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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:49 pm 
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Was itching to get out of the house (and, yes, away from Camera Labs :wink: ) and take a stroll through the Nature Park not far from our new place -- maybe read a book for a while too. Brought my camera with me? You bet I did. Read at all from my book? Nope. Once you start clicking away ... can't stop. I'm sure you understand.

The following are a selection of my favorites. I did some minor post-processing (Well, IMHO, it's not overdone--you may think otherwise).

Enjoy. Comments welcomed :? :)

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Canon 40D | Canon EF 50mm 1.4
50mm | f/4 | ISO 200 | 1/2000 sec
PP: B&W, vignetting, contrast

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50mm | f/4 | ISO 200 | 1/2000 sec
PP: slight rotate, crop, auto contrast

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50mm | f/4 | ISO 200 | 1/500 sec
PP: slight color temperature, curves, contrast

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Canon 40D | Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
135mm | f/5.6 | ISO 250 | 1/200 sec
PP: slight crop

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135mm | f/5.6 | ISO 250 | 1/125 sec
PP: B&W, vignetting, contrast

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135mm | f/5.6 | ISO 250 | 1/250 sec
PP: vignetting, contrast

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135mm | f/5.6 | ISO 125 | 1/400 sec
PP: slight color temperature, touched up the water (removed speckles caused by dust, feathers, etc)

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135mm | f/5.6 | ISO 125 | 1/200 sec
PP: B&W, contrast

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Canon 40D | Canon EF 50mm 1.4
50mm | f/4 | ISO 125 | 1/500 sec
PP: color temperature, vibrancy to blues, curves

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:23 pm 
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I like #2 and 4 the most, great set. :)

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i like 2 and 8 very coool shots what nature park can i ask ??

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:54 pm 
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Thanks.

Oh it's just a simple park here in Rexburg, ID (pop: <20k) -- golf course nearby, obviously a pond w/ ducks, trails for jogging, picnic areas.

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Yungnuo YN560 + YN560ii (x2) + Cactus V4

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Hi,
I like 4 a lot (I have something similar with a sheep in NZ I took with my film camera almost 10 years ago, the expression on their faces is quite funny). I also like 5, the composition is good and the B&W makes it more special than a color one.

Regarding 2, I like macro, but did you notice that the focus is on the body? I know it's difficult, but in these shots, it's important that the focus will be on the head and not the middle of the body.

Keep up the good work.

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Thanks, amitzil, for the compliments.

Regarding the macro, yes, I did notice the unfortunate mis-focus. But hey, it was the best one of the handful I took of Mr. Grasshopper. Thanks for the tip to focus on the head though. Should've tightened up the aperture (5.6, 8 ) for a wider DoF? Or taken more images?

You're right. Macro IS difficult. Tricky stuff when I set the manual focus as close as possible and lean in and out slowly--well, for one, not to disturb the subject, of course--but, two, to get the focus right.

Well, what can i say. Gotta keep gettin' out there and refining the skill, right?

Thanks again.

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Yungnuo YN560 + YN560ii (x2) + Cactus V4

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Hi MrKman,
I don't have many macro photos yet (I plan to buy the Raynox DCR-250 for my 70-200 lens to do some macros soon), but I read quite a lot about that. It's not easy, the best advice I got so far is to practice and then practice some more.

Regarding the aperture, with a proper macro lens, I think people close the aperture to f/8 or even f/11 or f/16, so I guess there is no exception here (if it's possible, depending on the light of course).
Also, moving back and forward instead of rotating the focus ring is a good technique that I've read about.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:53 pm 
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Ah, the Raynox DCR-250. Looked it up. Seems nice. Probably nicer than these I got this past summer ($10~$15):

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They're alright. Here's an example (can't remember which of the four i used -- probably +4 or +10)

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Samyang 14 f/2.8 + Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 + Samyang 35 f/1.4 + Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Yungnuo YN560 + YN560ii (x2) + Cactus V4

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