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    Dinnertime



    This is the reason my Carpenter Bee left his perch the other day... this guy was on the bamboo a couple of inches below him.

    Canon G9, Canon Macro Lenses 250D and 500D.

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    Re: Dinnertime

    that's a fantastic capture.
    how did you manage to get such a vibrant green out of the G9 ?
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    Re: Dinnertime

    Usually I hate bug shots, never saw the appeal but this one, is GRRRREAT!

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    Re: Dinnertime

    Quote Originally Posted by arashm View Post
    that's a fantastic capture.
    how did you manage to get such a vibrant green out of the G9 ?
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    The short answer is... you don't. You get it out of Photoshop.

    The long answer is...

    Open the image in Photoshop.
    Duplicate the layer.
    Set Mode to Multiply and leave Opacity at 100%.
    Duplicate that layer.
    Set Mode to Soft Light and leave Opacity at 100%.
    Run Noiseware to get rid of amplified noise.
    Flatten image.
    Resize as you like.
    Sharpen to taste.

    Thanks for the nice comment.

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    Re: Dinnertime

    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    Usually I hate bug shots, never saw the appeal but this one, is GRRRREAT!
    The use of capitals in forum posts is sometimes most welcome. Thank you.

    These guys (and girls, I suppose) are really quite interesting. They're very inquisitive (often jumping on the camera when you least want them to) and because they're the velociraptors of the insect world, they're fearless. And they're patient. I remember photographing one sitting on a camera in my office when Leela called me to lunch -- I returned an hour later to find he hadn't moved.

    Perhaps it's the big eyes and the lack of fear that creates a connection that you don't normally feel with other insects.

    Cheers,
    Don

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