rest is standard:
- resizing to 1000 pixels in steps of 500
- neat image NR
- USM 0,3, 80% (simple usm no contrast masking)
- USM 250, 15% (restoring contrast)

Our new small camera is a Sanyo xacti E6.
A non expanding camera with 3'' lcd and 3*zoom, perfect for travelling.
Macro starts with 1cm - quite a challenge for me and the insects ;-)

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Old Aug 6, 2006, 5:14 PM   #17
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Thank you Sven
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Old Aug 8, 2006, 7:56 AM   #18
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The second pic is fantastic!!!
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thanks dian
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 11:31 PM   #20
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Francesco, you keep putting the bar higher every time you post something. Simply,, excellent.

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