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A day in my life as a photographer... (lots of pics!)
Posted By: codiac2600, 06-24-2007, 01:25 PM

Well today I decided to give everyone an example of what I go through to get the pictures that I post on here and to just experiment a lot out in the field. This basically came about from reading posts from other forums about poor metering, strange happenings and of course the camera is just wrong all the time and wont take good pictures for me threads. So basically I shot around 400 pictures or so of various things, at different places and of course different conditions. All shots taken with the Pentax K10D in Av mode and aperture anywhere from f2.8 to f11 or so and with 3 different lenses; the Pentax FA 70-200mm, Tamron 28-75mm and the good ole Sigma 105mm macro. I'll try and post what lenses and such but I'm too lazy to dig for aperture and shutter speed because there will be just too many shots to go through. I went out hoping for one great shot and here is what I have to show for my hard work and great equipment.

Do not know what kind of flower or plant this is but it was real pretty


Some nice grass with a good background, great for bokeh


Some bugs having too much fun


Damsel Fly hanging out


He let me get closer after flying away


A fun dragonfly which was prolly my best shot IMHO


More bugs having fun


Some kind of moth


Crazy plant (please help me name this plant if you wouldn't mind)


Close up of a dragon fly


Dragonfly abstract


Another crazy plant (any ideas of what it is?)


Floating water... so spookey!


Thistle I do believe (please correct if I'm wrong)

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06-24-2007, 01:30 PM   #2
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Round 2 begins...

Crazy grasshopper thingy


Some Japanese beetle from what I'm guessing


Lovely lost flower


Some flower with orange ones behind it (please help identify)


Juicy looking bug that excreting some fluidness


Unknown butterfly


Monarch?


A new dragonfly type for me


Daddy "you got long" legs


Love DOF


Infestation


Well I hope you all enjoyed and please feel free to leave C&C and there are even more photos from today on my flickr account
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Nice shots Chris - a productive day of shooting! My favorite has to be the purple flowers in front of the orange ones - I do like bright colors.

I'm afraid I can't be of help on the flower IDs - I'm struggling to identify wildflowers myself these days and have two books handy for those, but can't help with the "tamer" varieties.

And, your last shot, infestation, could just as easily be named "lots and lots of bugs having fun"
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Round Three.... FIGHT! (Ha Mortal Kombat was funny)

QuoteOriginally posted by betsypdx Quote
Nice shots Chris - a productive day of shooting! My favorite has to be the purple flowers in front of the orange ones - I do like bright colors.

I'm afraid I can't be of help on the flower IDs - I'm struggling to identify wildflowers myself these days and have two books handy for those, but can't help with the "tamer" varieties.

And, your last shot, infestation, could just as easily be named "lots and lots of bugs having fun"
Good point about the last shot, its very graphic too, maybe I shouldn't have posted it without warning. Oh well, my bad lol.

Yeah I need a couple of those books because I'm tired of posting "Some Flower" or "Some _____ Flower". Oh well, maybe next week when I have extra cash I'll pick one up.

Thank you for the comment BTW, I appreciate it.

These bugs are just happy today aren't they... gosh if only I were younger


Eating straight from the source


This plant looks sick doesn't it?


Yay I think it's another monarch!


Green is a great colour as always!


Well thats the last of it from today, I don't think my camera can take another shot without some pampering so I hope you all enjoyed my labored fruit!

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Well, as expected, great shots from a master. Thanks for sharing!

Is it bug mating season already?
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All awsome shots. I agree, the purple flowers in front of the orange ones really stands out.
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Well, as expected, great shots from a master. Thanks for sharing!

Is it bug mating season already?
Yes it is and it's going nuts out there. I almost can't sleep at night with all the pounding and grinding sounds of exoskeletons.

Lol, I appreciate the master part, but I've been doing this for too short of a time to be a master I just work hard at it and with the sheer volume the odds are on my side for good pics.

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All awsome shots. I agree, the purple flowers in front of the orange ones really stands out.
Thanks Scott and I do come back to that one a lot, I think I may have to print that one extra big and see how it looks.

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Great collection of shots.

One thing strikes me from reading your intro, doesnt it seem like pretty much all of these were taken with the macro lens ?

The macros are very clear and crisp, great job!

Did you use a tripod or flash with these?
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What a fun day out. Love these shots love your work especially the head on of the Dragon fly.

As this series was inspired by the K10D naysayers were you shooting in jpeg or raw?
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Chris..nice shots. I liked the water suspended on the web it was cool.
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Great collection of shots.

One thing strikes me from reading your intro, doesnt it seem like pretty much all of these were taken with the macro lens ?

The macros are very clear and crisp, great job!

Did you use a tripod or flash with these?
Yeah, I really do love that macro lens lol, it's actually quite versatile! About 4 are from the Tamron 28-75 and only the first shot is from the Pentax 70-200 so it's a bit skewed towards the Sigma. The FA Pentax 70-200mm isn't my choice for shots because it's too short on the long end and at 70 I'd rather use something else like the FA 50 1.4... I'm going to invest in 2 lenses before the end of summer and 1 is a walk-around zoom (Tamron 18-250 maybe) and of course a long tele, which I'd guess to be either a 300 2.8 or 4 in either the Sigma EX DG or an FA* depending on price and how much I can gather in that time.

I never use a tripod, ever, just shake reduction because it works. As long as the shutter speed doesn't drop below 1/60 I can handhold all my shots consistently, plus a tripod would slow me down and or wouldn't work in the environments that I usually shot ie. marshes, swamps, tall tall grass/reeds.

I used the flash on the super close up dragonfly and I think thats it, the exif will tell the story but I know for sure on the close up dragonfly shots I had the AF360 set to high speed sync mounted on camera.

Thank you!

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What a fun day out. Love these shots love your work especially the head on of the Dragon fly.

As this series was inspired by the K10D naysayers were you shooting in jpeg or raw?
I only shoot RAW as I love the post processing but none of the 400+ shots were overexposed unless I told it too which was like 2 shots that I had forgot to mess with settings between moving and shooting.

I'm in love with what the K10D can do in RAW as it's noticeably sharper than a Canon 30D in most instances not too mention much easier to accomplish a lot of these shots because I'd probably loose an arm try to handhold these shots with some massive optically stabilized lens plus a ring light or something. I saw a Nikon shooter one day shooting dragonflies where I normally go and his big ole D80 with grip, flash, and VR lens looked ridiculous to lug around the park... those lenses are HUGE! Not too mention his autofocus wasn't good enough because after we reviewed his shots he missed about 8 out of every 10 shots... thats why I manually focus all shots BTW...

I should make a trip out in jpeg mode one day... tomorrow looks like a good day for that!
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You've got it going on, Chris.....REALLY going on. These are simply phantastic .
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Chris..nice shots. I liked the water suspended on the web it was cool.
Thank you Charlie and I was kinda proud I even noticed it as I walked on by because I was in a rush to get away from some black jacket hornet looking creatures that I accidentally stepped on there home under a pile of wood chips and there it was a little itty bitty web with beads of water all suspended like. I should have dropped the DOF a little so you can't see any of the web as you dig deeper in the photo but I did what I could under the circumstance.

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You've got it going on, Chris.....REALLY going on. These are simply phantastic .
Thanks Nathan I'm glad you enjoy them as it's your flash that makes it possible for me to even get half my shots, especially the super macros of bugs
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Chris, every time I look at your macro shots, I want to throw rocks at mine. Very well done, my friend.

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Great shots Chris! That water droplet shot really caught my attention as did the purple flowers with orange backdrop.
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