Some Nature Shots for CC

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Some Nature Shots for CC

I've been playing around with my 60mm macro lens trying to get some shots of my tulip poplar while it's in bloom. I'm hoping to get a couple of good shots to mount and frame for my guest bathroom wall. I was chasing a kiddo while I took these and didn't have time to set up a tripod, so they aren't as sharp as I'd like. The other flower shots (almond bush?) were more difficult because the buds are very small. Even though I didn't get the ideal focus, I like the bokeh. Your CCs are appreciated. Thanks!

#1 f/5.6 1/500 sec ISO-200

#2 f/5.6 1/500 sec ISO-360

#3 f/5.6 1/400 ISO-400

#4 f/4.5 1/320 ISO-400

The pics below are from a nearby meadow. They're just for share, but CCs are welcome. I took them with my Nikkor 55-200mm. Oh, how I wish I had a 300mm.....

#5 f/5.6 1/2000 ISO-400

This red-winged blackbird's wing patches were looking a little drab because he wasn't in full breeding plumage yet. I manipulated the color in them a little bit.

#6 f/5.6 1/2000 ISO-400

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Oh, what pretty pictures! I like the second one lots! The red winged black bird is very pretty too. Thanks for sharing.
Heidi

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Oooh, Number 1 is perfect!

Cazz

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Thanks!

Would love more CC, especially from other macro users.

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Hi Janet! Yay some macros and birds! heheh Smile

#1 is gorgeous! Perfect!
#2 nice focus on the base, but I'd rather see the petals again Smile
#3 gorgeous--love the small focus, LOVE the bokeh, it makes it sparkle! and the warm hue I love too.
#4 very pretty against the gray bg

#5 one of my fave singers!!!! He just needs to be brightened...I love the comp though!!!! and the cattail bokeh--awesome! I am jealous of this pic with a 200mm! A birding friend of mine was recently decribing her best birding lenses to me and insisted that I shouldn't go smaller than 300mm minimum for birds....which is probably true but look at your #5 wow! I've only really gotten that much detail being in a blind, so far (of course that was with my non-SLR but I still had a zoom) Smile

#6, very pretty scene! just maybe needs a little contrast boost?

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Hi Janet! Yay some macros and birds! heheh Smile

#1 is gorgeous! Perfect!
#2 nice focus on the base, but I'd rather see the petals again Smile
#3 gorgeous--love the small focus, LOVE the bokeh, it makes it sparkle! and the warm hue I love too.
#4 very pretty against the gray bg

#5 one of my fave singers!!!! He just needs to be brightened...I love the comp though!!!! and the cattail bokeh--awesome! I am jealous of this pic with a 200mm! A birding friend of mine was recently decribing her best birding lenses to me and insisted that I shouldn't go smaller than 300mm minimum for birds....which is probably true but look at your #5 wow! I've only really gotten that much detail being in a blind, so far (of course that was with my non-SLR but I still had a zoom) Smile

#6, very pretty scene! just maybe needs a little contrast boost?

Thanks! The male red-winged blackbirds get pretty bold and territorial during breeding season. I've been able to get really close to them. They should be stunning when they finally get full breeding plumage. I want to get a 300mm lens but haven't had the bucks lately Sad (It's on the wish list, along with a speedlight and decent tripod....)

The day I shot in the marsh, the sky was pretty dreary with low contrast. I played with the contrast in Gimp a little but could probably bump it up a little. Also, I just remembered I forgot to clone out the radio tower in the sky of the goose flight pic.

LOL re your comment in #4. I think the gray background is actually our trash container!

I can't wait! I'm taking my macro down to the U.S. Botanical Gardens at the end of the week (sans kiddo!). Hopefully, I'll have some good shots. I'm going to take some colored cardstock to test some solid-color backgrounds, too.

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LOL! hey, whatever works! (re: the trash can gray bg)--remember the ball-pit box I used for bokeh behind Eva's glasses macro? LOL

You're right about the tower--I didn't see that at first. If you really wanted to play around, I just recently read a great tutorial for beautifying/bumping up the color of water--I forget where but I'll look it up again!

I know what you mean about the male RWBLs during breeding season. Maybe that guy is younger, too (re: his epaulettes). In college (and after) I did field research in grasslands during breeding season and those BBs will dive-bomb your head, so watch! LOL I've had one hit my head before heheh (when you're near a nest site)

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I don't really do macro, so I will just tell you which is my fave and why. Smile

#2 is my favorite. I love its abstract feel. I love the punch of color (could probably even be saturated a bit more). This is the kind of image I would find on a greeting card (something about friendship on the inside - lol).

GREAT JOB!

TFS,
GiGi

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

You're right about the tower--I didn't see that at first. If you really wanted to play around, I just recently read a great tutorial for beautifying/bumping up the color of water--I forget where but I'll look it up again!

I know what you mean about the male RWBLs during breeding season. Maybe that guy is younger, too (re: his epaulettes). In college (and after) I did field research in grasslands during breeding season and those BBs will dive-bomb your head, so watch! LOL I've had one hit my head before heheh (when you're near a nest site)

Would love to see the water tutorial.

LOL re RWBBs! I've never been dive-bombed, but I can see them doing that. Once, however, I did have to turn around and discontinue my walk on the pathway because a mama Canada goose and her broood were using it. I figured I'd be flogged if I tried to sneak past them!

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Haha yeah geese can be really dangerous if they want (need) to be.

I will try to find that tutorial again at home.

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I finally found that water tutorial again! Sorry it took so long.

It's the "No More Muddy Waters" video tutorial on this page:

http://www.mcpactions.com/ps-video-tutorials