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Old Aug 13, 2008, 9:22 PM   #1
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These are Bird's Nest Fungi (probably genus Cyathus)). The fungus is underground, its spore bearing bodies erupting sequentially in a line on the surface. The "cups" are vase shaped, their tops opening to exposing packets of spores that will be forceably ejected when struck by rain drops (or sprinklers). They are quite small - 7 mm or less. The first three were taken hand held with a Tamron 90 mm Di macro on the K10, the second three (may be a different species) were out of reach for the macro and were taken with the Tamron 70-300 on the K100 either hand held or with a monopod. Selected from a large series of exposures - all were in shade, some with flash or a Digi-slave L-Ring Ultra ring lamp (90mm only). EXIF included (the ring lamp will not be indicated, since it is not a flash). The 90mm is new - the shots were trial shots to see if the lens was OK, taken with automatic exposures only (no manual adjustment), the macro zoom used similarly for comparison (also the first shots processed on the Mac with PSE6}; better DOF could probably be achieved manually, but these are interesting to share nonetheless.

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5 (motion blur - would have been sharper with flash)
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Very interesting, Penolta! Excellent detail and exposure. I would think you like the results from the 90mm Di Macro? Looks fine to me.

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Thanks Dennis. So far, so good - people commenting here seem to like this lens a lot, but with all the recent comments about lenses not focussing properly on K10 and K20 bodies, I guess I am being extra cautious. With the recent price drop plus the rebate, $357 (after rebate) from B&H for a lens still being advertised at $499 looked pretty good, so I took advantage of it.
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I'm impressed Penolta, Nice pics! looks to me like a good lens!
Now I need to ask a question I was hoping I could figure out myself but, haven't had any luckā€¦ how do I read the EXIF on images post online?:-?
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GW, you need an exif reader. One is PhotoME. It is the most thorough but also a bit harder to use for quick checks.

Another I use is Opanda.

Both are free. When you have them installed, just right click on the photo and if there is exif info, it will show you.

Not all photos will have exif info. When you save for web with Photoshop, it strips the exif. Also, depending on the hosting service used affects the availabilty of exif info too.

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