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Norm in Fujino
09-04-2006, 04:56 AM
. . . at least better than before."

Out on the mountain again today at evening, but this time I had my tripod and used A-priority. Nothing spectacular, but the results are much better than last time (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23189):

A horse-fly bedding down for the night:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/_9040425w1.jpg
1/25s @ f4.0, ISO 200

An Asian Longhorn Beetle:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/_9040434w1.jpg
1/20s @ f5.0, ISO 200

A fly on a blade of grass:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/_9040376w1.jpg
1/320s @ f4.5, ISO 800

And a grasshopper--I just like the way he's camouflaged himself on a leaf with the same colors:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/_9040394w1.jpg
1/80s @ f4.5, ISO 200

All photos Olympus E-300 + 50mm f2 macro + tripod; developed with Silkypix; resized/sharpened in PS 7.0

Robert Besen
09-04-2006, 09:57 AM
Nice shots! To me in Colorado it looks like you live in an insect zoo.

ju4dy
09-04-2006, 02:15 PM
These look more real than the other ones, the lighting looks more natural. Nice work, these are beautiful, very alive. The others had great detail and were impressive in many ways, but i see what you mean about what would've made them better. There was something more harsh about the first set, more stark. In a way, the second set was like being there, not like looking at a photo. it came together.

Norm in Fujino
09-04-2006, 06:44 PM
Thanks Robert and ju4dy. Just about anywhere is an insect zoo if you get close to the ground. ;)

And yes, the lighting is all natural here, while I used flash on most of those in in the earlier series. The flash was necessary since I was hand-holding the camera in the dimming light, and wanted to preserve sufficient shutter speed to ameliorate camera shake and the potential for oof--but it didn't work well, as you can see from the results in that thread. As is often said: the single most effective thing you can do to improve your photographs is to use a tripod.

Thanks for commenting!