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Postby smb2 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:23 pm

For you SLR pros. What do you do when the subject really doesn't fit the lens.
Today I was shooting macro with a 60 mm 2.8 concentrating on a shrimp in an anemone. I turn to my left and a turtle is munching on some sponge 6 inches from my camera. He lets me follow him around even to the surface and back down to the reef. (No matter how loud I scream nobody brings me a second camera with the 10-17mm!!)
Face shots are OK.... and I try a full animal shot at the surface where the light is better but really it is to far away from the turtle for the flash to illuminate it. (Hence the attempt at the B&W conversion.)
Any thoughts on how to get a creative shot even when the lens doesn't fit the subject.
Probably should have just enjoyed the encounter.
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Postby bvanant » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:08 pm

smb2 wrote:For you SLR pros. What do you do when the subject really doesn't fit the lens.
Today I was shooting macro with a 60 mm 2.8 concentrating on a shrimp in an anemone. I turn to my left and a turtle is munching on some sponge 6 inches from my camera. He lets me follow him around even to the surface and back down to the reef. (No matter how loud I scream nobody brings me a second camera with the 10-17mm!!)
Face shots are OK.... and I try a full animal shot at the surface where the light is better but really it is to far away from the turtle for the flash to illuminate it. (Hence the attempt at the B&W conversion.)
Any thoughts on how to get a creative shot even when the lens doesn't fit the subject.
Probably should have just enjoyed the encounter.

I like the BW conversion but it would be better if you flipped it so that it was heading upward and to the right. Otherwise, shoot the pattern of a spot on his back or some other supermacro bit.
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Postby bvanant » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:08 pm

smb2 wrote:For you SLR pros. What do you do when the subject really doesn't fit the lens.
Today I was shooting macro with a 60 mm 2.8 concentrating on a shrimp in an anemone. I turn to my left and a turtle is munching on some sponge 6 inches from my camera. He lets me follow him around even to the surface and back down to the reef. (No matter how loud I scream nobody brings me a second camera with the 10-17mm!!)
Face shots are OK.... and I try a full animal shot at the surface where the light is better but really it is to far away from the turtle for the flash to illuminate it. (Hence the attempt at the B&W conversion.)
Any thoughts on how to get a creative shot even when the lens doesn't fit the subject.
Probably should have just enjoyed the encounter.

I like the BW conversion but it would be better if you flipped it so that it was heading upward and to the right. Otherwise, shoot the pattern of a spot on his back or some other supermacro bit.
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Postby scottg » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:07 am

great topic!

My first thought was to use an artistic approach, filling the frame with a pattern.
http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/under ... mpositions

With a turtle I also might try to get a direct head-on shot, filling the frame, of just his eyes and beak / mouth, if possible. also look for parasites & cleaner fish on the turtle.

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Postby smb2 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:15 am

I never could get completely in front of the turtle. He didn't mind swimming beside me but wasn't going to let me get ahead !
I did take a pattern shot directly down on the shell.
Don't see a lot of Remoras here and no true Pilot fish.

This is probably one place the compact camera folks have an advantage.
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