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    My Calendar Photos

    Hi all,

    I have recently been working on putting together a calendar of photos of water drops on flowers. I have now put together the set of twelve. I have attached them so you can have a look see. I hope this is ok as it is twelve photos. Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers

    J

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    Excellent idea as a theme for a calendar with teh bonus that they are all very impressive images.

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    My birthday is in October and I think I would like to swap that months image for another one - probably March as I can be a bit prickly. Actually October is the only one that I think I would not be happy looking at for a month. I think my wife would happy with the delicate green and magenta tones in the image for her birthday month of August.

    A very interesting concept and well on the way to a delightful calendar.

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    Well done Jason a great set. So what's the theme for the following year ?

    I have just looked at a 2013 calendar from a womens organisation out here in Fiji and could not believe the low standard of pics, your post has given me an idea.

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    Great idea and beautifully executed.

    I see a lot of people doing calendars for various purposes. What will you be doing with yours?

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    These are lovely and would certainly be something I would want to study each month and think about how you did them. October isn't my favorite either, I think you may have caught your own reflection in that drop rather than the color of the petal.

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    that are some amazing pictures you got there. i can't find anything that i wouldn't hang on my wall, only with the last photo.. i probably wouldn't have cut the flower of on the top. but i still see it hanging on my wall, it's a great picture.

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    Thank you all for your comments and feedback. I put this calendar together for my mother in law, who has been ill lately, I thought it may brighten her day a bit. As for my next theme I am still working on that, just waiting for the inspiration bug to bite.

    Cheers

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    These are all beautiful. Care to share your technique? How do you get the water droplets so large looking for example?
    I never done this type of photography before but would love to give it a go.

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    Hello Monte,

    Thanks, sorry for the time taken for a reply, I have been away for the Chrissy break and have not had much access to the interwebs. As for my technique, well I use a Tamron 60mm macro lens and try to shoot the drops at 1:1 as much as possible. I use an old syringe to place the drops where I want, this is just the plastic bit of the syringe without the needle, I have added a needle that you use to inflate balls with to allow me better control of the drop size. Placing the drop requires a fair bit of patience and a steady hand at times. My camera setup is - single point of focus, usually an aperature of 4.8 as I find this gives me the look that I prefer and the iso at 100. I always manual focus. I also like to set the shot up where I have a background of a single colour as I find this works well if you want to explore the world of plugins and graduated filter looks. Then from there it is just trial and error till I get an arrangement that I happy with.
    Hopefully this helps.

    Cheers

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by jstp View Post
    Hello Monte,

    Thanks, sorry for the time taken for a reply, I have been away for the Chrissy break and have not had much access to the interwebs. As for my technique, well I use a Tamron 60mm macro lens and try to shoot the drops at 1:1 as much as possible. I use an old syringe to place the drops where I want, this is just the plastic bit of the syringe without the needle, I have added a needle that you use to inflate balls with to allow me better control of the drop size. Placing the drop requires a fair bit of patience and a steady hand at times. My camera setup is - single point of focus, usually an aperature of 4.8 as I find this gives me the look that I prefer and the iso at 100. I always manual focus. I also like to set the shot up where I have a background of a single colour as I find this works well if you want to explore the world of plugins and graduated filter looks. Then from there it is just trial and error till I get an arrangement that I happy with.
    Hopefully this helps.

    Cheers

    J
    Thank you for the tips. Greatly appreciated. I just ordered the Tokina 100mm Macro and am about to give this an effort. I have been shooting birds and wildlife for awhile with huge lenses and many many hours hunting for subjects. I think I will enjoy this a great deal. A big challenge to get anything similar to yours but it should make for an interesting winter.
    Thanks again, I might be picking your brain again if you don't mind. I really love these images you choose for the calendar.
    Last edited by BCrose; 8th January 2013 at 07:28 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: My Calendar Photos

    Very good series Jason,

    So good, the only thing I can really take issue with is that some months look too much like others, ideally, a different bloom for each month would be ideal.

    Bear in mind I'm only suggesting this for 'next time' because this time is so good.

    Cheers,

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