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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for looking at the blog! I look forward to more Mexican bugs in action from you. Long ago I worked in Chiapas on its special birds (eg Azure-rumped Tanager). Mexico is extremely diverse, I hope you are enjoying it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ivan,
That image is a heck of a lot better than my first attempt -well done! I like how you've timed the proboscis so that it's visible in the drop.

If I had any advice I'd say maybe get your flash / diffuser closer to the subject to get better diffusion. Could also use a bigger diffuser, but that's not always practical. Also getting those two light sources close together, one acting as a key and the other as a fill, will give you a single specular highlight (as well as better shadow control). Here's an example.

Don't worry about your "keeper rate" -the higher your standards the lower it will be, especially when shooting active subjects. I've become one with the universe and the delete key on my keyboard.

Welcome to the addiction -see you at the support meetings Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Dalantech, thanks for your comment and tips. I can see you're very much a bee specialist, those are some great images on your on-line galleries.

I get your point about a single specular highlight. I like to use a backlight to bring out the little hairs on insects, although the situation here did not allow me to place it as far behind the subject (off to the left) as I would have liked, hence the additional specular highlight. But I agree, a single highlight would make the image feel more natural.

I too relish deleting failed images, helps free up disk space!

MA meetings, huh? It gets that bad... LOL.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lou Jost wrote:
Thanks for looking at the blog! I look forward to more Mexican bugs in action from you. Long ago I worked in Chiapas on its special birds (eg Azure-rumped Tanager). Mexico is extremely diverse, I hope you are enjoying it.


More bugs will be coming, thanks Lou. I'm in the Yucatan Peninsula, love it here. Believe it or not I have yet to visit Chiapas, but it's very much on my list.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IvanG wrote:
Hello Dalantech, thanks for your comment and tips. I can see you're very much a bee specialist, those are some great images on your on-line galleries.


Thanks!

IvanG wrote:

... But I agree, a single highlight would make the image feel more natural.


I wouldn't worry about making your images "natural" cause that term is just too subjective. The goal is to allow the viewer to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the photo -won't happen if they get hung up on something like the specular highlights, background, etc.

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MA meetings, huh? It gets that bad... LOL.


Only two types of people rock back and forth on their knees -macro shooters and the mentally unstable Wink
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