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Just a few from the garden. The zinnias are very popular

Thank you for looking. Appreciate your comments.

Hope you enjoy,

Birdie




Bee on Zinnia

  NIKON D800    300mm    f/9.0    1/1250s    1600 ISO    +1.0 EV  






Zinnia and Lady Bug

  NIKON D800    300mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    1600 ISO    +2.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    300mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    1600 ISO    +2.0 EV  






Dragon Fly with Red Canna in Background

  NIKON D800    300mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    1600 ISO    +1.0 EV  






Monarch on Zinnia

  NIKON D800    300mm    f/7.1    1/400s    450 ISO    +0.3 EV  



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Sep 26, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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Totally jealous of your natural light photography Birdie -that dragonfly need to be printed large and framed!

Would you mind explaining your setup? I think a lot of people could benefit from your technique.



Sep 26, 2013 at 05:28 AM
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Thank you very much John.

Actually these are with flash . My set up is nothing complicated. It is:
Nikon D 800
300 mm f/4 lens was used for the shots above with the Kenko 12mm extension tube.
(Also use the 105mm micro on occasion )
SB 900 speed light on camera . I used the plastic diffuser that comes with it plus I put the opteka small soft box diffuser over the plastic one. I am not very good at DIY projects! This is the combo I came up with and am pretty happy with it. I do want to get a flash bracket and try with that at some point.
I use the flash in fill flash for these as it was quite sunny. I usually will dial in a flash compensation as well.

I find I really try to expose to the right . I find this gives me more options in post.

I do handhold most of the time , but sometimes use a monopod. These were handheld. Find handholding makes it easier to chase after them . I am not coordinated enough to fumble with adjusting tripods that quickly. I do however sit , kneel or lay on the ground and use my elbows or knees for support.

I set the exposure manually , but do use auto ISO especially when the critters are going between sun and shade or clouds are moving in and out.

I don't use anything to try and pose or freeze the subject. Personal decision , I just follow them around and hope they land on a nice perch and that I am quick enough to get a shot before they move on

The rest is hoping, praying and just enjoying the moment.

Hope this helps. Just let me know if you need more information or if you have any suggestions for improvements.

Birdie









Sep 26, 2013 at 02:06 PM
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v.nice Roberta,of course, the dragon is my favourite


Sep 26, 2013 at 04:09 PM
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Thank you very much Michael.

Birdie



Sep 27, 2013 at 04:18 AM
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Birdie

These are excellent shots. It makes me chuckle when someone says "amazed by your natural light shots" and it turns out flash was used! (I could not tell so I'm saying it is a huge compliment, I'm not making fun of anyone! )

For me, number 1, I would like to see it slightly cropped off the left to take the bee away from right side/centre more but that is just my gut feel and a bit nit-picky.

Your crop on number 2 just makes it my favourite over number 1. I looked at it and thought what a lovely flower/colours/comp/clarity etc. and then I "found" the lady bug and I thought wow!! I love pictures like this that make you work unknowingly! First class!!

Kind regards

Steven





Sep 27, 2013 at 02:13 PM
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Thanh you Steven for the very kind words. I will certainly play with the crop on the bee .
Glad you liked the second one, it is my favorite

Birdie



Sep 27, 2013 at 02:29 PM
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very nice Roberta.. the first and last for me


Sep 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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Are you using aperture or shutter priority?

Here's a trick for you, the "hillbilly monopod": You can either use a regular monopod without a ball head, or just some reed or a thick dowel rod. Wrap your hand around the "monopod" and stick out your thumb, then rest the lens on your thumb. If you want to change the height that your shooting from simply relax your hand and slide it where you need it to be. Easy to do, and making adjustments is very quick so you can keep up with moving subjects.



Sep 28, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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Thank you very much Kenny.

John, l set the exposure manually . I will certainly try the "hillbilly monopod" sounds interesting, thanks !

Birdie



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Good colors exposure


Sep 29, 2013 at 09:48 AM
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Love the first, pic is nice and big too ...


Sep 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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Thank you gentlemen

Birdie



Sep 30, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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Very nice Birdie , very nice use of fill flash , very natural feel. all are wonderful but #2 is the stand out for me .


Sep 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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Thank you so much Tom. Glad you like the second one, it is my favorite and most don't seem to like it that much

Birdie



Oct 01, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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Excellent shots there Birdied. The 300mm is one heck of a lens and you make it scream with these types of shots. Love them all but the second one would be my fav.

Luis



Oct 09, 2013 at 01:29 PM
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Very nice exposure


Oct 11, 2013 at 04:06 AM
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Wonderful set, Birdie! I really love the dragon fly because the red mimics the pose of the dragon fly.

Julian



Oct 11, 2013 at 06:02 PM
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Thank you gentlemen, much appreciated.

Birdie



Oct 12, 2013 at 04:20 AM
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Great shots. thanks for sharing.


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