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November 2, 2009
Suggester wrote: "In my opinion The Green Empire by =BurningPaperSun is a perfect macro shot; manages to both be technically superb and capture the imagination at the same time. There is also a slight surreal look to this one that makes me feel like I've entered a mini wonderland while viewing... which for any macro shot should be one of the main goals; great stuff."
Featured by dandelgrosso
Suggested by mrcool256
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The Green Empire

Despite their size, I think they're slowly forming a plan.

Advanced Photography 101 Submission for

1. Taken outdoors.
2. It was a sunny day out, windy as usual (Oklahoma).
3. It was taken at 5:12 P.M., though it says it was in the morning in the data. I hadn't changed the time yet. At the time evening came sooner and I love the lighting as the sun sets.
4. I use a Nikon D40X with a 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor (macro lens, NIkon names things funnily)lens.
No tripod, though it's suggested for macro.
5. I had my camera setting on S (shutter priority) and my iso was set to 200.
Focal lenght at 60mm. 25/10000th (1/400th) a second shutter speed, F/5.0.
6. I'm not really a person who knows about post processing with programs like Photoshop. I use the standard PictureProject program that came with my camera and I used photoshop to add my title and name. I didn't have to do much to the picture either. I just sharpened the image slightly. I also added just a slight bit of color to help the green come out little bit more. But it's basically a relatively short post process for me that took me less than 5 minutes.

I'm a big fan of minimalism in a lot of what I do other than photography, so it's just something that naturally comes out for me. I do know that a lot of people suggest that people use a tripod when shooting macro photography. I use a tripod inside but when I go outside I rarely use a tripod. The first reason is that it's generally always windy in Oklahoma. With my 60mm macro lens, I have to be pretty close to the object that I want to capture. So when shooting insects it can become a pain shooting at that length with a tripod. I'm also go fishing a lot so I'm carrying around fishing poles, tackle, and various other things and I never feel like carrying my tripod. /end rant

That's everything for me. I hope this helps some people thinking about macro photography. It was definitely interesting to think about how everything comes out in the end. I just kind of go on autopilot in some of the processes of taking a picture.

I'd also like to thank Shawn ,=mrcool256, for suggesting this as a DD. He's been a good friend over the year or two that I've known him.
Image details
Image size
1024x685px 435.98 KB
Shutter Speed
25/10000 second
Focal Length
60 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 25, 2008, 5:12:58 AM
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Tuesdaysangel's avatar
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This beautyfull piece is featured here...[link]

evanna11's avatar
<3 Love the picture..
The green is lovely, and so is the sharpness/out of focus contrast. (:
Jezobel's avatar
hey you have been featured here
molehu's avatar
luv it....beautiful capture:clap:
starrysurrealism's avatar
Great focus and depth of field. I like the colors as well!
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llub3r's avatar
amazing colour and focus
BurningPaperSun's avatar
:bow: Thanks for the kind compliment. :highfive:
yuanyuanyuan's avatar
bo0xVn's avatar
I really love it :+fav:
FaeAmara's avatar
This is a beautiful image :3 Everything I would say about it artistically has already been said.

My little addition: When it's a thumbnail it looks like the big guy is flipping the middle finger >.< lol
BurningPaperSun's avatar
Haha. Interesting. I love hearing other people's interpretation of other people's work.
FaeAmara's avatar
xD Yeah... I knew it wasn't really that, but I guess my mind was in a humorous place.
photofairy's avatar
it is quite lovely! good job on focusing without a tripod :clap:
sikartist's avatar
Some of the most amazing things are all around us and can easily go unnoticed. Beautiful shot!
BurningPaperSun's avatar
Yeah. I'm always looking at the small thing when I'm walking around campus. People probably think I'm weird. Oh well.
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