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A VW Beetle

A VW Beetle
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Copyright: Laurita Godwin (ljsugarnspice) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 17 N: 55] (313)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-13
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8.2, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-14 14:26
Viewed: 3610
Points: 3
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Found this monster beetle at a Volkswagen dealership... maybe he wanted to take a test drive! I think it is a Prionus beetle of some kind, but I'm not really sure. It was about and inch and a half long. If anybody can help me I would appreciate it.

The photo was taken with my camera's macro setting, and I got up close and personal. PP- Crop, unsharp mask (500%, .2, 0) Slight level adjustment.

I have a problem with my camera in this setting- if I don't use the flash it slows the shutter speed and the photo ends up blurry (no tripod would have achieved the angle I needed for this shot). With the flash, I end up with an over-exposed subject or a lot of glare. Does anybody know how I can adjust my settings to fix this, I've blown a lot of ops by flashing my subjest into a white outline... HELP!! :) Thanks!

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To manss0fl: thank you!ljsugarnspice 1 07-15 12:22
To ellis49: thanks!ljsugarnspice 1 07-15 12:19
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Fantastic picture Laurita, well done for getting such a good POV. I have the same problem with my camera regarding the close up flash. I'm sorry, I can't help you but I will keep an eye out for anyone that can.

Nice picture, Laurita.
Nice colours and good details.
It's very overexposure, the flash is too strong when you get this close. I'm not familiar with you camera but in the handbook you will find out the working area for the flash.
Macro's are always difficult when it comes to light and exposure. Try to set the ISO a little higher or use a smaller f-number F3.5-4,0 to get a shorter shutterspeed.
A tripod is a good help too, I use tripod to 95% of my macro's


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