Hi all, I haven't had a lot of time here lately because I've been so busy at night (my ME time is limited to after 10pm and lately I've been exhausted or unconscious after that!)....
But I wanted to say that I'm loving all the new sets from everyone and you gals are really taking off! I have felt so down on myself because I can't keep up with practicing portraits and now Eva is absolutely not tolerating me even getting OUT my camera, let alone me trying one posing-type photo of her
So right now I feel like I will never catch up to you gals and your wonderful progress. UGH.
But I have managed to get a few new nature shots that I'm proud of, mostly while we've been at the pool the past 2 Sundays. So here are some of my newest nature shots. I can at least feel good about something I think. lol oh and I have a new watermark; does it look ok?
9. a play with "Orton" again...
I did manage a few of Eva on the 4th but they aren't that great....you can see them on my Flickr photostream if you really want to lol. :/
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 06-16-2010 at 12:20 AM.
I love your nature photography. You always have great images.
#1 One word: WOW
#2 I think you could boost this a little more, but it is still really pretty
#3 Love the bokeh and I am amazed how you get so close
#4 This is great, what were your settings fo this?
#5 This one seems a little noisy, the the colors are great
#6 classic shot, and well done
#7 this really pops against the solid background
#8 this doesn't do anything for me, sorry
#9 I think the PP on this works, makes it kind of dreamy
Beth... mom to Andrea 7-26-97, Gavin 10-16-01, Kade 5-25-08 and Bentli Grace 09-09-09.
I understand your frustration. Sounds like Eva has a bad case of 'photographer kid syndrome.' Welcome to the support group! (((hugs)))
Seriously, PKS will come and go. Sometimes bribes will help, sometimes NOTHING will help. Best thing is to find some other subjects ... and you have done GREAT on that w/ these nature shots. I saw a bunch of these on fb and just LOVED them.
Here's my $0.02 worth though ...
1. LOVE! I don't think it could be any better! The colors are incredible while still looking perfectly REAL (not artificially saturated). Nature in all its glory. WELL DONE!
2. the detail here is AMAZING! Love the pink punch of color too. It doesn't take away anything from the incredible detail of this macro shot - it simply makes it pop all that much more.
3. I can never catch these guys ... I don't know how you do it. I love the long "tongue" thing slurping up nectar/pollen/whatever. This should be in a nature magazine.
4. another great catch. WOW! looks like he's holding on for dear life, doesn't it? I love the earthy tones of the butterfly/moth (sorry, I can never tell what's what) next to the soft but vibrant flower colors. really great composition!
5. WAY COOL! it almost seems ailen. little pods waiting to burst open. I think it must be the deep colors that create that feel for me.
6. pretty! I wish a bit more of the top (sorry, don't know much botany either ... I'm feeling rather uneducated right now) but the part w/ the pollen ... anyway, wish a bit more of that was in focus. INCREDIBLE bokeh though! yummy!
7. WOW! GREAT composition. I love the soft feel to this shot. I can almost feel the petals when looking at it.
8. the conversion itself seems OK to me, but I"m not sure what to look at here. This may be due to the almost monochromatic nature of the subject (with so much greenery). Color might work better.
9. NICE PLAY! Are you using some kind of action for that? What's your process (if you don't mind me asking)?
TFS! I really love your nature shots. I aspire to get these kinds of images (some day).
Thank you both for the comments! I wasn't going to add the sidewalk photo but then I did just to mix it up. Oh well.
LOL GiGi, you're right the skipper butterflies are VERY skittery and I have to really creep up on them in super-slow-motion! There was a 3rd species of skipper that I completely missed on because he kept "escaping" the camera I also love their proboscises (tongue-like things) when they're curled up into a spiral!
The first 5 photos were actually taken with my Fuji + my supermacro converter. I took my Fuji that day because I ran out of card space on my Canon! But also when doing macro, I still feel more confident with the Fuji because I have had tons of macro experience with it and not much with my Canon yet.
I had the Fuji on auto + macro. I didn't to anything to those pics except crop/resize/sharpen, and on the 1st pic it had some vignetting (due to the size of the butterfly, I had to pull back pretty far with the lens so the converter started to show) so I edited the corners with PSP. The rest of the pics were with my Canon T1i on manual. Beth I'll see if I can pull the settings for #4 which was one of the auto/macro ones. Gigi, for the "Orton" one I re-created the Orton effect in PSP by using this page as a guide...also used it on a blue butterfly set a few weeks ago. I also add a contrast boost after I'm done with the "Ortonizing". lol
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 06-15-2010 at 10:57 AM.
Amy, I know your frustration!! My DD has begun to get the 'PKS' that GiGi so graciously pointed out. I hope she gets over that.
Love the butterfly macros. I can never get close enough to those buggers to get a good shot. And when I do, they seem to flutter away while I'm trying to get the comp right You have some amazing captures.
I LOVE #7. The comp and color are just beautiful. And I have to agree with #8, doesn't really do much for me. No real focal point of the shot.
I also really like your new watermark. It's very simple and pretty!
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My oldest runs from the camera sometimes (which is why you don't see many photos of him, even on Facebook). So I get that. Are there any neighbor kids you can "borrow"?
I have to tell you, I thought of you today while we were at the hospital. They had big framed nature photographs, and I thought your work would fit right in there. Have you tried selling any on istock?
Your watermark is nice, I like the touch of the clipart there.
And I have to say, I'm always amazed by your nature shots. Makes me want a macro lens in a huge way!
1. love all of the oranges here. I feel like there's noise though, do you see it?
2. very cool!
3. I'm just amazed at the clarity here
4. love this, just really neat - you don't normally see photographs with the butterfly (moth?) to the side of the flower, they're usually on top
5. this looks like wall art!
6. and I can see this on the front of a card (as an aside, I had free folded greeting cards done by Snapfish, so I did a thank you note with my daisies - it just came today, and looks awesome! you should totally do that with yours)
7. love the colors
8. I have to confess the sidewalk does nothing for me
9. NICE ORTON! my kayak photo is an orton one too. fun times!
Thanks Jennifer & Gwen! Yes I think all the Fuji pics (and maybe others) could benefit from running noise reduction--I'll try that out tonight if I have a chance. But on #1 I think the butterfly's "furry" brown section looks noisy even though it's not....but I do see some noise in the background of most of these, yes.
I do love how the type of flower (English Thyme I believe) makes the pollinators hang sideways as they "work". I'll have to think of some other flowers like that.
the tiny buds in #5 are Butterflyweed milkweed, the same flower as in #1. I just love it, and milkweeds are an awesome magnet for pollinators. They are also the host plant for Monarchs, major bonus
Interesting factoid about daisies: the center of the "flower" actually holds a group of compact "disk" flowers of the plant, while the large colorful outer "petals" are actually "ray flowers" in themselves. So instead of it being one big flower, as it appears, a daisy is actually a big disk of multiple tiny flowers
Oh yes #4 is a butterfly, the Silver-spotted Skipper. #3 is a Least or European Skipper butterfly, and #1 is a Great-spangled Fritillary butterfly.
EDIT: the #4 pic was: 1/265, F/3, ISO 200, 14mm.
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 06-15-2010 at 07:04 PM.
okay, that was almost too much nature knowledge for me. love it though! (I won't retain any of it tomorrow, except the part about the daisies)
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 06-16-2010 at 01:18 AM.
oh, that one is really nice too! I'm bad, I haven't gone Flickr surfing on my contacts' photos in a while, sorry!