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Final Dew drops and the web photos

By catzeye  
I like this one the best. I did no adjustments to it. I don't like the clutter behind the web. But couldn't be avoided. Thanks again to everyone for their comments and suggestions, critique which gives me more inside into my work and camera settings.

Tags: Insects Landscapes Water Close-up and macro Spiders Scenes Dew drops Webs

Voters: jamesmoorephotography, Chinga, carkaci and 6 more


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Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2013 1:35PM
Beautiful image!Grin
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19 Aug 2013 1:43PM
Very nice details.
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
19 Aug 2013 6:08PM
A better image at a nicer shutter speed but the colours are still muted and this is primarily due to the auto exposure. I applied the adjustments I mentioned before to this image and it really lifts the background and makes the web stand out from the image.

I would try some images using some manual settings and see what you can achieve, the 400D is a nice camera and the 18 - 55 is a reasonable lens so you should get some nice results. Try a little low level flash just to highlight the web.

Erik
20 Aug 2013 1:21AM
You are absolutely right. What you did really brought the web out more. I now have more time and can really start working with the manual settings a lot more. This may be a dumb question, but what do you mean low level flash?
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
20 Aug 2013 7:46AM
On your 400D its called flash exposure compensation, you should have information on this in the user manual ( can be downloaded from Canon). This adjusts the amount of flash intensity you can have and I would suggest starting at -2 and increasing. The image you want has the web highlights lifted without the flash causing them to over expose and become just white lines in the image.

If you find at -2 the web is still being over exposed then use some grease-proof paper or similar and tape it over the flash head to reduce the light intensity further. You can try decreasing the aperture size by 1 stop but this will affect the whole image and could make the background too dark. The secret is not to rush and to take a number of images at different settings so you can select the best.

If yo have any other questions or your still unsure please get back to me on here or by PM

Erik
21 Aug 2013 2:12AM
Erik, you have been a tremendous help to me. I thank you so much for you help and your taking time to explain things. You advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you again for all of your help!!!!!
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
21 Aug 2013 9:38AM
No Problem it was a pleasure to help that's what the crique team is all about
pamelajean Plus
10 964 1824 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2013 6:59PM
This one is so much better. I'm glad you uploaded it. There is more detail in the dense area of the web, and the droplets sparkle beautifully.
24 Aug 2013 1:00AM
Thanks pameljean for your comment. I am learning more every day. I really appreciate your comment.

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