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Old Aug 21, 2006, 7:24 PM   #1
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Old Aug 21, 2006, 11:40 PM   #2
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Old Aug 22, 2006, 7:51 AM   #3
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Nice flight capture bkrownd! I like the crop of the Bee and flower in #1. Did you do this handheld and what is your camera and setup?
Some CC:
You do have a bit of noise in both shots that can easily be fixed by running them through noise reduction software. I use Neat Image http://www.neatimage.com to clear up noise when shooting at the higher ISO's. I took the liberty of running your first shot through neat image. Hope you don't mind.

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Old Aug 22, 2006, 8:16 AM   #4
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bkrownd, This is also a beautiful shot! Love the Bokeh in the background.
A little noise reduction and resized for the forum.
Would love to see some of the bird life on the Island, keep posting.

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Old Aug 22, 2006, 8:25 AM   #5
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Good job KEM, constructive CC is always good. :-)
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Old Aug 22, 2006, 9:04 AM   #6
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Thanks. I haven't ventured into PP yet. Still working on making better raw images.
I tried a couple quick iterations of despeckle, but preferred to keep the
detail. Your NR also took the sparkle out of the flower petals, but I'll
guess you didn't want to spend all day masking them.

I like the way the bees' legs are all dangly, so it appears that they're
floating limply, entranced by the flowers - or maybe getting sucked in by
a tractor beam.

I just have an FZ7 without attachments. For an hour I parked on this flower
and hit burst-mode everytime a bee flew in the view, and I got 4 frames that
were keepers. Bees are much easier than birds, though. I don't have any good
pics of native birds yet. They always get too pixellated because they're so
small up in the trees. I have a TC-E17ED and monopod on the way.


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Old Aug 22, 2006, 8:57 PM   #7
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Sounds like your going to have a nice setup. The Leica 12x(35 -420mm) 2.8 lens on these cameras is killer. I used to shoot with the older FZ10 and the LTZ10 1.5x tele converter. Took great pictures as long as I stayed below 400ISO and never used the Digital zoom.
As for retaining the sparkle; I just used the auto profile and default setting in Neat Image to quickly filter your images. Neat Image has lots of control on what and how it corrects so if you want to retain certain aspects of the photo you can.
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Thanks. I haven't ventured into PP yet. Still working on making better raw images.
I tried a couple quick iterations of despeckle, but preferred to keep the
detail. Your NR also took the sparkle out of the flower petals, but I'll
guess you didn't want to spend all day masking them.

I like the way the bees' legs are all dangly, so it appears that they're
floating limply, entranced by the flowers - or maybe getting sucked in by
a tractor beam.

I just have an FZ7 without attachments. For an hour I parked on this flower
and hit burst-mode everytime a bee flew in the view, and I got 4 frames that
were keepers. Bees are much easier than birds, though. I don't have any good
pics of native birds yet. They always get too pixellated because they're so
small up in the trees. I have a TC-E17ED and monopod on the way.

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Old Aug 22, 2006, 11:44 PM   #8
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What size images are people comfy with? (If I was on dial-up I don't
think I'd visit the photo sections at all. ) I have a
mega-monitor, so all that noise gets smoothed away when I look at them,
and Firefox always downsizes the image to the firefox frame size.


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800 x 600 is a good start for sizing, then you don't have to scroll side to side to read peoples posts. Thanks for asking. :-)
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