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Dalantech
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May 28, 2015 11:37 |  #1

The way that they sleep is really cool!

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/tBE6​vT] (external link)Wool Carder Bee Series 1-4 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Love the eyes on these bees! This image hit Explore on Flickr and has 30,938 views as of this post -always surprises me because I don't play the social game.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: As the bee started to wake up I coxed it onto a small daisy.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/toqC​N1] (external link)Wool Carder Bee Series 1-5 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Going back to my normal high magnification, high Fstop, macro with this shot.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F14, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 5x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

I placed the Lavender stem in a small wood clamp, set it on my patio table, and then rested the lens on the table as well to help keep the scene steady.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/tJ7y​tx] (external link)Wool Carder Bee Series 1-6 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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May 28, 2015 12:03 |  #2

excellent shots......




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May 28, 2015 12:53 |  #3

Oh, yes. Excellent work as always, Dalantech.


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May 28, 2015 14:11 |  #4

Excellent set, nice details! How do you process your images (sharpen tehnique etc) if i may ask?


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May 28, 2015 14:29 |  #5

Thanks folks :)

MargusL wrote in post #17574919external link
... How do you process your images (sharpen tehnique etc) if i may ask?

I set the camera to "neutral" with no sharpening, and I set the Elements 13 RAW editor so that it does not do any sharpening or noise reduction. After removing dust spots I create a new layer and use Topaz Denoise for noise removal, new layer + Topaz Detail for sharpening, new layer + Topaz Clarity for contrast adjustments, and then one final sharpening pass:

Create a new layer.
Select Filter/High Pass
Set the pixel level from 3 to 6 (depends on the image -the higher the mag and Fstop the higher the pixel level).
Select Enhance/Adjust Color/Remove Color
At this point the layer looks like a grey outline of the prominent items in the scene.
Open up Topaz Denoise again and use the strong denoise option. You want the areas between major detail elements to be smooth.
In the drop down box directly above the layer (I think it's the "Mode options") change it from "Normal" to "Linear Light".
Set the opacity to about 25%.

Your welcome ;)

Note: I have created custom filters in all of my Topaz plugins so that they work with my light. Each layer is really a minor adjustment, but added up the effect is pretty substantial. Keep in mind that what I do in post is very dependent on what I'm doing with the camera -it's really a singular process. If the quality of my light was poor nothing I do in post would save the image...

Edit: Always willing to share what I'm doing with the camera and post -keeping secrets does not keep me "in the lead" -constantly pushing myself to do better today than yesterday does...


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May 28, 2015 14:41 |  #6

Incredible John


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May 28, 2015 14:48 |  #7

So you are running the Topaz plugins through Elements? I use a couple through Lightroom. I wondered how well their denoise / detail / clarity plugins functioned. I will have to give them a try.


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May 28, 2015 14:55 |  #8

Thanks Travis!

CanopicJar wrote in post #17574976external link
So you are running the Topaz plugins through Elements? I use a couple through Lightroom. I wondered how well their denoise / detail / clarity plugins functioned. I will have to give them a try.

I really like their plugins. Denoise is really good at preserving detail, Detail is really good at not making an image look over sharpened (unless you really push it), and Clarity is amazing at adjusting contrast. Sign up for their news letters and license the plugins when they put them on sale ;)


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May 28, 2015 15:55 |  #9

Dalantech wrote in post #17574945external link
Thanks folks :)

I set the camera to "neutral" with no sharpening, and I set the Elements 13 RAW editor so that it does not do any sharpening or noise reduction. After removing dust spots I create a new layer and use Topaz Denoise for noise removal, new layer + Topaz Detail for sharpening, new layer + Topaz Clarity for contrast adjustments, and then one final sharpening pass:

Create a new layer.
Select Filter/High Pass
Set the pixel level from 3 to 6 (depends on the image -the higher the mag and Fstop the higher the pixel level).
Select Enhance/Adjust Color/Remove Color
At this point the layer looks like a grey outline of the prominent items in the scene.
Open up Topaz Denoise again and use the strong denoise option. You want the areas between major detail elements to be smooth.
In the drop down box directly above the layer (I think it's the "Mode options") change it from "Normal" to "Linear Light".
Set the opacity to about 25%.

Your welcome ;)

Note: I have created custom filters in all of my Topaz plugins so that they work with my light. Each layer is really a minor adjustment, but added up the effect is pretty substantial. Keep in mind that what I do in post is very dependent on what I'm doing with the camera -it's really a singular process. If the quality of my light was poor nothing I do in post would save the image...

Edit: Always willing to share what I'm doing with the camera and post -keeping secrets does not keep me "in the lead" -constantly pushing myself to do better today than yesterday does...

Thank you very much! I use only Photoshop own filters, never tried Topaz. I will give them a try.


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May 29, 2015 00:39 |  #10

Wonderful captures John - esp like #2
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May 30, 2015 00:31 |  #11

Thanks Brian :)


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