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thijs broekkamp
06-18-2010, 07:33 AM
Saw this nice beetle between the grass.

Sigma 150mm, tripod, wired remote, iso 400, f8, 1/160e


Julie Kenward
06-18-2010, 01:54 PM
Thijs, I really like this! Nice diagonal line, good perch, & a nice BG. You've got really good clarity on the beetle - got all but the one antenna and the front foot in focus. Did you try any images at f11? I do like what you have here, though - it holds my attention perfectly well.

Might try a slight increase in contrast just to see if it gives the image a little more "pop".

Vida van der Walt
06-18-2010, 02:13 PM
Very nice shot Thijs. Great comp, pose, love the curve of the leaf.:)

Kaushik Balakumar
06-18-2010, 02:36 PM
Liked the beetle's pose. Curving blade of grass gives a nice aesthetic touch to the composition.
Lovely clean BG. Guess you had just enough shutter speed to try f/11 as Julie suggested.

thijs broekkamp
06-19-2010, 12:38 PM
Thanks for the comments! I only had one shot while he sat like this, than he walked away. So i couldn't try f11. I did use some more contrast, but the black of the beetle didn't come out nice than

Roman Kurywczak
06-19-2010, 03:12 PM
Hi Thijs,
Very effective comp and really nice pose and BG. Too bad he walked away but this is very well done as presented!

Thomas Herou
06-20-2010, 10:10 AM
Nice look-out pose!
The BG is perfect for this kind of shot.