duane

09 Feb 2009 2,398 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image Green Viper

Green Viper

Snagged this macro portrait of a green viper with the Panasonic FZ28. On my last trip to Jessops, I picked up this camera to replace my now aging FZ20 (impulse buy to be honest). The new FZ28 is a tad smaller in all dimensions, the megapixel count has doubled, it supports RAW format and also features a wider and longer lens (18x vs 12x zoom).

However, it's also a step backwards in some ways - there is no flash hotshoe, no manual focus ring, and the FZ20 had an amazingly sharp f/2.8 constant lens while the FZ28 gets more than a stop darker at the long end. Fortunately, this is at least partially offset by improvements in the way Panasonic controls noise at higher ISOs (ISO400 can now be considered to be "usable" whereas it was to be avoided with the FZ20). And you can also shoot in RAW if you disagree with the camera's approach to noise reduction. Overall a trip to the zoo confirms that the latest FZ range is still lots of fun and a great lightweight tool for times when a DSLR would weigh you down.

Macros are also an area where the large depth of field of compact cameras has an advantage over a DSLR. A shot like this would have required at least f/11 on a DSLR, but given the lighting conditions would have required very high ISO to hold the camera steady - in which case the image might not be any cleaner than what we've got here (and Canon has no macro lenses with IS!).

Green Viper

Snagged this macro portrait of a green viper with the Panasonic FZ28. On my last trip to Jessops, I picked up this camera to replace my now aging FZ20 (impulse buy to be honest). The new FZ28 is a tad smaller in all dimensions, the megapixel count has doubled, it supports RAW format and also features a wider and longer lens (18x vs 12x zoom).

However, it's also a step backwards in some ways - there is no flash hotshoe, no manual focus ring, and the FZ20 had an amazingly sharp f/2.8 constant lens while the FZ28 gets more than a stop darker at the long end. Fortunately, this is at least partially offset by improvements in the way Panasonic controls noise at higher ISOs (ISO400 can now be considered to be "usable" whereas it was to be avoided with the FZ20). And you can also shoot in RAW if you disagree with the camera's approach to noise reduction. Overall a trip to the zoo confirms that the latest FZ range is still lots of fun and a great lightweight tool for times when a DSLR would weigh you down.

Macros are also an area where the large depth of field of compact cameras has an advantage over a DSLR. A shot like this would have required at least f/11 on a DSLR, but given the lighting conditions would have required very high ISO to hold the camera steady - in which case the image might not be any cleaner than what we've got here (and Canon has no macro lenses with IS!).

comments (14)

that's kind of funny actually--but a very good shot. Would be nice to have a bit more DOF but the color and detail are very nice--he looks a bit like a dragon.
The Maven: Thanks fot the comments. smile Yes, I guess snakes are from the serpent family too! Now it only needs wings.
I think you got great detail, a sharp eye, and the colour is amazing. The creature looks very comfortable.
The Maven: Ha, to be perfectly honest the colour was tweaked during post-processing. In the original, the lighting was provided by a small artifical florescent lamp - so the colour was rather blue. The colour balance was adjusted to make the green stand out a little more.
Splendida creatura!
Wow! I love this beautiful capture. I like the composition, the colour is great, and that sharp detail of the eye is just perfect. (:o)
  • J-Boy
  • Namibia
  • 9 Feb 2009, 18:36
great snap but disagree with your comments on DOF. see suby and alakija sites on shutterchance
The Maven: Could you please elaborate more about the DOF comments? I've done macro photography on the full frame Canon 5D as well - see my damselfly shot at http://duane.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Damselfly/. On that shoot I struggled to avoid camera shake (handheld) in bright sunlight with ISO1000 at f/16. When you're only 4cm away from your subject, DOF becoming too narrow is a big obstacle. Stopping down to f/16 then requires a correspondingly higher ISO - which negates much of the advantage of the bigger sensor.
stunning shot fellasmile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Feb 2009, 22:59
Lovely shot Duane, I like the way just the head is sharp.

Not sure what you mean by the compact/dslr focal length. How could you get this shallow depth @ f11 on any camera this close to the subject?
The Maven: Hi Ellie, it's been a long time (purely my fault for not posting for some time)! Macro photography poses a different set of issues. DOF is not just affected by aperture, but also by distance. This photo is actually dramatically "larger than life" - in reality the snake is quite tiny. I must have been ~4cm away from it!

When you're this close, the DOF becomes really tiny (DOF is a function of aperture, distance to subject, sensor size). If I had been using a 40D, I'd probably need f/11. On the 5D maybe f/13. Thanks of the FZ28's tiny 1/2.33" sensor I could use f/3.4 to get this large DOF. Even so, the shutterspeed was very slow and I did have many blurred shots from this series.
I'm glad I read your response to Ellie, I didn't appreciate it was that small, cracking shot that is well composed.
Ha l'aria triste. Poor viper!
Cracking nature shot Duane, the colours on the viper are fantastic,also i think the focus is pretty much bang on !!
This guy really looks like he should be in a Harry Potter movie.
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
perfect
Great shot.
Actually Canon's newer 100mm 2.8 does have IS, and it gets great reviews.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-100mm-f-2.8-L-IS-USM-Macro-Lens-Review.aspx

Beautiful image.

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera DMC-FZ28
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/3.2s
aperture f/3.4
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 13.3mm
Roppongi Hills SpiderRoppongi Hills S...
Zygoptera MacroZygoptera Macro
Smug CormorantSmug Cormorant

Warning