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This little lady was perfectly willing to just sit there and let me get *really* close...

I was going for short depth of field and a hair count.

I have what I consider a very entry-level compact (Samung PL22*), and have used it to great effect photographing spiders and other tiny things.

What I did for this one was to set the sensor to ISO-100, macro mode@11mm (63mm), centre weighted metering, spot focusing and locked and let the camera do the rest - exposure was 1/60 sec at f/14.1. Lens to subject was about 20cm.

What really surprised me with this was that the web was captured with such clarity... that's never happened to me before!

*My other camera is a Panasonic Lumix Olympic, pictures out of that are very noisy but the camera is passable at HD video...

NOTE: image is watermarked.

Brand:Samsung
Lens:4.9-24.5mm 1:3.5-5.9 27mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Oct 2013 - 12:56 PM
Focal Length:11.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/14.1
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cross Spider
Username:ihtoit ihtoit
Uploaded:19 Oct 2013 - 3:49 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 5:10 AM

I do not usually like the look of flash, but it really makes the spider and web "pop" in this photo. Good work.

Peter

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 8:11 AM

The web resolution depends on the lighting used. The flash has caught it here. You have done very well,a fine macro of a female garden or Diadem spider. As we so often fiish saying, flash can be mandatory if you want to get images of this type right and acceptable. Have a look in text books and see how many macro shots are with flash.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 7:57 PM

Welcome to EPZ.


Nice enough, however the watermark spoils it. Right in the centre, and coinciding with the spiders body. Best if it was more discrete.

The spiders body needs to have highlights toned down, and theres quite a bit of visible noise across the image.

Its good performance though considering the camera.

I have uploaded a mod with highlights from the flash toned down, and noise reduced.

Scroll up this page and click the modifications tab and view the mod large.

Enjoy the site,


regards


Willie

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4734 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 8:34 PM

Fine shot !!....nice detail & colors !!

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Mozzytheboy e2 Member 4701 forum postsMozzytheboy vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2013 - 11:50 AM

Have dropped in a modification of your original image and explained what I have done. Well done though.

Mozzy

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