The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

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Tony Finnerty Senior Member • Posts: 2,581
The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

Time to start off this week's issue of The Sunday Close-Up. I've been super busy, taking more than 2,000 photos in the past week, none of them close-ups, and have to get out of here quickly to take more photos at a bluegrass festival, so I'll post a photo from a while ago, just to start the thread.
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OP Tony Finnerty Senior Member • Posts: 2,581
Clover

Clover is an often overlooked, but exquisitely beautiful wildflower:

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Richard Perry Contributing Member • Posts: 637
Weed Tassles

Just killing time hoping that the sunset would develop into something spectacular (it didn't).

Got one of those shots that I like, but I suspect few others will, but your thoughts are welcome and appreciated.

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Cephalotus Veteran Member • Posts: 3,791
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

E-1 + 50/2 + EX-25 + FL-50

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Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Re: Weed Tassles

Richard Perry wrote:

Just killing time hoping that the sunset would develop into
something spectacular (it didn't).

Got one of those shots that I like, but I suspect few others will,
but your thoughts are welcome and appreciated.

I think I'm one of those few!

Lovely.

Thicoz Contributing Member • Posts: 856
One from last week

E-1, 50 mm, F11, 1/160, ISO 100, FL-36 used on bracket.

Leejay Wu Senior Member • Posts: 2,995
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

Shot with the 50-200mm + EX-25. 50% crop. Experimenting with the FL-50 + Omnibounce as well. ISO 400, f/8, 1/160s. Handheld. No processing other than conversion in Studio (including +3 sharpening) and some extra sharpening applied in Irfanview.

Parts of the bumblebee's earmost legs are irritatingly out of the picture, but this was really the one shot I got that was actually focused on the bee -- I've been having difficulty focusing on them when they move from flower to flower quickly and when the flowers are so small that the bumblebee makes 'em shake when it lands. I figure it'll probably be easier where they're targeting larger, more sturdy, less numerous (so less switching?) flowers.

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Leejay Wu Senior Member • Posts: 2,995
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

Eyagh, that's a touch morbid.

Good capture, if a bit disturbing. I think I used to have nightmares about being eaten alive by giant versions of sundew or pitcher plants.

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Leejay Wu Senior Member • Posts: 2,995
Re: Clover

Intricate. I don't think I've ever paid much attention to blooming clover before, but clearly I should. shrug

The bristles (?) makes me wonder how it pollinates, 'tho; wind? Looks like it might be uncomfortable for a bee to land on it?

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e1man Regular Member • Posts: 364
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

Leejay Wu wrote:

I've been having difficulty focusing on them
when they move from flower to flower quickly and when the flowers
are so small that the bumblebee makes 'em shake when it lands.

Saw this reviewed in a magazine the other day and thought it was a great idea for holding things still. It may not be new to everyone but was to me. Not sure how well it would work when you can't control the bee! And of course you were hand-held, so won't work at all!

http://www.tripodhead.com/products/plamp-main.cfm

All the best.

Leejay Wu Senior Member • Posts: 2,995
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

Interesting. Not the best item for bees, at least where there are numerous flowers for them to choose from, but it would make sense when using a 'pod and for less-frantic subjects like ladybugs and caterpillars.

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OP Tony Finnerty Senior Member • Posts: 2,581
Good to see the fly get caught!

Heh, heh, heh! I'm no fan of flies. I love the drops of sticky-stuff on top of stalks, too.

Do you use Photoshop? I think using the Shadow/Highlight tool to bring down the highlights would help this already-excellent image.
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Re: One from last week

The Fl-36 gave excellent lighting, didn't it? The anthers are almost painfully sharp but I can't see any sharpening artifacts. Beautiful image, and more than just another pretty posey shot.
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OP Tony Finnerty Senior Member • Posts: 2,581
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

Wow! Quite a fur coat those bumblebees wear. I'm going to take my next macrophoto outing with the 50-200mm + EX-25.
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There's a bug in there somwhere!

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Bobby J Veteran Member • Posts: 4,824
Re: The Sunday Close-Up, Vol. 1 #6, June 19, 2005

There are some really nice shots on the site today. Here is my contribution for this week.

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BJM

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Lunch

E-300 OM 50mm f/3.5 Macro + onboard flash

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Comments and critiques always welcome.
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OzRay
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Testing the 50mm.

This is the flower (if that's the true definition) of a zygo cactus. It was an awfully difficult one to get the true perspective (ie how it hangs in real life), so I gave up and left it this way:

The 50mm does require a different frame of mind when using it.

Cheers

Ray

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Re: Testing the 50mm.

That photo comes across as a light painting, Ray, for the way light plays with the curving petals and highlights the stamens. From the way the stamens hang down, the orientation looks correct - how does it hang in real life?
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OzRay
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Re: Testing the 50mm.

Tony

The flower actually hangs with the stamens pointing down, but facing away from the sun ie inwards towards the roots of the plant. I found it really difficult to orient the flower so that the curvature of the leaves and flower was correct, so I just left it like this.

To do it right, I would have had to clamp the leaves and then attach the clamp to the camera so that the lens faced the stamens. All too much trouble, as it was late in the day and my brain wasn't fully in gear.

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