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Three new shots from me:

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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
WTF?? I'm hoping the dragonfly was already dead...
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Originally Posted by GTRacer View Post
Three new shots from me:



I absolutely adore that shot. It's as disorienting as a giant ferris wheel. Exciting composition and shapes.

Here's a little fun around the bonfire Saturday night:

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Originally Posted by Mrvile View Post
WTF?? I'm hoping the dragonfly was already dead...
No, but my wife used to raise Dragonflies in Trinindad and knows how to handle them. He was immediatedly released and hung out with us almost the whole time as we hiked around Stratton Lake.

No animals (or insects) were hurt in the making of that picture. Their wings are quite flexible.
We are nature lovers. When we catch a roach in our apartment, we cup them and let them go on with their business outside.
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
No, but my wife used to raise Dragonflies in Trinindad and knows how to handle them. He was immediatedly released and hung out with us almost the whole time as we hiked around Stratton Lake.

No animals (or insects) were hurt in the making of that picture. Their wings are quite flexible.
We are nature lovers. When we catch a roach in our apartment, we cup them and let them go on with their business outside.
Ok whew, that picture made me really nervous.
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Critters:

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Shot before I got my 28-105, so they were cropped fairly significantly (shot these with the 50mm 1.8). Otherwise, straight out of the camera. They look overly warm on my work monitor... time to get a calibration device.
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Awww, they are so cute. Great pictures GlendaleViper, even if heavily croped.
post #1644 of 1782
this thread inspired me to get into photography months ago. i bought myself a camera for my birthday, been playing around with it. here are some i liked...









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Mrvile, man your macro shots never cease to amaze me! Every picture is dagger sharp and I don't even know how you manage to find those little critters. Mind sharing a few pointers?
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You meant never ceased?
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Around Toronto - First shots with the 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

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A few shots taken on a walk during my lunch break after picking up the new lens. Once again, no post-processing beyond resizing for web. Thanks to the zoom, no cropping was used. Think I'm getting back into the swing of things. Been a LONG time since I kept an SLR by my side. She's a keeper!

[EDIT] Just for the record, I'm realizing my comments seem to shun the world of PP - this is not the case. I use Photoshop, etc. heavily where an image or composition calls for it. Just been trying to hone my craft with the camera as much as possible, because one thing I DON'T like, is bad photos that get over processed. Been spending a lot of time over at photography on the net and there seems to be a camp of pretentious people that think Post Processing (Darkroom, anyone?) is blasphemy and I want to seperate myself as far as I can from that school of thought.
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Before my flight back home last week, I stopped by the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles. What a cool place! I devoured all things air & space as a kid, and this totally brought me back to that point again - so many cool planes, so little time to explore and photograph them all. Here are a few of my favorites (all taken with the 24-70L):

Light and shadow


Flying Tiger


Thunderbolt


Skyliner


In Your Face


Thrust


Enterprise


Take 2
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Originally Posted by skyline889 View Post
Mrvile, man your macro shots never seem to amaze me! Every picture is dagger sharp and I don't even know how you manage to find those little critters. Mind sharing a few pointers?
Why I'm flattered! Ok, here we go:

I've pretty much been through all the paces with macro; I've experimented with different lighting, lenses, techniques, and here are some things I've noticed to get a sharp photo...

1. Don't crop too much - do it only for composition and not for magnification. Cropping can be very obvious, and pictures tend to look softer or grainy and, well, rather amateur. If you want to get closer, use your hands and feet or get a longer lens, just don't use the mouse.

2. Watch your focus. I'm a firm believer of "key focusing," where as long as the important aspects of the subject are in focus, the image will appear sharp, no matter how much of the image is out of focus. Always try to focus on the eyes or head of the subject, so this way you don'thave to worry about the rest of the subject being OOF. Finally, if the point of focus in the shot isn't where you want it to be, don't use it. If you notice the misfocus of the shot, so will others.

3. Watch your lighting. I used to use a lot of flash, which does help freeze the subject and allows you to use smaller apertures for longer DOF, but I felt that flash gave me results that looked a bit too artificial so now I'm relying a lot more on natrual light. And while I personally prefer overcast, cloudy days for more diffuse light, there's nothing wrong with direct sunlight either, as long as you use it to your advantage instead of let it hinder you. Direct sunlight can produce some great results, but it can also botch a photo, so be careful. If there's too much sun, go later in the afternoon or earlier in the morning when you can use the light as backlighting or rimlighting to get some cool effects.

4. Be smart with post-processing - a lot of times it can make or break a photo. More contrast tends to make pictures look sharper, but don't overdo it. Also, Unsharp Mask (USM) is still the best way to sharpen a photo, IMO. Always sharpen after you resize - sharpening should be the very last thing you do. For an image resized to fit on most computer screens, I use these USM settings: Amount 100%, Radius 0.3, Threshold 2. The effect isn't going to be great, so if you need more, run it through again with the same settings. Also, if there is any trace of noticeable noise, do some noise reduction. Photoshop's Reduce Noise function works alright, but it tends to affect the sharpness of the photo. I like NeatImage instead, and it does a great job keeping detail while smoothing out noise. I generally do: Noise Levels - Luminance Channel 0%, Chrominance Channel 0%. Noise Reduction Amounts - Luminance Channel 80%, Chrominance Channel 100%.

That's it for now, I hope it helps. If you can any more questions don't hesitate to ask
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Great tips. I'm definitely going to try your PP techniques. I've been using unsharpening mask, but my settings vary from picture to picture, and half of the time, I'm not very satisfied with the results.

Here's a pic I took about a month ago. It was my first time using the 70-200 f4L as my it was borrowed from my father's friend. I know the dress and chair on the left hand side are slightly blown out, but in general, it's one of my better pictures. =T

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