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Old Aug 25, 2010, 9:16 AM   #1
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still goin through the couple thousand shots I did over weekend, slow computer taking forever to handle image sizes.

heres a few i got around to resizing














i loved the stages of nature as seen in that last shot, though its not spectacular shot, I really like it. The moody sky adds to the image but made it extremely hard to shoot all day

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It looks like you had both low light and some wind while taking these. Nice job under difficult circumstances. The first one is my favorite. I would try removing some of the noise in it though.

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thanks for the comments, I had storm clouds over all 8 hours of shooting.

I cant believe it didnt rain one drop. It made for very tough lighting without having batteries for flash and also hard to white balance, I managed to come away with quite a few keepers, though I was very trigger happy
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That's a good start,NMR!
Believe it or not, cloudy days can be better than bright sunny ones. To the eye, things may look better in the sun but, the camera tends to blow the high lights on bright sunny days.
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I really like that butterfly shot!

I agree with GW, I prefer the natural look to the highlights when no flash is used, in this instance the low light and smaller aperture gave the butterfly a nice abstract look.
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thanks guys for comments

Tachikoma, Me too! Several people I showed are complaining its "not in focus"
and they dont get when I tell them its not supposed to be for the effect!
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very fine color & detail on all of these, and really nice mood too.
Wonder if you could clone out the pale lines (out of focus twigs?) along the upper left of the bumblebee?
very interesting angles on the Monarch butterfly too!
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I really like that butterfly shot!

I agree with GW, I prefer the natural look to the highlights when no flash is used, in this instance the low light and smaller aperture gave the butterfly a nice abstract look.
What I've been doing lately for Macro shots of flowers and insects on flowers, while using my Pentax 50mm Macro F 2.8.....is to 'direct' some sun light...using a small portable reflector... onto the subject to better illuminate the subject.

The thing I like about this small reflector, is that it folds into a small, easy to carry unit and also I have a choice of silver or white.

I find the reflector doesn't overwhelm the macro subject like sometimes my flash will do.

Also I'm reflecting 'natural' light...not blitzing the subject with artificial light from my flash.

I've also found that I get better pictures....better light...during the early morning. The subjects at that time, if it's a sunny day can be bathed in sunlight.
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I will have to try that, I utilize reflectors in my house when doing products but never really tried them outdoors. I had thought about buying a macro ring but wasnt sure if it would scare away the subjects

I might have to pick this up lesmore

Mole, that could certainly be done, I actually didnt notice that distraction until you mentioned it.
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that one made me laugh when I thought of idea




the last series I did today, enjoy
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