WOO HOO!!!! Spring is FINALLY here!

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  1. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    First 'flower' of the season. Since last fall, I've been accumulating gear... lighting, focus rail, extension tubes..... all to try my hand at shooting up the garden.

    Went out to get the mail, noticed a shingle on the deck. Ooops.... windstorm took a couple tabs off the roof. So up I go this afternoon for a little handy Dan work, and I notice my Bradford Pear tree is juuuuuuust starting to blossom.

    So after my home fix-it foray, I headed out to snip off some of the blossoms.



    So far, editing what I felt was the best image, my first results of the spring!

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    Comments welcome.


     
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  2. DorkSterr

    DorkSterr No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Beautiful! Soooo sharp!!!!!!!!
     
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    A+++++


    ...but what is a wonderpole for?
     
  4. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Getting a camera 45' off the ground.
     
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    Desi No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Woo Hoo. Beautiful shot
     
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    TheFantasticG No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nice first result.
     
  7. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Three more!

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  8. jjng

    jjng TPF Noob!

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    beautiful shot! great work!
     
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    All four pictures are perfectly exposed. The whites are truly white, yet not blown out. The colors are rich, but not saturated. Technically, like I said, perfectly exposed.

    Compositionally, Picture #1 takes a different perspective from the usual macro shot, and I really like it. The water drops just adds even more to the picture (as well as the rest of your set). Picture #2 is just a little too centered for me, but still a rock solid image. Love both pictures 3 & 4. 3 has the perfect Bokeh background, but Pic #4 with it's crystal sharp image shows the delicacy of the petals to the nth degree.

    Maybe I should spend less time looking for photo opportunities at my usual haunts, and spend some quality time on my roof. :lmao::lol:
     
  10. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Here's the set-up:

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    The goodies:

    Nikon D7000
    Auto Extension tubes
    Nikkor 70-300mm
    Manfrotto 055XB tripod
    Manfrotto 804RC2 head
    Fotomate 4-way focus rail
    Two Strobelite 300ws strobes w/beauty dishes
    Yongnuo RF remote trigger
    MC-DC2 wired shutter release
    99ยข mist bottle from Dollar General (not shown)



    The process:

    12-18 frames each, shot in raw. Edited with Nikon Capture NX2 (black and white points set via histogram, saturation, contrast & exposure tweaked, high-pass focus filter added), focus stack complied with CombineZM. Final edit & crop in Gimp 2.6.
     
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  11. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That first one is quite nice.
     

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