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brian1208
24th November 2012, 09:21 PM
The more I use this system the more I'm falling in love with what it can do. I spent a few hours today at a local Raptor Centre shooting mainly Owls + a Peregrine under basic studio conditions and the results are probably the best I have ever achieved for these birds (in a "Non-Naturalistic" way)

See what you think

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Olympus%2060mm%20macro%20images/littleowlstarefullface.jpg

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Olympus%2060mm%20macro%20images/Peregrinehooddetail.jpg



http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Olympus%2060mm%20macro%20images/scopesstareandstep.jpg

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Olympus%2060mm%20macro%20images/ScopesPedicure.jpg

Fearless Leader
24th November 2012, 09:44 PM
Number one is my favourite, very well done.

Wee man
24th November 2012, 10:09 PM
Lovely shots like the Owl shots.

PeterBirder
24th November 2012, 10:14 PM
Superb shots, tremendous detail.

However:rolleyes: what are the square reflections in the eyes. Is it studio lighting?

Thanks for sharing.*chr

emirpprime
24th November 2012, 10:16 PM
Very nice :)

IainMacD
24th November 2012, 10:46 PM
Lovely set of shots Brian, the eyes in the first shot are so intense. The quality of that lens is certainly shining through

brian1208
24th November 2012, 10:50 PM
Superb shots, tremendous detail.

However:rolleyes: what are the square reflections in the eyes. Is it studio lighting?

Thanks for sharing.*chr

Thanks Pete, yep as here under basic studio conditions

I shall probably provide suitable circular catchlights at some time, these are more or less straight from the .JPG files with a crop and resize

Sorry - I'm a bit like a kid who's just found out the his new toy is Really Ace :o

Zuiko
24th November 2012, 10:59 PM
That lens doesn't look very sharp! :J) *laugh*laugh*laugh

It's unusual to see birds shot in studio conditions, thanks for showing and great work. :)

brian1208
24th November 2012, 11:11 PM
Thanks John, I was inspired by reading an article interviewing Tim Flach and looking at his amazing images (not that I think mine are anything like the same quality of course :) ) but I have tried to recreate the "Super-Reality" that he achieves with these images

cariadus
25th November 2012, 12:08 AM
Wow, amazing images.

Thanks John, I was inspired by reading an article interviewing Tim Flach and looking at his amazing images (not that I think mine are anything like the same quality of course :) ) but I have tried to recreate the "Super-Reality" that he achieves with these images

I think you've done a pretty good job of doing that.

Makes me want a 60mm even more (not that I'd be able to take shots like these).

Chevvyf1
25th November 2012, 08:11 AM
WoW ! and MEGA WoW ! I want to do this ... can I ask where ? you arranged this phenominally brilliant experience ???

Stunning images ... bet you have LOADS more ??? :D

Alpha1
25th November 2012, 09:33 AM
Superb Owl shots Brian, a great photo opportunity definitely not wasted!*chr

As others have commented, that 60mm looks to be yet another great Zuiko lens. I thought that my Panny-Leica 45 was good until I saw these!! :(

By the way we are almost near neighbours! Whilst I am a Hampshire man I'm not far over the border from Dorset!

Bikie John
25th November 2012, 12:16 PM
Wow. At the sight of the first one, my inner small furry animal ran away terrified!

Ciao ... John

brian1208
25th November 2012, 05:27 PM
WoW ! and MEGA WoW ! I want to do this ... can I ask where ? you arranged this phenominally brilliant experience ???

Stunning images ... bet you have LOADS more ??? :D

Thanks for your kind comment, yes - a few more here :) :

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/gallery/bird-of-prey-studio-shoot-16282

This is where we had the shoot

http://www.libertyscentre.co.uk/

and this is Miles Herbert who organised it


http://www.treknature.com/members/CaptiveLight/

Based in Ringwood Hampshire

brian1208
25th November 2012, 05:30 PM
Superb Owl shots Brian, a great photo opportunity definitely not wasted!*chr

As others have commented, that 60mm looks to be yet another great Zuiko lens. I thought that my Panny-Leica 45 was good until I saw these!! :(

By the way we are almost near neighbours! Whilst I am a Hampshire man I'm not far over the border from Dorset!

I had the panny 45 and traded it for the oly 60mm and yes, there is a step change but the panny has a more artistic rendering of some scenes where the oly can be a bit clinical (which suits me).

Yep, Christchurch used to be Hampshire until they moved the boundary :D

kidslateinlife
25th November 2012, 05:49 PM
Fantastic set......... I am with Chevvy on this..... Woudl love to get some images close up.

brianvickers
25th November 2012, 06:38 PM
Absolutely stunning !!!!!!!!

Swordfish
26th November 2012, 07:00 AM
Excellent shots with terrific clarity and detail - I like #2 for detail and interest.

So I must ask - OOC jpegs or processed raw?

Martin

Phill D
26th November 2012, 07:17 AM
Add me to the amaized list, these are fantastic shots.

brian1208
26th November 2012, 08:01 AM
thanks for all the positive comments, makes me feel I may be going in the right direction with these.

Martin, I shot RAW + LFS .JPG but found that the .jpg were so good I didn't bother to try processing the RAWs yet.

Apart from a crop then resizing for web the only adjustments made were to the exposure balance with slight highlight / shadow mods.

No post-process sharpening and the .JPG settings were all standard apart from +1 on Vibrance (I can't get over how sharp this lens can be and how well the AF handles the dark conditions under which we were shooting, with the modelling lights quite low)