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    Day 24: July 2010 Photo-a-Day Thread

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    What Big Eyes You Have!

    Day 24: July 2010 Photo-a-Day Thread

    Canon 500D, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, full EXIF, PAD slideshow.

    Looking through Bug Guide (http://bugguide.net/), it appears to be Allograpta obliqua (http://bugguide.net/node/view/355479), which is a kind of flower fly (Syrphid).

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    Re: What Big Eyes You Have!

    Very nice Rick,

    How'd you get 'em to pose like that, mine aren't nearly so co-operative

    Amazingly sharp on the eye facets, I guess the flash helps a bit with that.
    Great composition and background too.

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    Re: What Big Eyes You Have!

    Thanks, Dave - you surely aren't complaining about your flies, with the shots I've seen. But you do get model releases, right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post

    Amazingly sharp on the eye facets, I guess the flash helps a bit with that.
    It was the pop-up flash (I meant to mention that): I was out trying to get a shot of a bird I was hearing, and didn't have my flash with me. The pop-up may actually be good for something like this, since close to the axis of the lens is probably good for an insect's eyes. Of course, getting too close has the shadow problem: this was about half a meter. The image here is 100% pixels, no down-sample at all: I do love this lens.

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    Now that is vey very nice indeed. You might get me hooked on landscapes yet with stuff like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirefox View Post
    Now that is vey very nice indeed. You might get me hooked on landscapes yet with stuff like this.

    Steve
    Thanks Steve,

    I wasn't sure how it would work, so I took a shot anyway. When I saw the first shot on the review screen I though "Oh yeah!"

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    Re: I've Seen the Light

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
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    Very good, Colin. I always find winter sunsets turn out better, as is shown here. Must be something to do with the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    Very good, Colin. I always find winter sunsets turn out better, as is shown here. Must be something to do with the light.
    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the kind words. Here in New Zealand summer -v- winter makes for quite a difference - in summer the sun sets far more south which with our beaches running primarily north/south creates more of a curse than a blessing, as having the sun set at some kind of angle to the coast generally works out better (which happens more in winter). In the case of the above image though, the sunset was quite a ways to camera left.

    For what it's worth, my studio is about a 1 minute walk from the red building right in the middle of this shot; yes, getting into the office can be hard some days

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    Re: I've Seen the Light

    Rick - as stunning and sharp as ever. I need to practise more with me macro, I can see. I find getting focus like this difficult.

    Colin - that is a real winner. Beauty in composition, colour and that so calm water.

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    Re: Day 24: July 2010 Photo-a-Day Thread

    Going to Town on a Dreary Day

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    Creation date: 24/07/2010 16:01
    Camera: NIKON D80
    Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
    Focal length: 75*mm*(equiv. 112*mm)
    Aperture: F6.3
    Exposure time: 1/4000"
    ISO speed rating: 1000
    Program: Aperture priority
    Metering Mode: Center-weighted average
    White Balance: Auto
    Flash: Flash did not fire

    Oh crivens. Klickit does it again and forgets to reset ISO. So - noisy, but captured travelling at speed on a dreary, low-light day.

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    Three fruits

    This was my first choice for today, before I ate one of them (and they say you can't eat the view)

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    Looks much better on black

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    Re: I've Seen the Light

    Wonderful sunset, Colin: delicate colors, the reflections, and the opening to draw you in. What a beautiful image.

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    Re: Going to Town on a Dreary Day, Three fruits

    I really like this, Kit: the vanishing point to the left is a good composition, and the lines paralleling the horizon strengthen it and balance the diagonal power lines along the road.

    Nice accent, Rob, very fruity. Are the halos from some backlight, or is that part of the PP? It's a great separator from the background, very well done.

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    Re: I've Seen the Light

    Quote Originally Posted by Klickit View Post
    Colin - that is a real winner. Beauty in composition, colour and that so calm water.
    Thanks Kit,

    I like this one too There wasn't so much as a breath of wind when I tool it - I did have a returning yacht sail right through the scene not too long before though - luckily they were going very slowly, and my Singh-Ray Vari-ND allowed me to stretch out the exposure to even out the rest.

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    Re: I've Seen the Light

    Quote Originally Posted by rick55 View Post
    Wonderful sunset, Colin: delicate colors, the reflections, and the opening to draw you in. What a beautiful image.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Rick

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    Re: Three fruits

    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    This was my first choice for today, before I ate one of them
    I thought you were looking a bit peachy today Rob

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    Re: Three fruits

    I have failed, I have completely and utterly missed Day 24, and was too tired to snap something before I fell asleep (well into Day 25 locally).

    I think I have even run out of time to shoot something on Day 24 in Alaska (assuming they are the last to change) - even though I'm in GMT/BST land (aka London).

    Oh, the shame ...

    I hope no one is compiling a spreadsheet of how many posts on which days and by whom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I have failed, I have completely and utterly missed Day 24, and was too tired to snap something before I fell asleep (well into Day 25 locally)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    He's quite an oldie now... probably suffering dementia, not to mention cataracts and going deaf, but he's happy enough plodding around the house and garden...
    I'm saying nothing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I hope no one is compiling a spreadsheet of how many posts on which days and by whom
    What do you take us for, control freaks? I think Colin's doing it.

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    He's quite an oldie now... probably suffering dementia, not to mention cataracts and going deaf, but he's happy enough plodding around the house and garden...
    Hey, thats an extract from my CV. You missed the bit about expertise in tartan shopping trolley management.

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