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Butterflies

Discussion in 'Nature' started by christian, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Hi guys,

    So here are some pictures I took last monday morning, at dawn. This time I could use my Sigma 60mm. I realised that f/2.8 for this kind of work is enough. Thomas Delahaye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowshadow92/) told me so as he uses a 100mm f/2.8 too but I didn't believe him at first. He has a FF camera and I have an APS-C, so I wasn't that far from him (60mm on APS-C is a 90mm equivalent) even though the same aperture doesn't have the same result with a FF compared to an APS-C.
    So in most of my shots the butterfly isn't enterely in focus. The antennas, or parts of the wings are often out of focus. In the end, 1.4 or 1.8 wouldn't be better. I must admit I missed the IS and I still think I want a longer focal lenght next time.

    So here goes, what do you think?

    15196831175_0de6f456ed_c. Karma by IdeaLuz Photography, on Flickr
    _DSC6164. _DSC5985-002. _DSC5904. _DSC5928. _DSC6017. _DSC6038. _DSC6092-001. _DSC6102. _DSC6107. _DSC5940.
    _DSC5912. _DSC5887-001. _DSC5959-001. _DSC6005.
     
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Well done. Some of the framing is marvelous. :D
     
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  3. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Love the results!
     
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  4. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

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    May 5, 2014
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    Chris
    These are fantastic, especially love the shot that looks like the moon in the background
     
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  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Another great set, Christian. I love the use of backlighting on most of these. Is that a tip you got from your "teacher" friend, or is that something you came up with on your own?
     
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  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I think these are outstanding!!! I'm a big fan of your personal photography style (maybe a little jealous too lol :D ) - the dreamy, poetic, artistic feel/look :thumbup:

    Wanna visit Cyprus to give me some classes? lol :D
     
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  7. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 10, 2013
    Paris
    Yannis Marigo
    Is this the native bokeh of the sigma ?


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  8. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Thank you David!

    To answer your question, it's a little bit of both. I wanted to do something like that but he helped me and showed me how to do it and to improve this technique. But it's not optimal yet, I still have to improve. Actually I'm not that pleased with the result. I still shoot Jpeg because my poor old computer is not powerful enough to perform LR5, so it would be useless to shoot raw if I can't do anything with those files. I'm waiting to buy a new computer and start shooting Raw. I have Big expectations with raws. I hope it'll help me to improve my post-processing and editing.


    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118310489@N03/
     
  9. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 17, 2012
    Great shots, an interesting subject handled with a very delicate touch - well done :)
     
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  10. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    HA HA Thank you Nick! That's a great compliment!
    I'd love to come to Cyprus one day. I know it's a very beautiful island. The only island I know (but pretty well) in the mediterranean sea is Corsica. I used to go there almost every summer when I was a child. I miss it. But for now, it's totally the opposite. Next month I'm finally moving to Boston. New England is also beautiful, but nothing like the mediterranean costs/islands. This last month in Paris is going to pass by so fast. It's becoming a bit overwhelming with all the things we have to do before leaving...


    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118310489@N03/
     
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  11. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Oui Yannis, il n'y a pas de post-traitement ou presque. Juste un ajustement de l'exposition, saturation et contrastes. J'ai essayé sur certaines photos d'augmenter le flou sur les parties hors focus mais finalement j'aime bien le bokeh de cette optique. Je n'ai pas diffusé les photos où j'ai fait cet essai.


    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118310489@N03/
     
  12. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
  13. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 10, 2013
    Paris
    Yannis Marigo
    Quelle chance ! Un beau terrain de jeu pour la photo...


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  14. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Those are stunning, Christian.

    Tony
     
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  15. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Very nice set Christian. The Sigma is definitely working for you
     
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  16. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    Christian~
    There are no words to describe the incredible beauty that you have shared here with us....:2thumbs:

    I hope that if by any chance when you move here to Boston, you can "teach" me.
     
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  17. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Thank you William. Well yes of course, why not? :)
     
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  18. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Oui, j'espère pouvoir en profiter :)
     
  19. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Forget Cyprus with all that sun and clean air and beaches.

    Boooring.

    Come to smoggy dirty humid hot China and teach me.
     
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  20. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    :D

    Hey, its hot here too......:p