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5th May 2008, 11:30 AM
These were taken on my E500 and 14-45mm kit lens all handheld at the closest possible range, comments welcome
f5.6 1/400 45mm

f7 1/200 45mm

f7 1/125 45mm

5th May 2008, 11:51 AM
Great bug macro, even if a touch prurient :D:D. I love them. But where in Cornwall did you see palm flowers?? I know the Gulf Stream gets up that way but still....

I'm Florida and the palms and everything else are going wild, but I do have a hard time wrapping my mind around Cornish palms.

Chrs, Stv

5th May 2008, 11:56 AM
The bugs and palm are in my garden, the palm is 6.5feet the bugs a lot smaller:D:D
I dont think they qualify as macro shots as its a standard kit lens and a more point and shoot technique

5th May 2008, 12:52 PM
Hey Mike

You have managed to capture some wonderfully rich colours in those shots, especially the first one... that burgundy colour is absolutely gorgeous.

Can I make one suggestion if I may please... and that is re the borders you have used. Now this is purely personal taste and I normally like small borders, but the ones you have used here actually took my fancy. The suggested improvements are twofold;

make the space above and to the sides of the image smaller than the space below the image - so that the text then takes up the space beneath the image
use a different font!! :) maybe with a shadow effect...Hope that helps...

5th May 2008, 12:53 PM
Nice Shots!
I bought the 35mm Macro lens recently, ( try ebay, mine was 116 all in,) it opens up a whole new world of photography.



5th May 2008, 12:59 PM
Cheers Guys, I was just messing, what has impressed me is just how close you can get with the 14-45mm and with the right set up that you can achieve some good close up.
I will have to try something with the borders*yes

5th May 2008, 04:50 PM
it's possible to do incredibly nice borders that truly mimic real frames. Try using a slightly lighter or darker inner border right up against what you have already. Then stroke a 1 or 2 pixel bright line right down the border all the way around.

Which program are you using to do your borders?

As it happens since there's no accounting for taste, I really like your font. I'd try cap/lowercase but what you have is fine in my eyes.

I'm somewhat relieved that your palm is 6.5 feet. The similar ones here, which I thought you took a photo of are 30 feet tool before they fruit.:D

Chrs, Stv

5th May 2008, 05:04 PM
I totally agree that it is all down to personal taste, here's the effect I was alluding to, shout if you want me to take it down.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/590/bug-edit.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5154)

5th May 2008, 05:05 PM
Fluffy, its only a baby palm its actually a "Cordyline Australis" probably grow to the size of a redwood knowing my luck. :D

5th May 2008, 05:08 PM
John, I had a go at that in photoshop..................couldnt work out how to get the variation..........................I have no problem with your tinkering it looks good:(..............:D

5th May 2008, 08:33 PM

2 Very nice shots I really like the colour difference between the Acer leaves and the Shield bugs.

Given you were looking for perfection I agree with John that your borders did little to enhance the images and in that vein I preferred the secons with the antennae shoeing on both insects.

Also the composition in the second is nicer the large section of OOF leaf below the insects in the first distracts the eye somewhat.

The second is defintitly a notch above the 1st.


5th May 2008, 08:55 PM
John, I had a go at that in photoshop..................couldnt work out how to get the variation..........................I have no problem with your tinkering it looks good:(..............:DHi Mike

I am happy to jot down how I did this, but if I were to do this right now I'd probably give you clearer directions to get to the moon!! Reason being is that I have had more than my share of wine and BBQ evenings... :)

I'll pop something on here as to how I did that if you're interested tomorrow. Please let me know, thanks.