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AartPapaya

Hectorspruit, ZA
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AartPapaya Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Mon 01-Apr-13 07:40 PM

For some or other reason I lately did not post on this forum. Looking at you shots I was reluctant to do so because you are doing some amazing photography. To all of you regulars, you are an inspiration.

I recently "upgraded" to a 105mm Nikon from my 50mm Sigma. I was warned, it is not an upgrade. 105mm Nikon is a great lens but much, much more difficult to handle. For field photography I prefer the 50mm Sigma.

Duranta repens from Brazil, I think. A declared weed in South Africa but still common in many gardens due to its hardiness.

D300 Iso 200 f22 0.6 105mm/2.8 Nikon

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jordivb

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#1. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 0

jordivb Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2009
Mon 01-Apr-13 06:56 PM

Outstanding lighting Aart!

I'm sure you'll enjoy your 105. I have an old version AFS D (no VR) and I find it great!

Keep posting!

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AartPapaya

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#2. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 1

AartPapaya Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Tue 02-Apr-13 07:12 AM

Thank you, I should just need to remember to provide a border to my image.

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no1yak

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#3. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 2

no1yak Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Aug 2006
Wed 03-Apr-13 01:46 PM

Yes Aart a very nice shot, what lighting did you use?

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AartPapaya

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#4. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 3

AartPapaya Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Wed 03-Apr-13 05:57 PM

Hi Pete, Thank you for the comments.
Natural light on an open veranda. The light was at about 100 angle from my camera to the setting sun (where the sun would have been if not shaded by the roof of my house). I suspended the branch with berries on black material to create the black background. Manual exposure settings.

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AartPapaya

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#5. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 3

AartPapaya Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Wed 03-Apr-13 05:57 PM | edited Wed 03-Apr-13 06:00 PM by AartPapaya

Sorry double posting

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esandy

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#6. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 0

esandy Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2011
Thu 04-Apr-13 02:21 PM

Beautiful shots Aart, I especially like #2. Did you do any post on them or are they straight from the camera?

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AartPapaya

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#7. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 6

AartPapaya Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Thu 04-Apr-13 04:52 PM

Hi Ed, Thanks for the reply. Very little PP, with Lightroom 3.6. I under expose slightly because I often find yellows to be blown out. I would increase the brightness slightly and than just increase the black to make sure none of the black background show. With this treatment the yellow is very intense and almost orange I decrease the saturation slightly and the last step before a bit of sharpening I would fiddle with the green, yellow and orange to render the color as close possible to what I perceive the real color is. Sound more complicating than what it really is. But than to my annoyance I forgot a border. I always shoot RAW.

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esandy

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#8. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 7

esandy Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2011
Fri 05-Apr-13 08:16 AM

Thanks Aart. You just gave me an idea for one of my next trials. When I shoot my wife's roses the reds are always blown out. I'll have to try and use some negative EV and see if I can control it.
I shoot RAW+Jpg, though this past weekend really showed me the benefits of RAW when I had some poorly exposed shots. Put them in ACR and tweaked, now they look better then the Jpgs.

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jordivb

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#9. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 8

jordivb Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2009
Fri 05-Apr-13 03:53 PM

I usually use the triple histogram screen on the D300 to watch for blown reds when shooting flowers. I guess it is also available with the D7000.
And bracketing too....

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AartPapaya

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AartPapaya Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2011
Fri 05-Apr-13 06:05 PM

I started of with occasional RAW and than both RAW and JPG and now with the new programs able to screen RAW directly, I do not even consider using anything else but RAW. I also learned my lesson with poorly exposed images I desperately wanted to recover.

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#11. "RE: Yellow berry" | In response to Reply # 0

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Mon 08-Apr-13 04:11 PM

Very nice work, Aart!

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