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Old Apr 25, 2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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After looking at the trouble Tom's been having with the focus on his K10, yesterday I went to the Botanical Gardens to try a variety of situations. I used mostly manual focus and shot with whatever lens wide open, so I had a small DOF, and turned off SR for some of them, had it on with others. I shot a variety of subjects, mostly with a variety of distance, so I could see where the focus was.

I had some exposure problems (too much dynamic range and forgot to use spot metering), and a number with some camera shake (SR makes a difference for me). As far as focus went, it was always either right on, or so slightly off it was probably poor focusing practices by the photographer (me).

I thought these turtles came out very well - I can't believe how many of them there are now in the Botanical Gardens. In the past I've always used a smaller aperture, but think I won't any more, these are some of my best. Or it could have been because I was concentrating on my focus/photo stance more.
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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This was taken with the A300. I thought this was the strangest pose for a turtle, but he seemed to be very comfortable - he didn't move the entire time I was there.
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 10:21 PM   #3
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The first picture I posted was taken with the Phoenix 100mm macro lens. This one was also taken with the A*300.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 12:21 AM   #4
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Excellent shots! Very sharp and the exposure is dead-on!
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 1:50 AM   #5
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Good shot's mtngal.

nr2 is funny but also the way these guys can escape rather fast.

They just hang in balance and when something spooks them they just move a little, drop of whatever they are on (mostly into the water below)

Have been hunting some of those in a pond and they are faster that I ever expected in escaping.


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Old Apr 26, 2007, 4:49 AM   #6
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very very nice harriett
i literally have ''hundreds'' of these 50' from where I'm writing this. they make a good subject but the background tends to overwhelm them. you've done excellent here.
I've got a shot of these on a log and there are at least 22 of them on it. you're right about how many there are. once spring gets here they come up out of the mud to soak up the sun. the shot with the foot in the air is a favorite pose for them. i guess they are getting the best(hehe) exposure.

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edit: one i kept. quite a lot like your shot.



what PMO about this shot, is I've been accused of PS fakery(spelling?)

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Old Apr 26, 2007, 8:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for the complements, everyone.

Roy - I know you didn't fake that one - I have a very similar one, but not as nice (sun was too bright to get the exposure as well balanced as yours is). Turtles make fun subjects!
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Nice series, I especially like number one it almost makes you pull back your finger. You did gooood.

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Great series mtngal.

Some nice close up shots there.

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Old Apr 27, 2007, 9:43 PM   #10
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Very nice Harriet, that first one is a real keeper. Using a small aperture really worked for you on these ones, the bokeh is nice and really focuses attention on the turtles. Thanks for sharing them.

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