thanks for the comments Brian, Keith, Beemarino and Greg.
troypiggo wrote in post #9300914
Great set mate. Looks like a good location with a lot of variety.
We should organise a meet there as soon as the surface water subsides (as Greg suggests).
robertnzana wrote in post #9300992
Awesome shots! What equipment did you use for these? How did you get the background to be so dark in most of these pics? Was it mostly PP?
I think the exif should be intact, but if it can't be read then all these were taken with the 50D and EF100mm f2.8 macro lens. The lighting was with a 580EX II and lumiquest softbox mounted on top of the camera.
The only pp to the background was the removal of dust spots which show up well with the smooth colour graduation. The darkish background comes from the flash only hitting the subject and adjacent objects and not having anything within the immediate background to light up and show as out of focus light. It is good for the isolation of the subject, but the really dark, almost black backgrounds I prefer to avoid if possible. I think some colour in the background is nice to see and adds to picture more and you can still get the subject isolation. Unfortunately sometimes it is just impossible to get some background colour and you just have to go with what you have to make sure you can get the subject.