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  1. Wow ! Thank you ! I forgot to tell you I'm using extension tube set for the closer shots. It's three tube that works exactly like a lens, and allow you to take away the lens from the DSLR bdy. The result is huge close up. I use it for flowers detail, drosera or byblis glue, utric traps.... As there's no lens in it, there's no optical loses but the in-view is darker and time exposure longer.
  2. Hi, I'm really happy to read all this, thanks to you ! As some of you told me, let me tell you how I'm working. I use a Nikon D70 with the Nikkor 60mm 2.8D micro. It's a macro lens able to make 1:1 close-up (in fact it's bigger again due to the 1,5X siez factor between film and CCDs). The most importanr for me, to make great pics, is the control of light. That's why I use 2 cordless macro speedlights. They're controled by the built-in flash of the D70, or buy the SB800 (that allow different power groups), or even by the SU800 controller. I always work in Manual mode, so I can control the shutter speed and the apperture at the same time. The apperture should always be between F/8 and F/11 (better sharpness), and up to F/22 when big depth of field's needed. If I want black background or if there's no background, I work with high shutter speed (like 1/200 to 1/500). If I need the background to appear, I have to slowdown, and/or raise the apperture. I always manualy focus. I made an approximative focus with the focus ring, I keep the breath and make the final focus by moving the whole body. That's the only way to make perfectly clear and sharp photographs. (I just speak about macrophotography !) Finaly, I always shoot in RAW mode, and edit the files in Nikon Capture. The RAW (*.nef) advantage is that you can adjust many parameters that would be impossible with the jpg, like white balance. I often enhance sharpness by using the unsharp mask. But all this settings help to make a great photograph a perfect photograph, but a bad one will still a bad one. If you have any question, don't hesitate Really ? To whom ? If you have any suggestion about saling photos, that would interest me. Andreas, if I was fortunate I'd buy you new eyes and a new cam. Bisous Oh, I forgot : always be self critic about your work. That's te only way to progress ! Happy shooting !
  3. Thanks ! In french we have an expression which says "it's not fell in the ear of a deaf". I'm still working in it (in french first), but it's not easy ! I have some technical dfficulties whith explanation about optical aspects....
  4. Here's the pics : Drosera prolifera : Heliamphora heterodoxa still growing : Roridula gorgonias : Utricularia calycifida from the whole plant to the closer shot of the flower : The pretty Utricularia uniflora : And one of my favorite plants Byblis liniflora :
  5. I rather see big teeth on that plant ! Nice "eye shot" (I'm not sure you said this in english).
  6. Wow, this thread returns to life ! Thanks for all your nice comments. I'm currently working on a new picture set, if I'm courageous I'll post it in a few hours....
  7. Hi, really nice for a first time ! However you're pics are a bit to dark, I presume you chose to increase depth of field but exposure time too ! Try to work with more light, or if it's impossible you can edit them with Photoshop or else. If you wish it, I can show you what you can do with your photos in just a few clicks... Keep training, you're on the right way What lens and cam is it ? Cheers
  8. Thank you, and here's new things from outa space : It's my first try, so the technical is highly perfectible. I take it through a simple glass, and it's far away from optical ideal...
  9. Thank you all, maybe I'll be luckier next year for the best photo competition
  10. Hi all, and thanks for the last comments. I retrieved my camera, so here's fresh pics. Byblis liniflora : Drosera paradoxa : Drosera scorpioides and maybe sp. Large badgerup :
  11. Fantastic as usual ! My first tuberous, D. erythrorhiza is doing the same thing as your Drosera Graniticola (didn't know that species !) a kind of red root. Is it normal ?
  12. Hi Laurent, it would be a pleasure, but it will take time before taking the facts of the matter VFT is the only plant whose I never take really good shots...
  13. Hallo, There's a difference between adjusting curves, sharpness, etc... that affect the "rendering" of the picture, and bluring, deforming or erasing, like in fashion photography. I'm not sure all of those who denigrate manipulation make the distinction.
  14. I risk the run to polute Andreas's thread, but I wish you to answer me that simple question : to you think I hoodwink the viewer with my all [i]manipulate pictures[/i] ?
  15. Hallo, and thanks to you. adding my mustard to... similar to the french "mettre son grain de sel" or " to put its salt grain" ? I think so. Actually I was unable to correctly lighting the scene... That VFT is in the same pot of a Sarracenia wich grow so much that it covers all of the other plant... My speedlight system is a bit bulky, so lighting is not always a pleasure ! I should retry it in full sun... You're right too. I made a second version of this pic (manipulate :mrgreen:) wich was more clear, but I didn't save it... I'll try to make a better one. This kind of photo "give me line to redistord" (in french in the text). Again... you're right. My last shots seems to be greyer (?) than the olders... I have to change my workflow, and try new things. I put myself to work as soon as my camera's back !
  16. That's not the way I see photography, do you really thinks mine are cheating ? The main of images manipulation, is not to show what does not exist, but to approach what the eye really see. The way your camera interpret the light is not necessarily the truth... A digital camera uses different technicals to enhance pictures quality, like the sharpness level. It's in the cam, but it's already manipulation ! What about your pics, don't you never take them in RAW mode to enhance different factors ? ps : I feel you're a bit angry about me... Right ?
  17. ...and it's not a shame ! That irritates me when I ear people talking about "true photography", wich means no correction. CCD (or CMOS) and films are not retina, they need interpretation to produce naturally pictures. Thoses techniques (for enhance sharpness, contrast, saturation, etc...) existed before the computer !
  18. Thank you all ! Very Purty!! Gné ? Someone to hlep me to translate ?
  19. Hi all, I didn't post any pics since July, so i show you some of my last pics. My cam is on repair so I can't shoot at the moment :| Let's start with some seed pics : Darlingtonia californica : Byblis liniflora : Drosera nidiformis : Utricularia bisquamata : Utricularia calycifida : Funny leaves of my old dionaea : Heliamphora heterodoxa : Drosera capnesis var. alba : Byblis liniflora : ... and at least my first Lithops showing it's first flowers : (pic taken whith a Coolpix 200)
  20. Hi Andreas, new shots, same touch ! It's a pleasure too see your heavy saturate and high contrast pictures again
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