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    Ladybugs

    Found these little guys in the garden the other day.

    C&C always welcome.

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    _MG_8951 by Tobias Weber, on Flickr

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    _MG_8944 by Tobias Weber, on Flickr

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    _MG_8923 by Tobias Weber, on Flickr

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    Re: Ladybugs

    Very nice captures. I like #1 best.

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    Re: Ladybugs

    Hi Tobias,

    What do you think of them?
    What would you try to do different if shooting again now?

    I have my thoughts, some relate to shooting, some to opprtunities in PP.
    I could say, but I think you'll learn more if you tell me/us first.

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    Re: Ladybugs

    Hi Dave,

    First of all I would use a tripod next time and I would make sure that I have batteries for my external flash which would have helped me a lot. From a composition point of view I like 1 and 3, but 2 I would center the Ladybug more.

    Otherwise I kinda like them the way they are, except that the greens might be little bit to Vibrant. The first one I might work a bit better if it were cropped a bit tighter and if the bright white on the head were reduced a little.
    As for the second one, as said before, I don't like the composition, there's to much leaf and not enough bug. I would also brighten it up a bit so the detail in the Ladybugs face becomes a bit clearer.
    The third I think the color lacks a little, or its slightly over exposed, I know something is missing but I can't put my finger on what it is.

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    Re: Ladybugs

    Hi Tobias,

    FWIW, I wouldn't try to follow these with a tripod, ours move too fast, not "fast, fast", but about a cm/second when looking for food.

    The problem I find is that without the external flash, the subject lighting is usually sub-standard, so I'd agree there.

    Green is certainly dominant, the bugs look under saturated, but I know they often can be like that in reality, they are not all the classic bright red.

    The other problem I find is they inhabit unphotogenic plants
    This gives lots of sharp and unappealing detail

    I'm sure that a lot of the issues could be improved in selective post processing with these, particularly the exposure, colour and contrast issues.

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    The third is definately over exposed on the highlights, but it is backlit, so that could be forgiven with some cunning PP to enhance the subject. However, I know you'd prefer to get it right in camera (AFAP) and I think some fill flash would help #3. The wings poking out the back are a bit of a distraction to a casual observer unfortunately, but there's not much to be done about them (well, aside from the obvious).

    Probably waaay too much,
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    I wouldn't normally take off the wings like that, but it was 'untidy'.

    I quite liked the colourful specular bokeh and the diagonals, so I tried to leave them in with the crop to remove distracting bright spots and give a larger area of image to the subject.

    Let me know if it is too much change and I'll remove it.

    #1 is the best composition, but it is also a little over exposed, those wing cases and false eyes blow so easily.

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    Re: Ladybugs

    Hey

    I like the composition and the changes you made, the only thing I don't like is the amount of grain in the pic, because it was such a low light situation and I didn't have my flash I had to use the highest ISO I had available.

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    Re: Ladybugs

    I like #3, played with it a little, hope you don't mind


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    Re: Ladybugs

    Quote Originally Posted by TobyMac View Post
    Hey

    I like the composition and the changes you made, the only thing I don't like is the amount of grain in the pic, because it was such a low light situation and I didn't have my flash I had to use the highest ISO I had available.
    That wouldn't be a problem if you did it from the full size RAW though, especially if noise reduction was applied, I had your sharpened noise frozen into the jpg image and there's not much can be done then without serious compromises on sharpness.

    Cheers,

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