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Old Jun 24, 2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default a few larger bugs.

Seeing all those magnificent dragonfly shots I had to go get me some to.

k10d + kiron105mm [105mm 1/125sec f8 iso200 ]


k20d + sigma 100-300ex + tamron tc1.4 + flash [420mm 1/180sec f10 iso250](2 focus stacked images)


k20d + sigma 100-300ex + tamron tc1.4 + flash [420mm 1/180sec f10 iso250]


Then tried something silly.

k20d + sigma 100-300ex + panagor macro 3x tc + flash [900mm 1/40sec f4 iso800]
Full frame just resized - the above are better IMHO but at 900mm I'm just glad it turned out like this.


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Old Jun 24, 2009, 12:49 PM   #2
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These are great Ronny.
You don't mess around when it comes to getting good shots!
The last one just blows me away.
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Old Jun 24, 2009, 4:13 PM   #3
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Thanks GW,

you didn't see the bunch that found it's way into the recycle bin.

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very cool ronny. the damsels are hard to get for me.. i found it's better with no flash because it seems to go thru them..
i was out hunting for Dflies yesterday and only saw 3 on the pond when i should be seeing 30-50.. i have no idea why..
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oh,
that old vivitar never fails.. mine is a kiron make sometime in '84.. 25 years old and still performs as good as a modern lens.. sans AF tho..
mine has a lot of use but still looks like i just unpacked it..
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Ronny,

Great captures. The colors in the Damselflies are wonderful. The two Dragonflies are spot on sharp and have great detail as all your macros do. They are nicely composed as well.

The last shot is not pretty but pretty amazing!

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Thanks GW,

you didn't see the bunch that found it's way into the recycle bin.

Ronny
no kidding!!
what's your keep ratio ??
i feel great if mine is one in five, 1/5
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Agree with Lou and GW on the last one, the rest are merely superb! Robert
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Nice, Ronny. The second and third look like you could reach out and touch their eyes.

1 out of 5, Roy. That's much better than my ratio I'd hate to admit.

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no kidding!!
what's your keep ratio ??
i feel great if mine is one in five, 1/5
1ste picture the damselflies.
For macro shots of this type I start shooting at a larger distance and slowly move closer . The first shots I check the camera settings. Then going closer I only focus on getting the shots sharp and the comp I want to have.
So I do have a lot of shots that are good enough only while getting closer the subjects fill the frame better.
So the top damselflies where the best in a 20+ series.

The second/third shot is with a tripod, at a distance of more than 1 meter.
Normally I start with a few shots to check the lighting and find the position not having to much grass in the way. So 4->5 shots for that. Then put the flash on and try and see if the result is good enough or the one without the flash is better. Then take a few shots with flash, a few without, then a few with manual focus to see if I can make a focus stack of it ... so again it's a series of around 20 pictures. Again not all bad but the best ones make is the rest ....

The last picture was an experiment so as long as it was cooperating I tried to get a descent image.

So most of the time I guess I'm around 20 pictures from what I choose 1 keeper, sometimes it's a bit more.

This is the keeper for today, and if you follow the link you'll get the images without any correction only resized that didn't make it. http://rhermans.smugmug.com/gallery/...3_qcEYf#P-1-15

the reason for keeping this one has a lot to do with the background.


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