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Bugs 'n' Flowers in Lincoln's Hamann Rose Garden with the "Poor Man's Macro"

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:03 pm
by Charles Haacker
I don't know if I mentioned that I've joined a camera club, first time ever, because my Kidz think I sit in this chair with this Chromebook in my lap entirely too much, and they are correct, I do. But the club hasn't done much except hold meetings, until last week somebody called and asked if I'd like to go over to the Hamann Rose Garden early on Friday. There were only three of us and we stayed only about an hour, but I had fun and socialized (yeah, me :rofl: ) and I got a chance to give the 10 mm extension ring a good workout with my ubersharp 18 - 105 f/4.0 zoom. These are as always entirely and perhaps stupidly hand held because I hate the lack of flexibility of a tripod even though I blow a lot of pitchers owing to losing focus. I've found that the autofocus does still work with the rings but even stopped to f/11 or f/16 the depth of focus is probably measured in nanometers. All ya hafta do is twitch and there goes the focus (bleh).

Re: Bugs 'n' Flowers in Lincoln's Hamann Rose Garden with the "Poor Man's Macro"

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:16 am
by mikec
Looking good Chuck and pretty good at hand holding.

Re: Bugs 'n' Flowers in Lincoln's Hamann Rose Garden with the "Poor Man's Macro"

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:03 am
by minniev
What a great set Chuck! They’d be ebeeèyêautiful even without the bugs but those detailed critters make the set exceptional.. the colors and contrast are great. The butterfly looks a little worn, I bet his oranges have faded. I have been known to try a little color work on some of these faded glories. But only if you take a notion, they’re already beautiful.

Re: Bugs 'n' Flowers in Lincoln's Hamann Rose Garden with the "Poor Man's Macro"

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:59 pm
by Charles Haacker
mikec wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:16 am
Looking good Chuck and pretty good at hand holding.
Thanks Mike. I also confess to shooting short bursts to compensate for movement, a real spray'n'pray approach that ought to disgust me. (N) (...but doesn't)
minniev wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:03 am
What a great set Chuck! They’d be ebeeèyêautiful even without the bugs but those detailed critters make the set exceptional.. the colors and contrast are great. The butterfly looks a little worn, I bet his oranges have faded. I have been known to try a little color work on some of these faded glories. But only if you take a notion, they’re already beautiful.
Thanks Min. I wondered if that flutterby was fading. I thought it might be the light, though. S/he landed in pretty much full over-my-right-shoulder sun (when we started there had been thin overcast but it burned off). I may tinker with the HSL or take her into Photoshop, select her and punch her up to see. :)

EDIT: I'm adding a reworked version. I tried her in Photoshop but felt I did better in Lightroom just using the adjustment brush, twice. HSL didn't work well because it's global and this needed to be targeted. The first pass I masked the wings, reduced the exposure about 2/3 stop and raised the dehaze about 45 (I've noticed that dehaze also increases contrast). Then I duplicated the mask and went over it to erase all but the wingtips since they seemed still faded. And I think it is fade, but I'm still not sure because generally old butterflies have their trailing edges chewed up some and this one does not. Maybe it's old but lucky, like me. (N)

Re: Bugs 'n' Flowers in Lincoln's Hamann Rose Garden with the "Poor Man's Macro"

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:11 am
by St3v3M
Hand held? Wow! S-

Re: Bugs 'n' Flowers in Lincoln's Hamann Rose Garden with the "Poor Man's Macro"

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:48 am
by Ceropegia
All wonderful! Especially glad to see a monarch. Haven't seen any monarchs in several years, but the efforts underway to help them recover, I hope I will start seeing them again.