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WARNING - - Yellow Alert - - WARNING - - Yellow Al....

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Well I did warn you.

E-3, Sigma 150mm, ec1.4

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Re: WARNING - - Yellow Alert - - WARNING - - Yellow Al....

Dear Nick,

Superb shots, I have been tempted to buy the 150mm macro recently and these images really are a great advert for the lens and your skill. The 3rd and 4th are my favourites, excellent work.

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Re: WARNING - - Yellow Alert - - WARNING - - Yellow Al....

Excellent shots Nick, the Sigma 150mm + EC14 seem to be a great combo, just saw some macro shots with the same lens and convertor on the sister forum and they were impressive too.

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Re: WARNING - - Yellow Alert - - WARNING - - Yellow Al....

Thank you Chris and Paul.

I expect some mixed reactions to these - during pp it was obvious they were very sensitive to changes in colour balance and brightness. And anyway that much yellow is not to everyones taste (especially for morning viewers).

I think the ec1.4 works well with the 150mm - but it can be a handful with the shallow dof.

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Re: WARNING - - Yellow Alert - - WARNING - - Yellow Al....

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Thank you Chris and Paul.

I expect some mixed reactions to these - during pp it was obvious they were very sensitive to changes in colour balance and brightness. And anyway that much yellow is not to everyones taste (especially for morning viewers).

I think the ec1.4 works well with the 150mm - but it can be a handful with the shallow dof.

Nick
The photos are very clear and sharp. The subject detail is great.

How do you light your macro shots?
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The photos are very clear and sharp. The subject detail is great.

How do you light your macro shots?
Very primitively I'm afraid - I just use a metz58 on the camera and dial in exposure compensation (camera) according to the histogram of previous shots. Using a flash at all is new to me so I'm still working it out. (I know there is a lot of good advice on the net and in magazines, I need a well stubbed toe before I understand).

For these shots I split them into hsv and sharpened on v before recombining, it allows a higher sharpening component without amplyfing flash glare so much.

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You've done it again, Nick - well done!

That particular shade of yellow is gorgeous - being a golden yellow, I think it adds to the 'summery' feel of the images (but yes, yellow - and white - are a devil to deal with when it comes to PP!).

I'd be interested to know, Nick - do you do a High Pass Filter for sharpening your images? They're always so lovely and clear . It's a technique I'd like to have a go with, and I was just wondering if you've used it at all (and if so, how have you found it?).

Beautiful images

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Re: WARNING - - Yellow Alert - - WARNING - - Yellow Al....

Super set of macro shots Nick, in fact, they seem to be getting better and better. These are quite exceptional. A little detail lost on the wing in the first, but the other three are just exquisite.
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Very good set of macro shots
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You've done it again, Nick - well done!

That particular shade of yellow is gorgeous - being a golden yellow, I think it adds to the 'summery' feel of the images (but yes, yellow - and white - are a devil to deal with when it comes to PP!).

I'd be interested to know, Nick - do you do a High Pass Filter for sharpening your images? They're always so lovely and clear . It's a technique I'd like to have a go with, and I was just wondering if you've used it at all (and if so, how have you found it?).

Beautiful images

Thea
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I don't use a high pass filter - though it is something to try and I see The GIMP has a plug-in to do this.

Even at ISO 100 I do a pass with GREYstoration - which is the GIMP noise filter - set at very gentle parameters - this knocks out any underexposure noise in the background.

Then I either use unsharp mask set to a small radius (say 3 or 4 pixels) and a comparitively low value (say .7). Sorry these are GIMP values - they differ from photoshop.

Or I decompose to Hue/Saturation/Value (which gives 2 very odd mono images and a desaturated value one). Then apply USM to the Value one at about 1.0 or 1.1. I then recombine the HSV to produce a colour image. Which is what I used for these.

Sharpening only on value seems to control the glare/burn component that can surround the highly reflective edges (mostly noiceably the 'fur'/hairs on insects).

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Thank you John/EH1

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