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This was taken yesterday on a rose bud in the garden. I used a 105mm lens plus 20mm extension tube 1/125 at f16; tripod mounted with off-camera flash.

I think I need to diffuse the flash bit more as it is a bit harsh. Any comments as to how to make it better would be gratefully received.

In Light room I rotated the shot and cropped it a bit. In CS3 I re-sized and used USM at 97% setting

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 105mm + extn tubes
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Aphid & kids
Username:Scutter Scutter
Uploaded:11 May 2009 - 10:33 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2009 - 10:48 AM

Sorry I am not technical But really I think that a fabulous shot and will look forward to see what people suggest
I would be so happy if I could get something so good

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DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2009 - 11:39 AM

A cracking, well detailed macro shot. Good work. Andy

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2009 - 12:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A briiliant and well detailed macro. 10/10 for effort. As you rightly say the flash is a little harsh and you can try to diffuse it a bit more. Alternatively you could use a reflector to bounce the sunlight onto the image. There is also a large amount of noise present. The wee fellas form an important part of the image here and IMHO they are lost slightly in the harsh green of the stalk. In my mod I have run the shot through a noise filter and sharpened by just one px. I have then clarified and adjusted levels to reduce the bright green so the wee fellas become a bit mo re prominent in the shot. Mod was done very quickly but I hope you get the general idea.
Paul

Last Modified By Paul_cats at 11 May 2009 - 12:05 PM

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Scutter
Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2009 - 12:19 PM

Thanks Paul, Appreciate your comments and Mod

Ben

Last Modified By Scutter at 11 May 2009 - 12:23 PM

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Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2009 - 1:37 PM

Thank You Barbara and Dogsbody for you comments! Smile
Ben

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madbilly
madbilly  6 England4 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2009 - 6:41 PM

super detail

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