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Old May 2, 2011, 6:36 AM   #11
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Here's the summer form (summer already??) of an Eastern Comma, also enjoying some good sunshine.
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Old May 2, 2011, 6:37 AM   #12
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Trying some soft-focus effect on a Buckeye butterfly in the Scouring-Rush thicket (do you like this effect, or is it distracting?)
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Old May 2, 2011, 6:39 AM   #13
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And, just for Penolta who loves Zebra Swallowtails, here are a few more, from a recent puddling party...
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Old May 2, 2011, 6:40 AM   #14
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A quick stop at Blue Hole, down at the base of the mountain, just to see how the K20D does on waterfall shots...
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Old May 2, 2011, 6:42 AM   #15
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Had planned to go on up to the firestower as well, but road and trail are closed due to storm damage, so will have to return later.

Am still learning how to use the new camera, as you can see...

Hope you enjoyed the hike, and that you will share your comments, critique, and suggestions!
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Old May 2, 2011, 9:22 AM   #16
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Great job Mole, looks like it's YOU not the camera that produces those great images. Now you just have a better tool to work with.

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Old May 3, 2011, 10:24 PM   #17
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Another series, up to your usual high standards. The third HDR doesn't seem to add much, looks too much like what I would imagine the middle exposure is like. The first two are nice, you've handled the issue of halos very well. And while they don't quite look "natural", I quite like them. The software has "flattened" the picture in a way - can't quite explain it but I don't think there's as much feel of different distances as there is with the non-HDR series. Nothing to say that's wrong, its just different. My favorite is the second waterfall - very nice.
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Although a little exaggerated, I like the second HDR best - it shows the vegetation and minimizes the contrails in the sky (which I find distracting). I also like the fog effects between the distant ranges. Very nice.

The Trilliums are an interesting group - I've not seen such colorful ones as the last two.

And you are right, I do like Zebra Swallowtails, but I also like their unmentioned little fellow puddlers (Tailed Blues?) in the first group.

Great series, as usual.
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The HDR work is outstanding. How else could you get the dynamic range? Very nice.
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Great photos. I love the box turtles.
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