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Old May 20, 2006, 5:46 AM   #31
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Here is another using the same setup, but with a dark background.

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Old May 20, 2006, 8:26 AM   #32
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Whoo! That's a guy you'd like to invite for dinner...

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Old May 21, 2006, 7:09 PM   #33
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Here's a picture of the whole flower and a couple of leaves - it looks like a vine of some sort (taken with the 50-200DA lens). The flower is fairly featureless.

I tried to adjust my monitor using Adobe Gamma, but haven't had much luck. I did a fair job of coming up with a better profile for the laptop's monitor, but what I came up with for my big monitor was terrible. The monitor's color balance seems pretty good - it's more the light/dark adjustment. I went back to the default settings and it is better.

Since my other half wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday, I told him about the Phoenix lens. He's ordered it from B&H (he still doesn't like to buy off of ebay). In the meantime, I've been having fun with some really outstanding sunsets and the 50-200 lens. The more I use it, the more I like it.
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hope you saved some $$ and ordered the non AF version as you really don't need it for macros.. whats wrong with ebay????? gotten 90% of all my ''stuff'' there...
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Old May 21, 2006, 9:32 PM   #35
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He bought a new one from B&H, and they only carry the AF one.

It's raining here, and I got a chance to try the extension tube and the 50mm 1.7 lens on some wet grape leaves.


Added - now that I see this on the internet, is this a bit too light, or is it this monitor?
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Old May 21, 2006, 10:04 PM   #36
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i'd add some shadow, but that's my eye.. contrast and saturation is me.. depends on the image.
but , yes, it, it seems a little light to me on my hopefully calibrated monitor..
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Old May 21, 2006, 11:17 PM   #37
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Another try - the color of the background was bothering me, so I changed it. Son't know if this remake is any better - I changed the levels for the leaf to add shadow, then took out most of the color and darkened the background. Think I over-did it, though. Let me know if you think it's better or worse, and then I'll let this one lie.
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Old May 22, 2006, 12:08 AM   #38
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I really like what you've done with it. The second leaf pops better and the definition on the droplets seems stronger.

I like.

How do you do lens reversals? Is it some sort of ring that goes on the cam and then screws into the filter?

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The second one is absolutely better – at least as seen on my screen.

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Old May 22, 2006, 12:11 AM   #40
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Here's a picture of the whole flower and a couple of leaves - it looks like a vine of some sort (taken with the 50-200DA lens). The flower is fairly featureless.

It's a Vinca minor, english name Lesser Periwinkle. We have it in the garden, so it's not that exotic after all.

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