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Old Sep 12, 2007, 5:28 PM   #1
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Thought I would share this... Went outside to snap a couple of the hummingbirds and caught this guy drinking from my feeder. C&C Welcome... as always, Enjoy!

All shots takenwith Pentax K10d, Sigma APO DG 70-300mm f/4-5.6, and On-Board Flash (Exif Attached)





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Old Sep 13, 2007, 12:02 AM   #2
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Great wasp macro shots Nick. I'm loving that first one. I like the angle and framing. I just noticed a little dust bunny above the wasp's head. Minor nit that can be easily cloned out. What do you use to post process your pics and what are your steps? I think you can push the post processing contrast and sharpening a bit more to make your subject pop more.

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Hung, I use CS2 andmy normal routine is slight levels adjustment, resizing, and "Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen"

Sometimes, I will substitute USM for the Sharpen step, but other than that... it's pretty much it. I am usually worried about overdoing it.
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I use CS2 as well. Everybody has a different style or algorithm of post processing.
These are my post processing steps.

1) resize 1700
2) clone out distracting elements
3) adjust levels
4) adjust colors
5) sharpen
6) resize again to 850
8) smart sharpen: amount 20-40%, radius 0.2, remove lens blur, check the more accurate box
9) reduce noise with a noise reduction software of your choice or use the Blur tool in CS2 to clean up the background

Give it a try and let me know if it works for you.


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