Pictures of flowers and insects


PentaxExpert

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 11:02
There seems to be lots of user photos of flowers and insects on this forum.
Now don't get me wrong, but IMHO this doesn't take much effort or imagination,
Simply bang your DSLR into AE mode, pop on a fancy/expensive lens and set to max aperture.
All resulting images will look impressive due to:
a} Quality of gear used
b) Shallow DOF

It's a bit of a cheap thrill really for not a lot of skill.
But as I said at the start this is just my opinion (but I am sure there are others who share my view).
PPG

It's not about what kit I've got, its about having the knowledge to use it to maximum potential.

thoughton

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 11:04
PentaxExpert wrote:
There seems to be lots of user photos of flowers and insects on this forum.
Now don't get me wrong, but IMHO this doesn't take much effort or imagination,
Simply bang your DSLR into AE mode, pop on a fancy/expensive lens and set to max aperture.
All resulting images will look impressive due to:
a} Quality of gear used
b) Shallow DOF

It's a bit of a cheap thrill really for not a lot of skill.
But as I said at the start this is just my opinion (but I am sure there are others who share my view).

Might as well take cover now, because you're going to regret this post
Tim
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techno-terminator

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 11:04
hmmmmm

So what's your particular 'thing' ?
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs

thoughton

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 11:06
Oh and just to show that expensive lenses aren't always necessary, here's a couple of mine for you:

Flower with a 30 Pentax-M 135mm lens:



Insect with a 26 Tamron 70-300 lens:


Tim
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
Stuff - Metz 58 AF1, Cactus v4, Nikon SB24, Raynox 150, Sigma 1.4x TC, Sigma 2x TC, Kenko 2x macro TC, Redsnapper 283 tripod, iMac 27, Macbook Pro 17, iPad, iPhone 3G
Flickr Fluidr PPG Street Portfolio site
Feel free to edit any of my posted photos! If I post a photo for critique, I want brutal honesty. If you don't like it, please say so and tell me why!

Unlocker

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 11:49
Oh dear.

You have obviously not read this then.

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Gwyn

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 11:59
It takes a lot of effort and imagination to capture a good photo of either a flower or an insect.
Insects don't sit still waiting for you to take their photo. Nor are they conveniently placed so you can just grab a snapshot of one.

Yes you can take a bog standard flower photo, but most shown here are far from bog standard, and exhibit skill and imagination. Many start with a bog standard photo but soon realise there is more to it than that, just as people who specialise in other fields of photography do.

Expensive equipment is not needed, skill, imagination and patience most definitely are.

And as for using the camera in AE with maximum aperture - have you ever actually tried to take photos of these subjects?
Last Edited by Gwyn on 06/04/2011 - 11:59

johnriley

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 12:08
Anyone who has tried flower and insect phoitography knows that the OP is just posing a question to stimulate discussion.

Anyone can take a flower or insect photograph, but it takes real skill to make a really good image.
Best regards, John

Timmy2Knocks

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 12:14
If you don't like photos of flowers and insects on this forum. I would hate to think what you would make of my collection of belly button photo's

DrOrloff

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 12:31
I agree that there are plenty of run of the mill flower and/or insect photos - I have taken plenty myself. But rather than a general put down I would prefer to see examples of how it should be done. I have plenty of flower photos in my gallery and I'm more than happy for them to be criticised, preferably constructively, but I don't really mind. Why not also post some examples of your work.
You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined
Last Edited by DrOrloff on 06/04/2011 - 12:31

brightstone

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 13:33
i always think it's a lens competition.
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royd63uk

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 13:50
Quote:
Anyone can take a flower or insect photograph, but it takes real skill to make a really good image.

thats not what the op said.He said flower and insect photo's are a get out....

Quote:
It's a bit of a cheap thrill really for not a lot of skill.

not in my opinion,it takes skill to capture an insect,they dont exactly pose for you and artistry to capture an outstanding flower macro..might as well say taking portraits of people is easy as well because they actually do pose for you.But i know this is a stupid comment also.

All images can either be "snapshots" or can require skill to bring out the best photo.

I suggest he goes out there and tries a few.......
regards
Roy

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my pbase gallery
Last Edited by royd63uk on 06/04/2011 - 13:51

prsjnb

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 15:27
PentaxExpert wrote:
There seems to be lots of user photos of flowers and insects on this forum.
Now don't get me wrong, but IMHO this doesn't take much effort or imagination,
Simply bang your DSLR into AE mode, pop on a fancy/expensive lens and set to max aperture.
All resulting images will look impressive due to:
a} Quality of gear used
b) Shallow DOF

It's a bit of a cheap thrill really for not a lot of skill.
But as I said at the start this is just my opinion (but I am sure there are others who share my view).

Were I an inveterate cynic, as well as being a photographer of, amongst other things, flowers and insects, I might suspect that the OP is 'trolling'.

Sincerely hope I'm wrong .

Jon

snappychappy

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 15:51
FIGHT
My piccies.

snappychappy

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 15:52
Sports photography........... you prefocuse on a corneer, stick an expensive lens on and machine gun as the car/subject passes. Any genre can be simplified, but try putting it into practice.
My piccies.

royd63uk

Link Posted 06/04/2011 - 17:40
snappychappy wrote:
Sports photography........... you prefocuse on a corneer, stick an expensive lens on and machine gun as the car/subject passes. Any genre can be simplified, but try putting it into practice.

Exactly
regards
Roy

Pentax K3 gripped,and some lenses
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pentaxroy/

my pbase gallery
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