Jelly Peeps!

June 24, 2009

Jelly Peeps !

Jelly Peeps !

Yet another G10 shot, that was do-able simply because the camera was with me.  I have no idea how often these Jellyfish at the Atlanta Aquarium are photographed…but it has to be a lot.  I can’t believe my photo is even unique, but during a vist, it was just impossible not to capture.  The G10 was set to ISO 800 and the image was very noisy.  This copy was processed through DxO Optics (jury’s still out on that one).  It survived fairly well.  Other versions using other commercial noise solutions fared even better.

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Harder than it Looks

June 5, 2009

A butterfly rests in front of a palm frond

A butterfly rests in front of a palm frond

You’d think this was a pretty simple picture.  And in some ways it is.  But I have to say that photographing butterflies is much more challenging than you’d think.  It really requires you bring your full mental toolbox to bear.  There are issues with “posing” the subject of course.  Then finding an attractive background.  Making the light interesting is…interesting.  Controling the depth of field at high mags is tough, as is balancing fill flash. Motion blur is almost always possible.  I’ve found my rejects far outstrip the number of keepers I get from a session.  Canon 20D with 100mm macro and Canon ring flash. Shot at the Butterfly Rainforest at the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History.  No tripods allowed (except for some special occasions) so pretty much everything is handheld.