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Copyright: clint newsham (clint) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 18:12
Viewed: 3403
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
well i hate to post 2 pictures the same on any site but there seems to be some people who are quite fond on saying my shots are studio shots.
I dont think ive ever taken a studio shot of an insect before.
please note the bit of iron holding the top ladybird down, i beleive its the wings protruding from the wing casing.
this is the original shot before it has been cleaned up in photoshop and enhanced.
a slightly tighter crop to remove my fingers from holding the stem of the flower.
other than that there has been no noise removal or enhancement/saturation etc.
ive always tried to show my nature shots in a different way and many people like them but i dislike the way people presume they are studio shots.
maybe those people should approach nature in a different way.
many thanks to those who liked the shot yesterday and who have liked my shots in the past, keep up the good work.
all the best

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-20 18:35]

Great shot - loving it!

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-20 21:45]

nice colors good pose interesting composition.

  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2007-06-20 23:58]

Hi Clint,
This is from your earlier post.
I wanted to test out my new sigma 70mm macro lens and there was no insects about.
i managed to track down a local reptile dealer that had these in stock and was willing to let me have a couple for 30p each lol.
they have now been returned to the shop as they cant be let out in the wild over here as far as i know.

Is this real nature ?

Dear Clint,
I never mentioned that I was fond on saying that your shots are studio shots. I did however mention that if you prove me wrong, I would be more than happy to appologize. You just needed to reply to my critique or set this as a workshop. Sorry that you felt attacked, but with your way of showing nature (read especially PP work) it is bound to happen that people look at it as studio work. Especially with your lighting work on the BG, which actually does not fit the TOS.
Anyway, it might have been my ignorance toward the knowledge of ladybugs, and not knowing that this kind of shining part is common to all ladybugs. I might need to do some study to gain more knowledge.

In regards of my approach to nature. I think I have a pretty healty one (for both me and nature). I love to go out into nature and photograph nature the way it is without placing animals or plant in a location so that it makes a better composition. I prefer to respect nature as it is. Not as I want it to be.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-10-25 13:04]

Hi Clint,
high time to click into your pics again. Give it to them critics. You have maintained a style particular to you in making the shots and the extraordinary results are there to see. Everybody has to arrange things for good shots, they may cut off a branch in the way, put the insect into a dish, blur the background in PS--or go to the zoo. The important thing is to declare these methods and you did it here. By the way, this picture is of an extremely high standard even without your PS treatment of the background in the picture the day before. Wonderful!
My best regards,

Extraordinary macro shot, Clint.
Do like the two little fellow are both sharp.
Looks like there's a studio BG but I read your note and I believe it just looks like that even without having the confirmation in your note.

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