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1st Try with New Camera!

1st Try with New Camera!
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Digital ISO 800
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-17 9:43
Viewed: 3730
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My husband made a very expensive mistake at the weekend. With me having been quite ill recently and life not being so good, he has been keeping an eye open for a camera bag that might just work for the camera veruses hiking equipment issue I have and last week he spotted something that might just do. Unable to get anyone to stock it locally or even consider it, we made a very brief excursion in to London to the camera shop close to where he works. It totally exhausted me but on the way back we walked passed a shop that was showing the Canon EOS 40D at a really good price... and I now have a new camera.

I have wanted my first upload on TN with the new camera to be a landscape, but it was not to be. The sunrises for the last 2 days have failed miserably. When I came home from work this afternoon, on the gates where I park my car was this butterfly waiting for life to warm up a touch. I could not resist the opportunity and now have several shots of it.

Having fought hard to work out how to reduce the exposure (-1EV) most of the other settings I have managed to work out without the handbook.

So far, I like it, but it is a lot larger than my 350D, I suddenly feel far more professional (gulp) and 4Gb CF card will only hold around 300 shots!

Anyhow, the picture is of a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly, a very common butterfly resting on our gates (hence the rather unfortunate BG). I could not resist the colours and details in the closed wings.

Converted to RAW, I have not touched this picture other than a very small crop (this is almost full frame), resize and sharpen (very lightly).

Health is very dubious at the moment as I think you can guess, so my posting are going to be very erratic, and critiques just a few a day, but I will catch up with you all in the long run, I promise.

Arjun, gracious, cataclysta, nglen, SunToucher, Silke, marhowie, jlynx, eqshannon, nardophoto, JoseMiguel, marioana, Evelynn, earthtraveler has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To earthtraveler: thanksAramok 1 11-08 08:35
To marhowie: I like itAramok 1 10-14 03:51
To SunToucher: yes, straight from the cameraAramok 3 09-17 12:38
To cataclysta: HiAramok 1 09-17 10:18
To EOSF1: HiAramok 1 09-17 10:15
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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-17 9:49]

hi emma,
good picture posted by today.a great festival from your new camera...and a big CONGRATS from my side.fantastic details and xcellent POV with nice composition.

Hello Emma,
Great shot with the new camera!
perfect exposure and focus with good clarity, sharpness, vivid colour and details on the butterfly!
hope you get well soonest

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-17 10:19]

Hi Emma. What a fine shot with the new camera. you have captured fine detail and rich colours. sharp focusing ,with a nice POV. well done TFS. I hope your health is improving. TFS

Hi Emma,
I got your e-mail and will respond to it a bit later. Sorry to read about the health but good to read that you got your new camera. I am surely not going to be able to get it soon. Still not sure what to by first, new lens or camera.
If this is a photo straight from the camera, than it looks like the camera is producing some top quality photos. The shear amount of details and the richness in the colors in awesome. The lens did its job excellent as well. It looks like the macro course payed off. A perfect DOF.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-17 11:37]

Congratulations on this lovely camera!
Great colours, contrasts nd superb sharpness. This is wonderful work for which you must take more credit than the camera :)

Hi Emma
Congratulation on yout first new equipment shot :-) Very nice image. Nice POV (not colorful buttefly) Good sharpness and nice contrast. interesting tight cropping
Very good job
I am waiting for more
Best wishes

Hello Emma ! Well that's a great first shot with the 40D ! (I ordered the same but it's not available here yet...:-( ) Great macro, very sharp, lots of details and good subject. Maybe a bit dark but a great image nonetheless ! Congrats on the new toy !


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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2007-09-19 7:29]

I congratulate Canon 40D Emma. I unfortunately stays still with its own analogues. I became fond the photographic film though my pocket of unfortunately this do not accept. First picture is surely conforming with Your expectations. It is well. Successful lights, good colours and very nice sharpness. Pleases very much to me composition of this picture.
Best regards from Poznan,

Lucky you two times.....very sharp of course one has to be an idiot not to get a sharp picture from such a wonderful camera, but mostly not edited? Then supreme! You should be excited for the nicer days and good health.

Hi Emma,
So good to catch your first picture with the new camera!
Congratulations for it!
I like the clear details and rich patterns you got on the butterfly, as well as the vertical composition made to fit it into.
Well done and thanks for post it.
I hope you recover pretty soon.
My best regards,

A wonderful toy you've got there, Emma. I hope it motivates you to get feeling better and get out more. I think this is a great first outing. I love the details in this guy. As for the exposure, I sure you'll figure it out as you go along, but it reminds me of my cmera. My D50 metering seems to be a bit off, and this is really a problem with mostly dark shots with bits of light area like this one. In these cases I tend to adjust to a -2.0 compensation.

Hello Emma,
A lovely image to introduce your new equipment!
Wonderful rich colours and great texture, and the finer details are pin sharp...
Greetings & Congrats,
Pablo -

Hello Emma.
Sorry to hear you're not well. Nothing like a little 'retail therapy' to take your mind off it ;) Especially when you ended up with a 40D! Well done. Great first post. Great sharpness. Lovely macro study. Well seen. Get well soon.
Best regards, Steve.

Hello Emma,
So what do you think of the 40D so far?
Excellent exposure, DOF, colors, and details here..Hope you feel better soon.
Very well done.
PS - With stills like this, along with the tripod, I would suggest to use the mirror-lock function and a remote wire when you get down to the very slow shutter speeds.

I am so glad that you got a new 40D!! At least that is a bright spot in an otherwise dreary time in your life. I sure hope things turn around for you soon.

The photo is super... nice detail and sharpness. I played with a 40D for a long while yesterday at a large photo meet. I'm not sure about the lack of auto focus in the live view mode... then again I'm not sure I would use live view. I do like a lot of the features better than the 30D. It is a large camera.

Take care,

Evelynn : )

Oh... You have this camera that I'm thinking a lot about recently :) This is a very nice macro of a beautiful specie. You caught a nice pose from your lovely model, great details in a good composition. Who cares about the background? ;) Thanks,

Hi Emma,
Congrats on your new camera and thank you for this first image and your kind words about my Bluffs post.
You have the camera I have been eyeing also. The wife says" It ain't gonna happen." Oh well I can dream... :-)
You captured wonderful rich colors and detail with this shot.
Hope you get well soon and some good light and get out and grab some more of those awesome landscapes you have given us in the past and more beauties like these.

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