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Mr. Kermit

Mr. Kermit
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-06
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: sony A100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-08 1:21
Viewed: 5407
Points: 70
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Test for My New Sony DSLR alpha 100

I recently bought this camera and eager to try it, after my work, I was planning to go somewhere to find something to shoot at, it was night already. At time I was about to open my car's door, there was Mr. Kermit [he is not green, however...] on glass window of the car, posing for me...

I need your honest opinion on the result. Sony 100mm macro-lens was used, flash was fired, no other source of light nearby, autofocused, hand-held, ISO 400, 1/125 seconds, f/5.6. I should add that surface of glass window was dirty [some dry dirts on the surface].

PP works were minimal, first was cropped at 800 pixel width, but size was too large for TN, reduced quality to 85%, but still too large, then cropped again to this final dimension, and frame was added. No sharpening. No USM applied.

I feel the result was good, but the point is...Is it good enough for you? Tell me honestly...
Thanks in advance, I will really appreciate it.

[I will post more of my landscape pictures later, using my previous camera, after I feel familiar with features of this new one, I will let you view more of my shots with it]

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To chrish: Thanks for your workshop.blakitan 1 11-08 19:46
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Hi Benyamin,
Very impressive picture. Sharp and crisp clear picture. No visible noise or over exposure on any parts of the picture. Well done and nice camera.

You buy a great camera!
Nice shot and the title remember me the 'Muppet show', my favourite TV program, when I was young.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-08 4:17]

Hello Ben,
You bought a great new camera and the first result is beautiful ! Nice to find this cute frog for your test and honestly I like. The flash didn't burned. The subject stands out fron the dark background. Colors and sharpness on head are good.
Bravo, continue like that, we enjoy !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-08 4:39]

Hi Ben

What a cute little frog you have here! Its face really does resemble a bit that of Mr. Kermit's :))
I like the details and the contrast here!
The pads on its fingers are very well visible and look great!
Congratualtions on your new "toy" :) It seems to work fine, if you ask me :)
I also very curios on the other shot with it, too.

Cheers and TFS

Hi Benyamin,
Cool frog. Good composition and POV. I like the dark background and frame it really highlights Kermit.
Great shot,

Hi Benyamin - for a test run this is magnificent and what a kind frog to be available to pose for you. Fabulous clarity and composition - would be interesting to know some more about the frog (how lucky you are to have them on your car!). Look forward to future shots with your new toy.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-08 7:25]

Benyamin, you did great in the test, and for sure you'll be soon doing great with your new gear.

Great pov and composition. I like contrast too.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-08 8:15]

Hello Benyamin,
flash photography is quite hard to get a settings right. I suppose you have a build in flash. But this seems to work just fine. You managed to get this from really well on the picture. The car window makes the setting a bit artificial, but the technical part seems fine to me.
Regards, Jacob

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-08 8:37]

Hi Benjamin,

Welcome to the sony club,your camera works fine,colors and details are excellent,my experience with the sony is that it produces great pictures however the noise gets disturbing above 400 ISO so better use the lower as possible,



Nice capture. I like the light and point of view. I think it does need some USM to bring out the detail. I have done a little sharpening and included it in a workshop.
I actually think it could use a little more sharpening beyond what I did, but I just wanted you to see how some USM could improve the shot.

Sharpening is almost always required because of the nature of the CCD in digital cameras.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-08 12:23]

Hi Benyamin.
Very nice capture with perfect POV.Good sharpnes.Details and contrast is great.I like the position.Great work!
Greetings Milos

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-08 13:04]

Felicitaciones mi amigo por tu nueva cámara.
Una nítida y muy bien iluminada imagen con buen punto de vista para mostrar buenos detalles del anfibio.
A pesar del uso del flash, los reflejos no son exagerados incluso estando adherida a un vidrio.
Tal vez el DOF haya sido escaso, dejando un foco algo soft sobre las patas superiores.
Una interesante optimización en el Workshop de Chrish.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

Congratulations my friend for your new camera.
A clear and very well illuminated image with good point of view to show good details of the amphibian.
In spite of the use of the flash, the reflections are not exaggerated being even stuck to a glass.
Perhaps DOF has been scarce, leaving a focus something soft on the superior paws.
An interesting optimization in Workshop of Chrish.
Best greeting... Ricardo

thanks to remember me mr krabbit...
one shot to giudicate a camera ....mmm..more shot!

hi mario

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-08 14:26]

Hi Benyamin

Fantastic shot, superb composition with a fantastic pose by Kermit, the details are good and the colours are great, the dark BG works so well with the image.

TFS Hilary :o)

super Benyamin this catch,
of good details and the black bottom is well. Good continuation with this new camera.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-08 17:09]

Hi Benyamin,
A very good shot from your new camera. Colors are very good even with flash light. A great shot against the black background.
TFS, José M.

photo tres originale mais marrante a regarder
tres bons détails assez surprenants
merci du partage et bravo encore

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-08 18:18]

Hello Benyamin,
this is very nice, I like this frog on the dark BG. POV, colors and details are excellent

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-08 20:29]

Hello Benyamin

WOW textbook quality shot of this frog.The DOF and POV are really good.The skin colours and textures are so vivid.A wonderful composition.Well done.TFS


Czesc Benyamin!
Niech i ja dodam swoj zachwyt nad tak pieknym zdjeciem. Ostra sylwetka zabki dobrze sie prezentuje na czarnym tle. Super!
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje - Roma

Hi Benyamin!
So you finally graduated to a DSLR, my friend. Looking at your first result with it, "Kermit" looks absolutely fabulous to me. So congratulations!
TFS and happy shooting with your new camera!

Hi benyamin,
nice captre, well composed, good pov, the dark bg adds to the look of the shot. sharpness is good. simple framing lookds beatiful.
well done.
ill be back with pts later

Hello Ben,
I think that this result is very good but I'm not really familiar with flash photo as I do not use it yet so, I'm not the best judge. What impress me most is that little fellow was actually waiting for you and that's fantastic! You caught great details in a nice POV and composition. I think that this little one looks very good :-) TFS,

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-11-09 15:38]

Splendide image de ma dame la grenouille, beaux détails, belle netteté


What an interesting little chap - beautiful colours and clarity.
Well taken.

Hi Ben,
I would say the test went very well. An excellent shot. I think the fill flash exposure was good, and the detail is nice and sharp. This close you would really need more DOF to get him all sharp though. A very difficult flash exposure that went very well.

Preciosa la ranita, una definición de lujo y unos colores espectaculares. Un saludo y TFS.

José Luis

Muy buenas Benyamin
Mis felicitaciones por tu nueva cámara y por lo nítida bien iluminada imagen con buen punto de vista más que interesante que nos muestra igual de buenos de la rana.
Un saludo

Hi, Ben.
Nice frog and well sitting on dark BG. Very good sharpness and color.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-11 20:16]

Hi Benyamin
Good skot. Good colours, light, sharpne, frame and POV.
Well done


The frog prince...neat photo..great colors on the frog, and nice sharp photo. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on Good Morning!

Hello Ben,
Nice capture of this little guy!
The definition is awesome, giving great details in excellent sharpness...
Colour reproduction is well done, even if Kermit was green as I recall..?
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2006-11-25 15:17]

Hy Benyamin
The shot is more then perfect on technical side, but Mr Kermitt IS AMAZING, A TOP MODEL...(maybe with a kiss would become Naomi Campbell:)))
Regards, M

Nice sharp portrait.
Polypedates leucomystax, our common tree-frog.
This is probably a female looking at the size.
Males are much smaller.

belle photo ,beau détails,bonne netteté,bonne lumière. Thomas

Hi Ben, Great sharpness here with your DSLR makes the clarity and colours terrific. Good work and inspirational to others. Murray.

THe lens worked well, the camera has nice color output, but... the flash damaged your shot. SO did the car. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice shot, but the background just looks too "human"... I mean, you can tell it's your car. Try placing the animals you're shooting in their natural environment.
As for the flash, I know it's inevitable in macro photography, so try to have it Off-Camera. If you can't take the flash off the camera, tryu using a diffuser, or a reflector so as to give the image more depth.
I would've also done some PP work on the frog's eyes, which have the equivalent of red-eye in humans.

Good work though.


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