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lcpete
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Aug 26, 2006 08:21 |  #1

Hi all here is a beetle that I took on the same day as the dragonfly pic that is also posted in this section Pete

IMAGE: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v490/lcpete/blackbeetle.jpg
Camera Model
Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Shooting Date/Time
20/08/2006 23:52:43
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
1/125
Av( Aperture Value )
10.0
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
1600
Lens
105.0mm
Focal Length
105.0mm
Image Size
3456x2304
Image Quality
Fine
Flash
On
Flash Type
Built-In Flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
-1/3
Red-eye Reduction
Off
Shutter curtain sync
1st-curtain sync
White Balance Mode
Auto
AF Mode
Manual focusing
Parameters Settings
Contrast Mid. High
Sharpness Mid. High
Color saturation Mid. High
Color tone 0ion

Canon 40D, 350D, 550D and 7D :D
Sigma 105, 150 and Canon 100L Macro
Canon 70 - 200 F4L,
Canon 100 - 400L, the wifes but I borrow it !

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dpastern
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Aug 26, 2006 20:42 |  #2
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I'm surprised that you used such a high ISO and yet still appeared to use the flash (onboard). I think that the light from the onboard flash is not reaching the subject properly, so you're totally (or at least mostly) relying on natural light. Try getting an external flash gun (430ex works fine), with a diffuser (sto-fen works fine for me) and a flash bracket to mount the flash off camera (Delta Flip flash 1 flash bracket works for me) as well as a Canon offshoe adaptor #2 when funds allow.

You did a pretty good job of exposing the black shiny carapace of the Beetle, they're usually quite hard to get right from my experience. Image is reasonably sharp as well, but try and get a better angle on the Beetle next time and get more of the eyes in the shot :)

Dave


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Aug 27, 2006 11:28 as a reply to dpastern's post |  #3

dpastern wrote:
I'm surprised that you used such a high ISO and yet still appeared to use the flash (onboard). I think that the light from the onboard flash is not reaching the subject properly, so you're totally (or at least mostly) relying on natural light. Try getting an external flash gun (430ex works fine), with a diffuser (sto-fen works fine for me) and a flash bracket to mount the flash off camera (Delta Flip flash 1 flash bracket works for me) as well as a Canon offshoe adaptor #2 when funds allow.

You did a pretty good job of exposing the black shiny carapace of the Beetle, they're usually quite hard to get right from my experience. Image is reasonably sharp as well, but try and get a better angle on the Beetle next time and get more of the eyes in the shot :)

Dave

thanks for the constructive comments Dave, still learning so any help gratefully recieved :)
I was on a high ISO because the light was very poor but see what you mean, with flash should have been able to lower the ISO
I was trying to use the flash just to fill in as have been getting variable results just using flash alone
See what you mean about the angle next time I will get lower down
cheers
Pete


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dpastern
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Aug 27, 2006 17:23 |  #4
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Yup. Get down lower and more front on, or from a 3/4 angle. I'm a sinner when it comes to shots from above (it's not always possible to get down low I'm afraid). Shooting bugs is like shooting a model or portratis - it's the eyes that really matter.

Dave


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racketman
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Aug 27, 2006 18:24 |  #5

pretty good for a black beetle; probably a Dor beetle.


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