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  1. #4301
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    Just been so busy taking photos.... Here's one of my early photos from today though I have yet to go through past photos and am out on another outing tomorrow. I just sort of liked this one because I thought that the other vehicle with the raised wheels in the background was a nice touch.

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    Cold enough for a fire huh, who'd have thought 40C 2 weeks ago.

    Thanks Auchuang/K1W1. I see I've been overcompressing relative to others, I was a bit concerned about file size but I'll make them around 200-300kB from now on - sorry in advance for the budget Jeff.

    On the subject of sharpness I'd like opinions. Here's actual pixels from the cam. A close crop of a praying mantis. The cam recorded as jpeg normal, default settings - (I haven't been using vivid). I then opened the jpeg image in photoshop to crop and saved as a jpeg again at approx max quality. No post cam sharpening but it has been through those 2 jpeg compressions.

    Iso200, 130mm, Ap prior F16 (none of my F10 shots quite got focus on the face), spot metering, 0EV, 1/200 sec live but stationary bug, tripod, nat light.

    Is this as sharp as you would expect?
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  3. #4303
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Cold enough for a fire huh, who'd have thought 40C 2 weeks ago.

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  4. #4304
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNB View Post
    Just been so busy taking photos.... Here's one of my early photos from today though I have yet to go through past photos and am out on another outing tomorrow. I just sort of liked this one because I thought that the other vehicle with the raised wheels in the background was a nice touch.
    whoa ! that shot rocks. vey nice catch.
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  5. #4305
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Thanks All. I'm thinking of buying a macro lens like Rooz has eg the Sigma 150mm. I'm just reluctant to invest another $700 in photography gear at the moment! Damn NAS.

    Here's the result of another 3 hours work, this time to get 1 shot I liked. I'm having real troubles getting focus on bugs with the 18-200VR.

    This shot is 18-200VR @ 95mm, Ap prior F16, 2.5 sec, nat light again (I still haven't worked out off cam flash), 0EV, cloth background. The F8 shots Rooz suggested should be sharper just weren't focussed right - darn. Oh and I'll admit this shot is post mortem unfortunately (not done to take a photo but rather to keep the kids happy). Sorry bug.
    Nice shot. You might want to consider a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. I used one for a couple months and it is a great lens. You can get it right now from B&H for $449.00 with a $90.00 mail in rebate. For the price the lens can not be beat. Do some research on it and I am sure you will be impressed.
    Bob Benner

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  6. #4306
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2digital View Post
    What a good close-up picture of a Mantis. I suggest trying other backgrounds because it is a little bright.
    I agree. Great pic. Since the mantis is light colored, think a darker background would increase the contrast and look a little better (in my opinion).

  7. #4307
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    It could just be me, but it seems like most of the photos you've posted from you D300 seem washed out and overexposed. That can also prevent it from looking as sharp as it should have been.
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  8. #4308
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    You have to realize, this but was shot with an 18-200VR, not a macro lens. It's a severe crop, and very difficult to achieve. Still, a little less exposure may have boosted the saturation a bit.
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  9. #4309
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    Dread Pirate Roberts hope you don't mind but I did a little post work on your image.
    It perhaps may be a little too saturated on the green side having not viewed the lil buger. All things considered you've done an excellent job considering your tools.

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  10. #4310
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    new to slr

    Just bought a nikon d40x before my trip to costa rica so I am very new at this. Let me know what you all think of this photo, any comments or criticism is very much appreciated.
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