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  1. #1201
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    Faisal that's a cool picture.

    I do like your selective colour shots.
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  2. #1202
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    Here's my first DSLR shot



    Taken in my garden - between work and weather I've not had much time to experiment with my new toy!
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  3. #1203
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    Congratulations Droopy!

  4. #1204
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    Gareth - Congrats on the Camera!

    Flowers can be a difficult subject - make sure you've got a fast shutter speed or a tripod (or very steady hands with no wind ). I usually shoot in RAW for flowers as dSLR's tend to oversaturate them and screw up the colors with inaccurate white balance.

    Keep posting!

    Here's one from the other day.

    40D, 85 1.8 with extension tubes, f/2.5...
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  5. #1205
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    this was my picture of the day on April 16th yeaaaah im kinda slow. lulz

    this is my niece. she was about 4 months in this picture.
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  6. #1206
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    My first real foray into shooting insects. Learnt a few valuable lessons from it. Shot wasn't too bad either, so hey, why not?

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  7. #1207
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    Wow, that's awesome, Paradox! I love the clarity on the insect, with the blurred flowers. Do share what you learned
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  8. #1208
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    took this hand held at 1/6 at 200mm.....after taking half a dozen shots this came out the sharpest.

    Last edited by faisal; 05-18-2008 at 10:04 AM.
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  9. #1209
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    Quote Originally Posted by toriaj View Post
    Wow, that's awesome, Paradox! I love the clarity on the insect, with the blurred flowers. Do share what you learned
    Thanks. The things I learned were very basic but kinda important practical points.

    1. Don't, even if you're not using a proper macro lens, shoot at f/2.8. For some reason I can't figure out, I decided it was a good idea. My lens isn't exactly tack sharp at 2.8, so those were mostly awful. Plus the depth of field even with this lens was limiting. Luckily I stopped down a bit to f/4 for this one, so I got a nice clear shot of the insect. Wish I'd got further to 5.6 really, but nevermind.

    2. Forget manual and shoot in Av. I found that busily snapping away I'd forget to check the exposure reading and blow out or underexpose the shots quite often, since manual was too fiddly whilst manual focussing as well. Shifting to Av halfway through shooting helped solve this one.

    3. As said in the last point, I quickly flicked to manual focusing. The AF hunting was getting frustrating enough that I was on the point of giving up, so I took the camera out of the loop for that one.

    That's about it. As I said, it's nothing ground breaking. Just those points people stress over and over, that you don't really take in until practical experience whispers in your ear 'Damn, they were right after all!'.
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  10. #1210
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    Thanks for your tips, Paradox. I just can't get over how beautiful that shot is.
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