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Bathing Beauty

By teocali
Inspired by Greyheron's superb work with his Panasonic Lumix GF1 plus Leica DG Macro 45mm f2.8 lens, and after having picked Mike's brains over the last couple of weeks, I took the plunge and bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Micro Four Thirds camera from Park Cameras (near me and offering best deal at present, both online and off) plus the 45mm macro lens.

Experimented over the weekend and came up with my first upload with this kit - a grass snake (I think - would appreciate positive ID)) taking a dip in a small wetlands conservation area near Seaford, E. Sussex. I was probably about 6 feet away, teetering at the edge of the water holding the camera outstretched at arm's length. Fortunately it has a viewfinder, so it is possible to check focus before shooting, rather than rely on the live screen in bright sunshine.

Please view large if you have a moment

Settings: F/3.5 1/4000sec aperture priority -1EV ISO 100 handheld

Many thanks as always for the C&Cs on my Chickadee upload Smile

Tags: Beauty General Water Grass Snake Pond Wetlands Bathing Wildlife and nature Sports and action

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
7 Jun 2010 12:33PM
Cracking capture Sylvia of the Grass Snake. Impressive colour saturation and detail especially under the water. Certainly a different way to do Macro and one handed outstanding.
Look forward to seeing more closer results

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7 Jun 2010 12:46PM
Excellent capture Sylvia - well done

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Jun 2010 1:05PM
Very well captured, Sylvia, I would have run a mile if I'd seen it! Carol
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 Jun 2010 1:14PM
Excellent capture Sylvia. Hope you weren't in the water to capture this. Scary thought..........Sandy
Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
7 Jun 2010 1:58PM
Pretty good for your first outing Sylvia, I know Mike is looking forward to seeing your work with this camera, hopefully he will have time to take a look while in the States.

Cor 9 Belgium
7 Jun 2010 2:07PM
Looks great, well done!
7 Jun 2010 3:43PM
Cracking capture Sylvia

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 5:46PM
superb picture
7 Jun 2010 6:18PM
Very well spotted Sylvia,excellent capture !!
7 Jun 2010 6:24PM
great shot well spotted
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 6:40PM
a wonderful "nature at it's best" shot

Vince_S 8 10 England
7 Jun 2010 7:15PM
Very well captured.
brownbear 9 2 England
7 Jun 2010 8:00PM
An excellent shot, perhaps teetering, one handed is the way to go,saves lugging tripods about.
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 8:17PM
an excellent capture.... you got great focus and detail here and love where it is situated amongst the little flowers.... have to agree with the above comment... maybe it is the way forward lol x x x
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 Jun 2010 8:26PM
Stunning capture Sylvia. What a shot -- to not only find the snake but also catch it swimming. Spot on and the new camera sounds brilliant.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
7 Jun 2010 9:16PM
What a great start with the camera, a super shot. - gary
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 9:25PM
Great capture Sylvia, well spotted
DannoM 9 58 England
7 Jun 2010 10:12PM
cracking shot Sylvia, great first shot with the new gear. Look foward to seeing more.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
7 Jun 2010 10:18PM
Super shot Sylvia and reminds me when my brother and I used to trapse around the countryside looking for these lovelies! Bred them and released them back to the wild. Ho Hum heady days....!! Lovely work!

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
7 Jun 2010 11:32PM
Great shot Sylvia, must have a look for the reviews on your new camera, looks quite a usefull piece of kit,
8 Jun 2010 6:08AM

Ray42 10 3 England
8 Jun 2010 6:52AM
A great shot and a good advert for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 8:12AM
Congratulations Sylvia for winning the lottery... Smile
Enjoy the new toy!
Super image,
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
8 Jun 2010 7:20PM
This is a wonderful first image to have captured with your new camera Sylvia...well done Wink

Flight OK...I'm aching somewhat camping in the Upper Peninsular for a week starting tomorrow Wink ...keep up the good work...

Best wishes,
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
9 Jun 2010 12:45PM
Super work with your new camera and lens. Enjoy. Smile
15 Jun 2010 12:02PM
astonishing shot ! i have the Panasonic g1 and i love it hope you love this little camera as much as i love mine
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 4:19AM
Looks good! Quite a challenging exposure to test your new kit, but it seems spot-on.

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