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Red head love
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Passion Unlimited [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-06 5:59
Viewed: 4170
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I did not find around the id. of this tiny couple, some tech. stuff this time.

One useful tool for macro photography are flash difussers.
They are most useful for:
-Lowering the intensity of the flash.
-Avoid harsh lights and hard reflections.
-And very important for me, softening shadows. As the light source becomes bigger, light is less concentrated in one point, and hard shadow lines are softer.

This shot, is taken with this flash & this commercial diffuser, which costed me 5 €. When you are very close to the subject it also help to project light downwards, something imposible when using external flash with extreme close ups, like in this case.

But when the cam is in the tripod, I preffer to use diffusers placed a bit further from the bulb, what enhances described effects. But you must use the cam in timer mode, to have time to hold the difusser in place. You will see the difference when you take the shot, but the best thing is when postprocessing, the photo contrast is better and easier to work with.
As "long distance" diffuser I always use my high-tech difussers, paper handkerchiefs :)
Different number of layers, give you more or less effect...
-As flash softener literally wrapping the flash with them. Eg. HERE.
-As flash diffuser holding it in the way to the subject, but separated from the flash light (changing the angle or distance is fine tuning ;) Eg. HERE.
-As sun filters when sunlight is too strong, Eg. HERE.
-As reflectors, Eg. HERE.

Other kind of home made difussers I have seen in TN are:
Milk bottle plastic diffuser: Paul´s [PDP] famous "milky difusser" Eg. HERE..
Difussers made of white expanded polyestyrene (will try them soon): Nicolas [nimou] Eg. HERE..
Diffusers made of cloth.

Hope you the info useful!

F:8 - 1/160 sec. - Manual exposure - Tripod - Difusse flash.

ramthakur, jmp, phlr, cicindela, Alex99, horia, cedryk has marked this note useful
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Hello Felipe,
I am very impressed with the diffuser technique you have used here. The mating bugs are in very sharp focus with brilliant rendition of colours and no sharp reflections anywhere.
The image is beautiful and I have learned much by following your very helpful note.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-06 6:45]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Gracias por esta útil información, especialmente útil para los minimalistas entre los que me encuentro. Por ahora he hecho pruebas con pañuelos de papel multicapa (para poder utilizar una) y tengo planeado el empleo de bolsas de plástico blancas de supermercado. Un folio blanco para reflejar luz es estupendo y una carta de ajuste blanca y negra para facilitar el ajuste de niveles completará mi equipo básico. Como ves, hablo de futuro, pues toda tecnología requiere un acercamiento prudente, para no caer en la dependencia del consumo y/o el exceso de equipaje :-)
Saludos para ambos,
José Miguel

Excelente macro!
Muy buena la pose captada en esta pareja.
Los detalles son muy claros y nítidos, sobre todo en los impresionantes ojos naranja.
Me gusta la composición, en la cual se deja suficiente espacio verde para respirar al sujeto.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

Hello Felipe & Cristina!
Very nice composition! A lot of "free space" and pair of red-eye lovers in the corner.
Very interesting, useful, and detailed note!!!
Best greetings from Lodz my Friends!

PS. I will send you a longer e-mail in the evening :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-06 8:32]

Hi, my friends.
You are right. Note is great as well as the technique and close-up picture. This season I will try to use some advices.

Lighting is really perfect: soft and effective. Even reflections on the leaf are soft. Details and colours o the picture are perfect too. Only it seems to me the point of focus is a little bit displaced forward. My best wishes and TFS. Perfect job.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-06 9:07]

Hi Filipe

You were a bad boy! You stayed at the computer so long and you wrote such a long note!!! :)) (or did you get a wireless keybord?)
Just kidding anyway...this is actually a fantastic note, especially for guys like me who are still to discover teh benefis of a flash difusser. The examples you mentioned really come in handy, as well as the techniques.

Now for the shot: it's terrific! The correct lighting on it really made those colors shine! I love all the textures and the details, as well as the shallow DOF that keeps almost only their heads in full focus.
Superb composition, too.

The workshop, is a bliss! Such an original idea!
You should try and sell your original ideas...you would make a lot of money :))
I'm especially honored you saying you mande it for me :)

All-in-all: a magnificent and complete post!
BRAVO, TFS and further best wishes and quick recovery for you, my friend!

hi felipe,
nice shot, good title, i liked the focus, well saturated colours, lovely composition,
tfs & regards

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-08 21:56]

Hello Felipe,
Wow, that's an amazing shot. I like very much the composition with large area of almost uniform background and the contrast it makes with the flies. The flies themselves are incredibly well focused. Diffuser also worked perfectly.
I love your note - find it extremely informative. I try with diffusers myself and found some inspiration... :-)
Best greetings,

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