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Long Hornes Plum Beetle (Tetrops praeustus)............

By SvetAriadne
I have my own views about Nature's methods, though I feel that it is rather like a beetle giving his opinions upon the Milky Way......Wink

Tags: Close-up and macro

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11 Jan 2015 1:44AM
Great capture. I love your analogy.

Trev_B 15 151 68 England
11 Jan 2015 9:57AM
Hi Svetlana, I too love your analogy Smile

When photographing subjects from this point of view, looking up and taking the shot with the sky as a back drop, there is always going to be a problem of lighting the subject. I this case the insect is under exposed, however there are ways around this'

1. Use +2/3ev, that will expose the image a little more.
2. Use Spot Metering and use the head as the metering point.
3. Deal with it in post development by increasing the shadows.
4. If your flash is up to the job use it to fill in the dark areas.

I have uploaded a mod to show that option 3 can sometimes reveal details lost in the shadows.

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2015 10:47AM
You did well to get this. Trev's mod shows that the head is pin-sharp, beautifully in focus. The head was in shadow - as mentioned above, flash would have given you more detail, but looking up details for your camera there seems to be an issue with shutter-lag when using flash, not ideal for critters that can move around quite fast.

Trev's mod does the business, whatever your software do look at possibilities for lightening shadows. I would just crop empty space from the side. All the interest is in the right side of the frame, the only thing occupying the left side to give some balance is your logo!
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2015 10:50AM
The lighting and your settings are just not right. You could have gone for a full sharp silhouette with better focusing and a smaller aperture or more detail, in which case you are rather under exposed. I realise you are on a compact and it depends on what settings are available, but you needed a much smaller aperture to get decent depth of field. The problem is that even the best bridge cameras stop at f8.

You do not need such a high shutter speed, and take care with spot metering. You should not use it on any auto setting without shutter lock. Spot metering must be off a tone consistent with 18% grey or you will need compensation. Here, the camera has tried to expose for the sky.

Just look at your LCD after the shot. Enlarge the image, decide on modifications if needed, then reset and shoot again.

I really would reduce the size of your logo and use black if you must have it at all. Here, it is the highlight of the image and what is it needed for?

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2015 11:05AM
Mod uploaded. Picking up on Paul's point above, so far as I can find out you were at the smallest aperture (highest F number) available.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1967 England
11 Jan 2015 11:50AM
I was just coming in on the point Moira's made...

It's a very real limitation of some compacts that the minimum aperture is what most of us think of as quite a wide aperture... This is because, at the very short focal lengths involved, a problem called diffraction sets in quite early in the stopping down process. And a focal length of 5.5mm is around a tenth of the 'standard' lens on my 35mm cameras.

I have a Fuji X-10 compact: quite big, and with a largish sensor compared with your camera: though its zoom runs from 7 to 28mm, longer than yours, the minimum aperture available is f/11.

So you are right at the limit, and while it's good advice to stop the lens down, you can't actually do it!

I love Moira's mod, and in all the circumstances, this is rather a fine picture!
16 Jan 2015 10:59PM
hello my friends photographers ! I'm grateful for all your advise & lessons...& also....both modifications are definitely better than my photo....thank you so very much for your time & attention to my Plum Beetle Grin

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