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jtmcg Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007Mon 17-Jun-13 03:05 AM
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"Another Skipper"


Simsbury, US
          

I've got a lot of pictures of these European Skippers and this time of year I see dozens in this meadow. Another chilly morning with some dew and some nice early sun and this one was perched nicely on a yarrow blossom cluster. I couldn't pass it up.

I tried a stack but the little rascal moved its head up while I was shooting the frames for the stack so the blossoms came out OK but the Skipper was a mess. So I extracted the skipper from the best frame I had and perched him on the stack blossoms. I then tried a couple of different crops. The lighting on the stems is nice as is the bg so I think I like the crop that includes more of the plant. Which crop do you like better?

D800, 105f/2.8, 1/10s, f/8, ISO 100, tripod

Plant is 6 frame stack, Skipper is single frame

John







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Izzie Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2011Mon 17-Jun-13 11:32 PM
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Chesterfield, US
          

I love the first one...

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jtmcg Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007Tue 18-Jun-13 08:57 PM
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Simsbury, US
          

Thanks Izzie.

John

  

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Tue 18-Jun-13 02:06 AM
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South Australia, AU
          

Amazing images
How do you execute your stacks?
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Gary

  

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jtmcg Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007Tue 18-Jun-13 09:06 PM
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#4. "RE: Another Skipper"
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Simsbury, US
          

>Amazing images

Thanks Gary

>How do you execute your stacks?

Camera mounted on a tripod. I generally use Live View so I can focus accurately and see when the motion stops. With LV you're also shooting MUP. I refocus rather than using a rail.

When I get back to the computer, I generally make some global adjustments in the first image, then batch those to the other images in the stack and convert them all to jpeg. I use CombineZP to do the stacking. First I run the Align Images step then Do Stack. If that's OK I stop there. If there are too many artifacts I might try a Pyramid Stack.

I then go back into Capture NX2 for some final editing and if there are any artifacts that need to be cloned I use PSE 11.

John

  

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Wed 19-Jun-13 06:47 AM
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#5. "RE: Another Skipper"
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South Australia, AU
          

Thank you for the heads-up John
Much appreciated
I may have to just give it a go one day,
Had to thought about using live view with MUP
My live view on my D700 looks terrible, that's why I haven't used it since my first try

I think I also have a skipper but not sure, a grab shot with my AW100
Regards,
Gary

  

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jtmcg Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007Wed 19-Jun-13 03:15 PM
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Wed 19-Jun-13 03:17 PM by jtmcg

Simsbury, US
          

I never used a D700 but the D300 LV was also terrible, mainly because it was awkward to use and if I remember right, the mirror would drop down and go back up again which made no sense at all. I tried it once in the field and never used it again.

On the D800, LV is one touch activation and the mirror remains up until you click the shutter release, so you're basically shooting MUP when you shoot from LV. At the highest magnifications there is some noise in the display but I haven't found that to be a problem, though it could be better.

John

  

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Thu 20-Jun-13 03:11 AM
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#7. "RE: Another Skipper"
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South Australia, AU
          

Thanks John,
Looks like another excuse to get a D800
Have to wait though,
More priorities at the moment, computer is dead, new iMac soon

I guess a StackShot is a whole lot cheaper than a D800 though! Another "maybe" on the wish list ,
Regards
Gary

  

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lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007Thu 20-Jun-13 03:23 AM
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#8. "RE: Another Skipper"
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Dallas, US
          

More outstanding work, John. Love your technique. I think I like the way #1 gives a bit more context.

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jtmcg Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007Fri 21-Jun-13 01:48 AM
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#9. "RE: Another Skipper"
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Simsbury, US
          

Thanks for looking and for the kind words Mark. I agree about #1.

John

  

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birdied Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Fri 21-Jun-13 05:15 AM
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Beautiful shots with lovely detail.

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jtmcg Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2007Sat 22-Jun-13 01:36 AM
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Simsbury, US
          

Thanks Birdie.

John

  

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