Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

  1. #1
    Senior Member f/otographer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Tromped across the street today to a little field. I was shooting some mushrooms, dandelions, spiders and trying to shoot some dragonflies when I spied this little beasty so cleverly concealed in the grass. All shots with the wonderful Minolta MD Macro Rokkor-X 50/3.5 which is just a lovely piece of glass.

    natures perfect killer


    green death hiding


    no matter where I put the camera that beady little eye followed me...


    gloria insecta


    and a few others...

    where evil casts its shadow


    antenna repairman


    mothering the calamity sack


    ...and so on


    I should point out that I was not using the 1:1 tube with the MD, simply using it by itself. It is such a versatile and sharp lens. One of my favorites. Hope you enjoyed these samples from it.
    Likes 12 Member(s) liked this post

  2. #2
    tigertimb
    Guest

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Great series of shots and I love the drama of the one with the silhouette (maybe even more so if it was rotated 90degrees)

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Istanbul/Turkey
    Posts
    339
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    4

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
    H3DII-31, 5DII, M8, NEX-3 and Camera collection
    http://seyhun.com
    Facebook Page

  4. #4
    Senior Member f/otographer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    tigertimb, thx for the compliment. And oddly enough, I messed around with rotating the silhouette picture. Good call on that one.

    s.agar, thank you to sir.

    If anyone is interested these were all handheld, no crops, and for the most part straight out of the camera jpegs using the Toy Camera effect or the High Contrast B&W effect. There was minimal processing with a little increased sharpness and saturation.

    God I love the NEX 7 with Minolta glass.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Taylor Sherman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    390
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Those are awesome. The Toy Camera effect eh? Interesting!

  6. #6
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    Michiel Schierbeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Amsterdam/Normandy
    Posts
    4,055
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    762

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Very nice (creature), especially the first three.

    Michiel

  7. #7
    flint-hill
    Guest

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    These are first-rate. Macros with a lot of mood are unusual.

  8. #8
    Senior Member f/otographer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Taylor- The Toy Camera effect is one that I find myself using quite a bit on my NEX. It brings out some punchy colors while adding some contrast and vignetting. I really enjoy how it makes photos look. I know some people poo poo the whole idea of in camera effects and do all of their processing in post with Photoshop or some such program. But I feel that in camera effects, especially ones as good as whats in the NEX line, are akin to using different types of film. I like the feeling of being 'locked' into a specific effect just like I am locked into a certain film look when I shoot 35mm. I put Fuji Reala in my cameras because it has a certain look that I like, and I use effects the same way. There is something pure about committing oneself to an effect or film instead of just shooting RAW a knowing you can go back later and do whatever you want. For professional shots for a client, yes, this is what I would do. But for my own art I find this makes me think about my photography in a much more constructive way.

    Michiel-Thank you for the compliments. I put those first because I really like them to.

    flint- Im so glad you mentioned the mood. I really strive for something different in my macro photography then the standard, clinical macro shots you normally see. I think a perfectly composed and exposed photo of a dragonfly on a branch shot with a wide DOF so everything is nice and in view is a great shot, but after you see 10 or 20 or 100 of them they loose their luster and begin to look all the same. I want my shots to be different and engage the viewer in a different way. "Mood" is exactly how I try to do this and I really appreciate you noticing that from these shots. In a way I try to shoot portraits of insects in their environment and bring the viewer down into their world to present them in a very non standard way. Hopefully I am in some way succeeding.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    38
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Wow these are the best images I have ever seen. Nice works.

  10. #10
    Senior Member f/otographer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Contax, that is a very nice thing to say. Thank you.

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    38
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    The first 3 images has a new perspective that I have not seen. The old Rokkor macro render beautiful images. Keep them coming. Nice works again.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Paris, France
    Posts
    337
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    Ditto! Great work indeed!

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Malaysia
    Posts
    143
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    The B&W mantis shot really stood out for me, while the rest are also superb. It somehow brings out a mood unlike any other insect shots I have come across.
    Justin

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    185
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    All are excellent but I agree with jtwloh, the B&W mantis shot is iconic. I also think vertical is the best orientation.

  15. #15
    Senior Member f/otographer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    281
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Natures perfect killer and the NEX 7

    philber, jtwloh, zombii- Thank you for the encouraging comments. I must say I am quite proud of the B&W mantis photo. He had scampered up a tree by this time in our photo shoot together and I was fortunately able to capture him with the setting sun in the frame. The stark b&w of the NEX 7's High Contrast Monochrome mode really suited this shot quite well.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •