Mike FL: For little over $2 million, you can get Leica 1600mm/F5.6. How is that sound?
That's one big little red dot!
I still see the nightmare from pic #1 occasionally, only with more spiders. I'll try the sword thing, thanks!
Photoman: Why would anyone spend so much money on a compact sensor size camera? Is it a Asian market thing?
tinetz is right, it's the interface. All the buttons and functions are where i want them to be. The camera is responsive and behaves like a dslr but fits in my pocket. It's the first compact i've ever used that i truly enjoy using. You want manual exposure, Av, exposure compensation, auto iso, long exposure with 2-second delay, flash synch at 1/1000s with the popup, WB control, filter effects at the spin of a wheel?..... It's all there and very easy to get to. When you're on the go (ex: with family) will come with you easily without weighing you down and delaying everyone, and it won't frustrate you like a p&s or a camera phone.I'd love to see a body with wi-fi.
Steve Balcombe: Canon has been using a fluorine coating on high-end lenses for some time. It's incredibly effective.
Canon uses both:http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_400mm_f_2_8l_is_ii_usm
Spoff: This site should take these photos down. Would they post them if they were of people manipulated in such a manner against their will? They are in bad taste. I have no issue with heavy photoshop work but hurting beings to get a picture simply has no place here.
Prove it, post a "making of" video.
Florian's admiration and respect of nature, and his wonderful images, are all inspiring. Thank you.
Yikes, nice lens!
rottenbull: The way ppl reacts does tells me,this is art.If all of us will say the same,it will be just some boring,non staged,real nature photos.What we need to see here,is the vision of the photographer,who used some insects and some other animals as models (probably unpaid) to create images.I have never read a word from him saying this is documentary type nature photography.Ya all moaning here,but can any of this moaners recreate the same level?
The argument is not about art, it's about ETHICS.
NDaniel: Do I need to call THE GREEN PEACE HERE?
The links and clarifications provided in this thread provide ample evidence that these wild animals have been removed from their habitat (which in most countries is illegal) and that they have been extensively manipulated into unnatural poses, so much that many of us here, and me included, have serious doubts that they survived the photo shoot. Especially given the nonsensical explanation of the photographer. You may say it's just a frog with a mantis on its head, or a snail crawling over a toad, but there are people who seriously object to the mistreatment of animals. How would you feel about a picture of a lion with a gazelle taking a nap on its back? Would you consider it "artistic genius"? Such practices should be frowned upon (at least) and not praised like they are here by DPR.
Gotta love the 67!!!!!
Dames01: Wonderful work! Anyone who has tried macro photography of insects will appreciate the amount of patience involved in achieving such exceptional images...
"But I really DESPISE cruelty to living things."I absolutely agree with Peter on this. These photos are simply UNACCEPTABLE and UNETHICAL. DPR should take them down and post an apology.
The Name is Bond: This isn't so much macro photography as art. The macro bit is practically incidental. the insects themselves are indistinct and even barely even visible. What would be distracting backgrounds/bokeh is an attractive part of a whole. I wouldn't want to do this with my kind of portraiture but I have to applaud the use of what's normally termed 'bad bokeh'.
Bravo on some marvellously inventive photography.
In my country, this kind of "art" is illegal.
clicstudio: Who cares how it was done. If the insects are dead or alive, posed or not. They all look amazing.What matters is the end product.Stop criticizing without knowledge.
If you want to take posed pictures, take pictures of humans: you don't have to kill them to get them in the position you want them to be in.
jpdenk: Way too much Photoshop in there for my taste, and concern about what had to be done to the subjects to construct those images.
Seriously Fahmi, a mantis on a frog's head? Please. Both are dead.
Derek Dean: I think these are incredibly beautiful images. I've noticed that no matter what, there are always folks who can't see the beauty because they are so caught up in their own drama. That's their loss.
And thank you, Nordin, for posting a bit about how you shot these. I'm a big fan of Photoshop, and your use of it here is inspired.
It's not photoshot that's bothersome, it's that the animals depicted here obviously did not survive the photo shoot.
nordin seruyan: Thank you for the comments, whether in form of appreciation or critics, which both are highly appreciated. I can clarify that none of the insects in my pictures are tortured nor killed to pose. No glue nor wire used. Most of the pose are natural pose of the insect/animal. I did carefully move the position of insect in some pictures to specific staged place such as leaves or water shallow surface or grass. The backgrounds are taken separately using manual lens which has bokeh character, by adding water spray in the back with natural light and compose two pictures in photoshop, by masking method and adjust the color saturation. It's not a controversial form of art in photography in my opinion. It's just a part of my art creation process to present the other side of macro photography.
I agree with bjhk. I don't mind if you change the backgrounds, i don't even mind the doughnut bokeh. But if those insects and amphibians had to be sacrificed in the name of "art", i find it despicable.
miles green: Terrific pics!I always give up because the bubbles pop on me very quickly. I think my bubble recipe is not quite right?? (Seriously: i have a 3-year-old!) How big are these bubbles?
Thanks a lot for the tips Richard, i will try that. :)
Congrats to Pentax for offering this at this price point, compared to the competition. Plus the 645Z is weather-sealed: the perfect landscape camera.
Congrats also to the 9 spammers who owned this not-yet-released camera and already returned it. DPR, I think the "I had it" button is just a spam-invite....
Terrific pics!I always give up because the bubbles pop on me very quickly. I think my bubble recipe is not quite right?? (Seriously: i have a 3-year-old!) How big are these bubbles?