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A spider with a catch almost the double its size!!

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Cyber-shot HX100V
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jul 2012 - 7:44 PM
Focal Length:7.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.2
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-0.7
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:Perfect catch!
Username:Sriharsha Sriharsha
Uploaded:24 Jan 2013 - 3:44 PM
Tags:Spider, Wildlife / nature
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DonSchaeffer
24 Jan 2013 - 3:48 PM

High yuck factor in this. What a good catch though.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 5:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello, Sriharsha, and welcome to EPZ.
This is very well taken, just at the point of the spider's capture of the fly.
There is quite a bit of noise in your background, which could easily be removed in an editing programme.
I also feel that, if you wanted to tidy this up, the bits and pieces in the background could be completely removed, leaving just the leaf, spider and fly to take centre stage. Since you used flash, I wonder if you considered a lower ISO setting.
The fly looks to be in slightly better focus than the spider, and this may be due to your focus point being on the fly, and a large aperture which has given you a narrow depth of field. However, since the leaf behind the spider is in good focus, I suspect that the spider was moving at the time of shooting.
In my first modification, I removed the background, selectively sharpened the spider, and brightened the image. In my second, I rotated the image anti-clockwise to place your subjects on more of a diagonal.
Pamela.

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Sriharsha  1 India
25 Jan 2013 - 2:32 AM

Hello Pamelajean,

Thanks for the informative comment.
In a hurry to have found a nice subject I did forget reducing the ISO setting. Otherwise, with flash and close subjects I'd generally go for an ISO setting of 100.
Your modifications are really great!
I till now was somehow apathetic towards any kind of photo editing jobs. Now I feel I have to give a serious look instead of an apathy driven by shear ignorance. To start off, what editing software did you use for this job?

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 9:22 AM

This is quite impressive at first sight but does need to be both sharper over all and with greater depth of field. I have no problem with flash for macro, it is often necessary. You have done quite well with a compact, but a DSLR with macro lens and an aperture of f16 minmum would be the best tool.

Unfortunately, that costs an arm and a leg. Compacts do a fantastic job, but they try to be jacks of all trades and thus master only a few. If you find you like sports, macro or certain other subjects and get really interested, a DSLR becomes almost mandatory.

Paul

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paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 10:01 AM

Photo editing. You do need to master the basics. Purists will argue, but we used a lot of tricks in the wet darkroom and, other than transparency film where you have to get it right in camera, almost every image will benefit from a little processing. Digital images, for example, are prone to slight un-sharpness due to the anti aliasing filter in front of the sensor. Thus a tiny bit of sharpening is almost mandatory, even with high end DSLR.

Paul

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 10:28 AM

Welcome Sriharsha with a very good initial upload. Yes, given the noise and of course general requirement in our hobby, you will need to get to grips with processing. I use Photoshop Elements 11, priced generally around 60 but earlier versions are very very cheap and good value for money, if that is major consideration, as there is very little offered by version 11 as opposed to say version 9. There are instruction books available and if this is your first effort at processing of any type, somethinl like "Photshop Elements ** for Dummies will be a good buy.

Anyway this is an excellent shot, I like it, but I would have used a smaller aperture to ensure a good DoF but here with your compact it looks good to me.

Frank

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 5:14 PM

Hi, Sriharsha.
I use PaintshopPro, I find it extremely user friendly, and it does everything that I need it to do..
Pamela.

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Sriharsha  1 India
31 Jan 2013 - 7:49 AM

Is there a way that I can download the modified photos in a high resolution?

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