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 Post subject: Butterflies & Birds
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:29 pm 
Had a bash at photographing some butterflies today and got a bit too "up close and personal" for comfort with some birds:

Important Notice: Viewers of a nervous disposition should keep a safe distance from their screen when viewing the last image as a shockingly loud shirt is featured :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:35 pm 
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Nice shots Mark!

PS - is that you at the end?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:34 pm 
Thanks Gordon, yes that's me. Thought it was about time I put my face to my name.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:19 am 
Gordon, good job you don't do your videos with a shirt like that :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:51 am 
Nice shot Mark ! :D
I liked the 3rd pic - the small DOF makes it stand out quite well - though I think it was slightly off-focus. Or maybe my eye-sight not up to standard.
The colours are amazing though - any processing done ? or is it Just Natural from the camera. !

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:30 am 
Hi David and thanks for your comments, I love the DOF on the 3rd one too. Yeah it's not as sharp as it could be. I was shooting continuously in the hope that one would hit the mark and they were moving and flying here and there so quickly that it was hard to actually pin one down and this one came the closest.

Sadly the colours didn't come naturally, I increased saturation and contrast in Photoshop.

You mentioned in my other thread that Sanya was your ancestral home, I'd be interested to hear more about that, have you been here before or does the connection go very far back? I have a friend from the UK who came here 15 years ago and she said that the main beach, Yalong Bay was just a beach and there were no big hotels. Today, the Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott etc are all here! Fortunately commercialism hasn't gone too wild though and the whole place is still quite unspoilt.....for now!!

Anyway, back to the butterflies, there's a place here called Butterfly Valley which I'm going to visit in the next day or two and it is supposed to have the most beautiful species of butterflies so that will give me some good practice on DOF and focusing.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:32 pm 
Hi Mark
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Hainan Island is the birth place of my grand-father,
unfortunately I have not been there... yet.. and my 'roots' are all blurred.. :roll:

I was hoping you can see and share the 'show' with me / us here in the forum.. :wink:


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(off topic - Roy, I actually do have a shirt a bit like that! Maybe for the next video...)


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 Post subject: Butterfly Valley
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:18 pm 
Went to this place called Butterfly Valley yesterday and had a pretty disastrous time with my pics :( I took about 150 and could only use very few of them because I was concentrating on DOF too much and forgot about shutter speed. I was taking pics and looking at them afterwards and even zooming in and they looked fine, but as soon as I uploaded them, blur was obvious.

I wonder, how do people compromise between DOF and shutter speed? I left my camera on aperture priority and only later realised that as I was shooting moving objects....and these butterflies wouldn't stay still for a second!...that I should have used shutter priority instead....stupid!

Anyway, here's the few sharpest ones of the butterflies and a lizard I saw:

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I tried the "more vivid" setting on the camera as I always seem to be increasing saturation and in processing I just cropped and increased contrast.


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Phantastic Mark!
Learn from your own errors. You'll never forget those...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:52 am 
Great Shots Mark
Dont worry about making mistakes - we all make them
Some like me - tend to make them more often than not :?

Looks like a wonderful place to go for a relaxation vacation !


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:05 am 
Those are great shots, even if you only kept a few.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:19 pm 
Thanks for your feedback, your encouragement is much appreciated and needed :)

I'm happy to report I had a more successful day today shooting monkeys! New thread to follow......


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