Cat Herding-XE-1 & 200mm f4 Canon FD Macro snaps-Image heavy

Discussion in 'Nature' started by zapatista, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. zapatista

    zapatista FujiXspot Regular

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    Mike
    Trying to do bee shots with a manual focus lens is really fun, with a lot of misses :) All taken from the Denver Botanical Gardens this morning. I got a little happy with the sharpening on a couple of the bee shots. DSCF8212. DSCF8210. DSCF8204. DSCF8203. DSCF8245. DSCF8231. DSCF8249.
     
  2. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

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    Wow - I love those purples and yellows.

    Did you shoot raw or jpg? Not sure if it's just me, but I'm finding I have to dial down the reds/pinks/magentas on the X-E1 JPEGs, and I seem to see some of that with your red tulip.
     
  3. zapatista

    zapatista FujiXspot Regular

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    Mike
    All shots are raw, processed through lightroom 4.4...no color corrections. I did change exposure on a couple of the shots and sharpened up a couple shots--exporting to jpegs for posting.
     
  4. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

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    Thanks. So I guess the reds are a little aggressive even in raw (unless they really are that red)? Don't get me wrong - I love my X-E1, I just noticed this a lot primarily because my daughters almost always wear something pink. :)
     
  5. zapatista

    zapatista FujiXspot Regular

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    Mike
    One more shot with 1:1 crop (this time straight from LR 4.4 w/no sharpening).

    DSCF8267.

    1-1 crop (1 of 1).
     
  6. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    Very nice photos indeed. Even more impressive because you shot with manual. I especially like the shot of the bee on top of the flower. The grain in the white flower of your first series also works really well !.
    thanks for sharing,
    Peter
     
  7. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    Hyubie,

    Just my two cents (after doing some testing during my camera decision process): shooting in raw delivers better results, especially in reds. I shot quite a few photos of red roses and the jpegs looked bad (tried astia, velvia, standard with various other processing settings). I should add "when I viewed them in LR4.4". The raw results (with standard preset applied) looked much better. Not quite as nice as the reds produced by the D800 but good enough (D800 required more WB corrections). Shooting raw does not really take more time. During import in LR I apply standard preset and further processing is often not necessary (sometimes adding contrast in midtones, sometimes local adjustments). I only shoot jpeg "just in case" and for the reasons Rico writes about in his book.
    Peter