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Yawns



Joined: 20 Dec 2015
Posts: 173

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:48 pm    Post subject: Insects are back .. at last Reply with quote

Still pretty cold here with temperatures ranging from 6ºC to 14ºC, but I am finding insects since the last days of January ...

Doing mainly studio shots with the creatures I can capture around my place... only because I don't have enough hours of light to do it in the field.. sunrise is around 7 AM and sunset around 6.30 PM... but I have a full job.

some of the pictures bellow are studio, some are field shots...

This eason I abandoned the Photoshop subscription... I'm just editing / adjusting the *.NEF (Nikon's RAW) with Capture NX-D, the software provided by Nikon .. In my opinion is much better than Adobe Camera Raw for the purpose.

Nephrotoma sp. - Tipulidade
(Studio)

nephortoma by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

Cicindela maroccana - Carabidae
(Sudio) - I'm needing to edit again.. sharpness in excess.
Cicindela maroccana 0002 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

Spilostethus pandurus - Lygaeidae
Field - after sunset
_DSC8975 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

Pieris brassicae - Pieridae
field - just "reborn"...
Just born Pieris brassicae by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

Sphaerophoria sp (female) - Syrphidae
field - after sunset
Sphaerophoria 0001 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

very simple "setup" - Tokina 100, Meike Ring flash, diffuser - card & "Dracalon" ( a synthetic fiber used to pad bed linen and clothes)

avergae settings:
high iso - 400 to 640, usually
f/9 to f/16 (it's Nikon, it's effective)
speed 1/160
Flash iTTL +1 compensation (in most cases)
Camera seetings - custom
Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Sharpness all at mimimum
White ballance "Auto" or 5500 Kelvin..

DSC_0166 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr
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tevans9129



Joined: 30 Nov 2017
Posts: 129
Location: TN

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great images, love the detail...strange that I have a much different view of insects now that I am trying to photograph them as opposed to when I only wanted to kill them. Smile
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leonardturner



Joined: 14 Mar 2013
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Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful shots. Your interesting lighting rig looks like it would compact and portable enough for field use.
Leonard
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