first photos on my new d40!

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  1. underOATH2220

    underOATH2220 TPF Noob!

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    all of these pictures are unedited..

    some editing suggestions and c and c would be awesome :D

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    Your first shot is pretty artsy. It doesn't really do much for me but then artsy shots generally don't. In terms of actually shooting a subject you've done a pretty good job. Nice sharp focus on the foreground, nicely chosen DOF for the background blur.

    A portrait crop of that butterfly would look quite nice, there's too much empty space on the right at the moment, (admittedly that would mean the subject has to face out of the frame instead of into it, which doesn't usually have good effect).

    Unfortunately though, the focal point of your bee's doesn't feel right. Where you focus defines the primary subject, and in this case you have 2 models, both positioned well and both in clear view, but the focus is on the flower instead.
     
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    What lens did you take the butterfly picture with?

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    bump

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    The D40 is packaged with a Nikkor AF-S 18-55 lens, Mark. Aperture range 3.5-5.6. I'd assume this is the lens used, but unless underOATH2220 returns with a comment, we may never know =). The above lens is perfectly capable for that shot, though.
     
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    Would that be considered a macro shot or just a close up?

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    Naming conventions are somewhat contraversal, Macro, Micro, and close-up often mean the same thing to most people, but as I understand it a true macro shot has to be a reproduction ratio of at least 1:3, with a 1:1 ratio being the most technically recognised. All true macro lenses are 1:2 and 1:1 ratios, as far as I know, and the above lens is a 1:3 maximum.

    The above shot would most often be referred to as a Bokeh shot, because of the chosen DOF. My personal use of the term Macro is when the subject is both close up and takes up most, if not all, of the frame without upscale. A more experienced photographer or a photographer that specialises in Macro shots would probably disagree with that.
     
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    here's the info on the butterfly shot:


    File name: DSC_0157.jpg
    File size: 480114 bytes (3008x2000, 0.6bpp, 38x)
    EXIF Summary: 1/1000s f/5.6 ISO400 175mm (35mm eq:262mm)

    Camera-Specific Properties:

    Equipment Make: NIKON CORPORATION
    Camera Model: NIKON D40
    Camera Software: Ver.1.11
    Maximum Lens Aperture: f/5.5
    Sensing Method: One-Chip Color Area
    Color Filter Array Pattern: 836
    Focal Length (35mm Equiv): 262 mm

    Image-Specific Properties:

    Image Orientation: Top, Left-Hand
    Horizontal Resolution: 300 dpi
    Vertical Resolution: 300 dpi
    Image Created: 2008:09:28 11:36:02
    Exposure Time: 1/1000 sec
    F-Number: f/5.6
    Exposure Program: Not Defined
    ISO Speed Rating: 400
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Metering Mode: Pattern
    Light Source: Unknown
    Flash: No Flash
    Focal Length: 175.00 mm
    Color Space Information: sRGB
    Image Width: 3008
    Image Height: 2000
    Rendering: Normal
    Exposure Mode: Auto
    Scene Capture Type: Standard
    Gain Control: Low Gain Up
    Contrast: Normal
    Sharpness: Normal
    Subject Distance Range: Unknown :(
    ISO Speed Used: 400
    Color Mode: COLOR
    Image Quality: FINE
    White Balance: AUTO
    Image Sharpening: AUTO
    Focus Mode: AF-A
    Flash Setting: NORMAL
    Flash Compensation: 0.0 EV
    ISO Speed Requested: 400
    Tone Compensation: AUTO
    Lens Type: Nikon G Series
    Lens Range: 55.0 - 200.0 mm; f/4.0 - f/5.6
    Auto Focus: Closest Subject, Left Selected, Unknown Focused
    Shooting/Bracketing Mode: Single Frame/Off
    Color Mode: Landscape sRGB
    Lighting Type: NATURAL
    Noise Reduction: OFF
    Camera Actuations: 265
    Saturation 2: AUTO
    Digital Vari-Program: AUTO

    Other Properties:

    Resolution Unit: i
    Chrominance Comp Positioning: Co-Sited
    Exif IFD Pointer: 216
    Compression Scheme: JPEG Compression (Thumbnail)
    Horizontal Resolution: 300 dpi
    Vertical Resolution: 300 dpi
    Resolution Unit: i
    Offset to JPEG SOI: 31456
    Bytes of JPEG Data: 9031
    Chrominance Comp Positioning: Co-Sited
    Exif Version: 2.21
    Image Generated: 2008:09:28 11:36:02
    Image Digitized: 2008:09:28 11:36:02
    Meaning of Each Comp: Unknown
    Image Compression Mode: 4
    Comment:
    DateTime Second Fraction: 20
    DateTimeOriginal Second Fraction: 20
    DateTimeDigitized Second Fraction: 20
    File Source: Other
    Scene Type: Unknown
    White Balance: Auto
    Digital Zoom Ratio: 1
    Saturation: Normal
    Nikon Note Version: 2.10
    Auto Flash Mode:
    Flash Used: No
    Image Optimization:

    But if that was taken at 175 I guess he was several meters away - so not a close up.
     
  9. underOATH2220

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    wow i am soooo sorry for not replying sooner!!!!

    i appreciate all of the feedback though :D :D

    but yeah i used a nikon VR 55-200 mm zoom (as bifur pointed out) to take all of these pictures ahah.. my 18-55 was broken so i had to return the camera but before i did i went out and took these shots :)
     

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