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Old Sep 14, 2009, 6:34 PM   #1
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Default new k7 - first snapshots (10 images)

Mornings and evenings have been overcast with bright sun at midday - hardly the best lighting conditions, and I haven't even read the manual yet, but I had to try it out - jpegs at all defaults except file size. Backlit subjects against the sky were tough, but the sensor recorded enough detail to be recovered with pp, not the best but saved nonetheless. K7 with Tamron 18-250 (didn't anticipate what I would get or I would have used the Tamron 70-300 macro)

1 I had just stepped outside when a Monarch landed in front of me and began laying eggs - I could have waited months to catch this

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2 Worn wings lose their scale and become shiny in the sun

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3 Recovered in pp from a silhouette against the light background (butterfly was almost black)

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4 Gulf Fritillary

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5 Male Flame Skipper (tiny - compare flower size with the next ones)

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Old Sep 14, 2009, 6:41 PM   #2
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6 Painted Lady (side view, toplit)

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7 Same, backlit

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8 Same

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9 Paper Wasp

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10 Passion Flower (shade, flash)

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Old Sep 14, 2009, 7:18 PM   #3
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Wow, is all I can say Pen. sometimes its better to be lucky, than good!
All nice shots specially considering the circumstances.
I can see there is a K7 in my future.
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I am not ready to upgrade as I have not completely mastered K20D. With all these stellar examples , I am saving now. Probably not in time for K7 before the new replacement comes in

BTW nice collection indeed

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Old Sep 14, 2009, 9:12 PM   #5
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I love the color and contrast you have in those images, one of the positive points of an overcast day.

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Old Sep 14, 2009, 9:19 PM   #6
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Very nice pictures! Looks like you won't have any trouble, especially if these are what you get without having read the manual. Congrats on the new camera.
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Old Sep 15, 2009, 12:09 AM   #7
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Thanks GW, Daniel, Tom and Harriet for looking and commenting.

Tom, these were taken in the early afternoon after the gloomy overcast had cleared - most in bright overhead sunlight, which the sensor handled remarkably well, and a breeze was blowing. I took 48 exposures, and while I missed sharp focus on some (all were hand held), exposures were very consistent - only one was so far off exposure that I almost discarded it - that was no. 3 where the spot meter read the background and seriously underexposed the subject. Apparently this sensor records more than it displays and can allow recovery of seriously bad exposures. No highlights were seriously blown at all, and there was only one other underexposure that I never should have attempted. The few that verged on overexposure were ones where fill flash was too close to the subject in the bright sunlight (didn't have a diffuser with me). Only a couple were complete blurs - on shots through vegetation that confused the autofocus (no time for manual with moving subjects). A limited set of conditions, but first impressions are very favorable, but I would be lying if I said no post processing was required.
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Ah, butterflies are like flowers that can fly : ) Actually these unpredictable creatures aren't easy subjects especially when the breeze is blowing, which requires a higher shutterspeed than shooting a flower! Some frames display indications high sharpening though. Assuming you shot them in JPEG mode as first snapshots, I'd turn off all kind of in camera sharpening but use the smart sharpening in photoshop instead. Shooting in RAW is preferable of course as you know. Congrats on your K7 and thanks for sharing these beauties!
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Great to see such a fine camera in such talented hands! Congratulations on your new acquisition, and on such a great lepidopteran series. And thanks for sharing your comments and insights as well!
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Congratulations on your K-7 purchase.

These are wonderful first shots. In your capable hands we will be seeing many more fine pictures as you explore all the useful modes of this camera. Enjoy this fine tool.

Nice first shots!

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