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To be or not to be (flashed)

To be or not to be (flashed)
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-03 3:26
Viewed: 3011
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I found a cooporative model so I could made some testshots,it was a overcasted day when I found this dragonfly,with the upper picture I used my Sigma 500 flash and in the lower picture I did not use my flash,most of the times with shooting my macros I use my flash as I think you get better contrasts and more details this differences which I think you can see clearly in the composition I posted today,the minors with using fillflash are maybe the hard light,reflections and shades.

exif , upper picture
F-Number F/14
Exposure time 1/125
ISO 200

exif , lower picture
F-Number F/18
Exposure time 1/15
ISO 400

Hope you like the composition and maybe say which of the 2 pictures think is better (like more),thanks for watching

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That's a good illustration. I don't know which one to choose from. I tried flasing -1,3, and I liked it in most cases more than without correction.



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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-03 5:56]

Hi Paul,
Great composition, I like the one with the flash better, more details and very clear.
Great Job.

hi paul
personnellement je prefere celle sans le flash car on voit un peu les facettes de l'oeil.bonne idée.

Hi Paul,
Great post showing the decidedly better outcome with fill-flash use. The goal of insect macro is to reveal as much detail in the subject as possible. Under exposure will always rob the shot of it :)
Very well done!

Hello Paul, you know i use my flash generally and i always use flash for dragonflies :-) i'm absolutely agree with you, but there is something wrong in this picture. Cause i like the without flash shot too! Yes, there is more details on the flashed one but the other looks great too, no reflections on the eye and has still great details on the eye also.
Result : Normally i use flash and i will use flash :-) But for this post, i prefer the one without flash!

A great idea and educative post!
Thank you,

I prefer the contrast on the photo with flash. However, I prefer the lack of reflection in the eye on the photo without flash. Overexposed reflections are the bane of my life when taking macro shots!

A very useful post, thanks for sharing your findings with us.

Hi Paul !
Both are great shots, but I prefer the one without flash. There is reflection on the eye, and the colors are more natural, and details are very good. It was a nice idea to compare these two shots, Ilike it. very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-05 10:00]

Hi Paul.
Excellent and very instructive job. Staggering exactness of colours and detail. Great POV, exposure and contrast. Superb Macro.

(Wait a news from the distant Ukrainian relation :)) )
TFS and my compliments.

Hi Paul.

both are Great close-up's
i like it with flash better, More details in his eyes.
Great composition
My choice will be "to be" Flashed

Best regards Thijs

Hi Paul,
to flash or not that is the question.Well I think the photo with the flash is best for the same reasons the others have stated.Well done. Bob

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