Interesting, but not good enough


Telstar

Link Posted 01/07/2009 - 23:20
Took some pics earlier of an abandoned wasp nest in my parents loft (long since fumigated out)



first a few with the 50-200 at the top end




Then got in and tried with the old 100 smc macro


Had hoped to get something for the 'craftmanship' comp but nothing came out really good enough for that, though it is an interesting subject, and some of the detail shows just how amazing the nest construction is, the pics just dont jump at me as good pics - no life.

Biggest prob was the restricted access and having to use an old flashgun on 'auto'ish , i.e. non p-ttl. Just had a leadlight positioned above, mostly just so i could see what i was up to. Only changes made to the 2 pics above is to drag the levels in to what was there in the graph in elements (does bring out the amazing range of colours in the 'stripes' though )

Now this nest isnt going anywhere so the next time i'm over there with my camera what approach should i take? any suggestions gratefully accepted!
(The grainy look to the pics is actually the fact that the nest is made of millions of grains, not the image!)
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TonyM

Link Posted 01/07/2009 - 23:49
I actually think these aren't bad! I suppose the context helps though (knowing it's a wasp nest instead of some general abstract.) If I remember right, there should be some sort of hole that the critters used as an entrance/exit? Maybe that could be used as a focus point?

Lance B

Link Posted 02/07/2009 - 02:52
Like Tony, I think these are not bad at all. Interesting textures and colours.
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PondSkater

Link Posted 02/07/2009 - 13:51
I like both these images, the colours are a lot more varied than a normal wild nest so I reckon they've been chewing book covers or similar rather than just wood. I've got an old one at home but it is a single grey colour.
I thought the first image was a type of bracket fungus.

THe inside of them are like a paper honeycomb version of Beakynet's entry in weekly comp, but it would rely on you taking it apart (carefully from the base as it is very fragile when it loses structural integrity).
I'm frequently amazed at how many people look without seeing.
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Telstar

Link Posted 02/07/2009 - 15:32
Thanks for the comments guys, i'll have another look at the pics and see what else i can get from them after that encouragement. I'll certainly do a tight crop from one of the macro shots, as the individual chewed grains are all visible and that may make something interesting to show you at least
As for the colours - to the visible eye the nest is a fairly uniform grey-brown, but the flash pics really bring the differing colours out.
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Telstar

Link Posted 02/07/2009 - 16:38
Here is another, straight from the camera which should give a better idea of the actual colours before i've had a play with the levels



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