ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

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ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:41 pm

Based on Gerry's comments, I thought I start a separate thread where I can post each week's image of mine, so I have them all in one place.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:46 pm

Week 1 - 01-07/01/2012

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Male black flat-head leafhopper, Stenocotis depressa, at Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012/01/05 16:08:37
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby the foto fanatic on Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:55 pm

:up: on the separate thread - looking forward to following your work.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby Reschsmooth on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:06 pm

the foto fanatic wrote::up: on the separate thread - looking forward to following your work.


As a means of outsourcing :agree:
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:00 pm

Week 2 - 08-14/01/2012

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Snail parasitic blowfly, Amenia sp., at Mount Sion Park, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012/01/12 17:23:10
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby Reschsmooth on Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:42 pm

Cracker.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby sirhc55 on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:53 pm

Reschsmooth wrote:Cracker.



No, it’s a fly :roll:
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby Reschsmooth on Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:22 pm

sirhc55 wrote:
Reschsmooth wrote:Cracker.



No, it’s a fly :roll:

I'm just a poor old man. My eyesight is bad. My eyes are poor. My nose is knackered.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby Steffen on Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:43 pm

It's a great insect portrait, almost endearing :)

If pressed for suggestions I'd wish for somewhat more DOF, but I realise that the next stop is f/32 and the end of the line. BTW, I wonder why EV +1.67 exposure compensation was necessary, this doesn't seem like a difficult scene for auto-exposure to handle?

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:45 am

Steffen wrote:If pressed for suggestions I'd wish for somewhat more DOF, but I realise that the next stop is f/32 and the end of the line.

With the 60mm f/2.8D, it can go even smaller than f/32 when focusing close, however, I don't believe I would have gained enough DOF to make much difference.

Steffen wrote:BTW, I wonder why EV +1.67 exposure compensation was necessary, this doesn't seem like a difficult scene for auto-exposure to handle?

Good question. Through experimentation with using the pop-up flash with the mini diffuser (which fits around the end of the lens), I have found that EV+1.67 is required to get close to correct exposure. If I shoot a gray card with the pop-up flash but without the diffuser, I get correct exposure. Once I add the diffuser to the end of the lens, I have to go to EV+1.67 to get the same exposure. I fear that iTTL isn't really completely through the lens - that's the only explanation I can come up with.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby colin_12 on Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:28 pm

I like the clarity of this one Andrew. :up:
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:03 pm

Week 3 - 15-21/01/2012

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Leura Cascades, at Leura, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012/01/21 14:00:57
Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II, Tripod
Settings: ISO 100, 6s, f/32, @ 38.0 mm

I had so many images to choose from this week, mostly small organisms, but I thought I'd choose one from today's outing. I'm also less likely to have a similar shot later in the year.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:05 pm

Andrew, it's a nice classic shot of the cascades but comes across at my end quite flat in colour more so than real life in my opinion. Possibly even just a little bump in the colour and contrast may make it stronger. thoughts?
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:25 pm

Is this any better?

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:08 pm

ATJ wrote:Is this any better?


hhmm, yes, however I think you have increased the brightness a bit, i prefer the whites of the water in the other one, however the saturation is looking better and more like what I saw on the day.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby surenj on Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:07 am

biggerry wrote:i prefer the whites of the water in the other one

Hmm. I think one of us has a calibration issue. From my viewpoint, #1 has yellow water and #2 nice and white water.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:43 am

surenj wrote:
biggerry wrote:i prefer the whites of the water in the other one

Hmm. I think one of us has a calibration issue. From my viewpoint, #1 has yellow water and #2 nice and white water.


probably me with my $2 monitor :rotfl2:

I should have been clearer, in the second the contrast and brightness has blown some of teh water, hence I prefer that aspect of the water in #1, however yes the second does have a better (or lack thereof) cast.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:13 am

Third time's the charm?

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:47 am

ATJ wrote:Third time's the charm?


much stronger image imo.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:09 pm

Week 4 - 22-28/01/2012

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Mushroom, probably Cortinarius sp., at Mount Sion Park, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012/01/27 16:24:32
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:36 pm

Week 5 - 29/01/2012 - 04/02/2012

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Common yellow robberfly, Ommatius sp., at Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012-01-31 09:04:28
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby TonyT on Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:16 pm

Andrew you have excelled your self that shot is fantastic.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:22 pm

that shit ain't arT...but damn its a fing good picture. :up:
(just a fraction less light maybe? it comes across a bit bright my end)
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby the foto fanatic on Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:03 pm

Woo-hoo. Sharp as a tack, beautiful bokeh. Excellent.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby Steffen on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:45 am

Gosh Andrew, what are you paying those insects?

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:04 pm

Week 6 - 05-11/02/2012

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Yellow-headed leafhopper nymph, Brunotartessus fulvus, at Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012/02/06 15:08:58
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:44 pm

Week 7 - 12-18/02/2012

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Nudibranch, Tambja verconis, at Bare Island, La Perouse, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 10.4 metres
Taken: 2012/02/18 10:56:23
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I took nearly 4 thousand frames in the last week so I had quite a few from which to choose.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:30 pm

Week 8 - 19-25/02/2012

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Brown huntsman spider, Heteropoda sp., at Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Taken: 2012/02/25 22:45:01
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Postby ATJ on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:11 am

Week 9 - 26/02/21012 - 03/03/2012

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Hawk moth, Gnathothlibus erotus, at Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.

Taken: 2012/02/26 21:46:06
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:03 am

Week 10 - 4-10/03/2012

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Cup moth caterpillar, Doratifera vulnerans., at Mount Sion Park, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.

Taken: 2012/03/05 17:41:01
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:15 pm

Week 11 - 11-17/03/2012

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Golden orb weaver, Nephila sp., at Knapsack Park, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.

Taken: 2012/03/11 09:12:33
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:49 am

Week 12 - 18-24/03/2012

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Pot-bellied seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis, at The Leap, Kurnell, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 20.6

Taken: 2012/03/24 10:45:43
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby zafra52 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:19 pm

Simply spectacular!
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:39 pm

ATJ wrote:Pot-bellied seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis, at The Leap, Kurnell, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 20.6



needs rotating 90 clicks I think :?
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:23 am

biggerry wrote:needs rotating 90 clicks I think :?

I prefer reality over "art".
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:35 am

Week 13 - 25-31/03/2012

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Toad stink bug, Platycoris sp., at Mount Sion Park, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.

Taken: 2012/03/30 15:36:13
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:18 pm

Week 14 - 1-7/04/2012

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Striped pyjama squid, Sepioloidea lineolata, at Shiprock, Port Hacking, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 12.8 metres

Taken: 2012/04/05 20:17:26
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:28 am

Week 15 - 08-14/04/2012

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Head of a mother-of-pearl pipefish, Vanacampus margaritifer, at Shiprock, Port Hacking, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 14.2 metres.

Taken: 2012/04/09 10:14:13
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:00 pm

Week 16 - 15-21/04/2012

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Peron's tree frog, Litoria peronii, at Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:38 pm

Week 17 - 22-28/04/2012

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Eastern blue devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri, at Point Perpendicular, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 29.1 metres

Taken: 2012/04/28 11:56:13
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby surenj on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:22 pm

That frog is rather nicely done Andrew.

The blue devil looks like a nice specimen for a tank!
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby surenj on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:24 pm

OK just realised that the blue devil is protected.... :roll:

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:30 pm

surenj wrote:OK just realised that the blue devil is protected.... :roll:

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/ wrote:Legal implications
Taking or possessing Eastern blue devil fish (or
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$11 000 and up to 3 months in prison.


must be worth a few bob on the black market then... :rotfl2:

nice shot Andrew, but it does look like a fish tank shot.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Tue May 01, 2012 7:29 am

surenj wrote:The blue devil looks like a nice specimen for a tank!

It was around 40cm long so you'd need a big tank.

biggerry wrote:nice shot Andrew, but it does look like a fish tank shot.

I was shooting with the Tokina 10-17mm fish-eye and it was very hard to get close enough. I have a shot that is a better angle - it is sort of facing me - but it is a bit far away and I have to crop a lot.

The other annoying thing is sRGB profile doesn't do the colours justice. The blue edging on the tail and spots on the face are really electric in life and in the raw photo.

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby biggerry on Tue May 01, 2012 9:43 pm

Hey Andrew, i like the second one better, however neither gives me a sense of size, my first thought was its smaller than my palm.

I assume your using two light sources on these? there is no light fall off to the edge of the frames which gives me the feeling of fish tank rather than real sea.

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Wed May 02, 2012 9:36 am

biggerry wrote:Hey Andrew, i like the second one better, however neither gives me a sense of size, my first thought was its smaller than my palm.

Short of carrying a box of (waterproof) matches to place in the frame, there's not a whole lot I can do about scale.

biggerry wrote:I assume your using two light sources on these? there is no light fall off to the edge of the frames which gives me the feeling of fish tank rather than real sea.

Yes, two strobes. I'm not sure how having light fall-off at the edges makes it more "sea like". All it would show was poor lighting technique. If available light was used (and we ignored that it would be very dark with almost no colour) there wouldn't be light fall-off at the edges.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

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Grey nurse shark, Carcharias taurus, at The Nursery, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Depth: 6.5 metres

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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby Reschsmooth on Sat May 05, 2012 8:47 pm

Andrew, I am really enjoying seeing the weekly nature shots you are posting. Whilst it is such a small fraction of what is out there, seeing something new and diverse every week adds to the appreciation we should have for what is around us.
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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby the foto fanatic on Sat May 05, 2012 9:29 pm

Reschsmooth wrote:Andrew, I am really enjoying seeing the weekly nature shots you are posting. Whilst it is such a small fraction of what is out there, seeing something new and diverse every week adds to the appreciation we should have for what is around us.


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Re: ATJ's Fifty Two Frames

Postby ATJ on Sun May 06, 2012 9:32 am

Reschsmooth wrote:...seeing something new and diverse every week adds to the appreciation we should have for what is around us.

Thanks, Pat. That has been the challenge I have set myself: To not just post an image every week but to try to make every week's image different from previous weeks' images (and future weeks' images). I had started out posting (what I thought was) my best image for the week but as the weeks go on it becomes more difficult.
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