Thanks for the clarification on the fish, hunter58. One big carpe diem, baby!! That thing had to be a foot and a half long, and it had like feelers on its mouth....
On the first shot, I virtually always shoot in RAW which, as you know, produces a file with a bit depth of 12. And to make a long story short, what you see here is the result of the development process to produce a viewable image from that file; i.e., adjusting of the various levers in PS; not due to any particular camera skills of moi.
The B&W shot is something I've been wanting to try for awhile, but never seem to have the right lens for to fit my filter. This was shot using a Tiffen green 58 filter, a very intense green. So the effect is to pass through green light preferentially, and that creates a different effect when converted to B&W. (In color it is, um, very, very green
I agree with your thought on the DoF in the flower shots. I had a 90mm macro with me and could have done some stacked images with that, etc. But on this particular day, I decided to experiment with my 70-300 which is what the flowers, carp, and monk were shot with. There will be a learning curve with it, I'm sure, but over the past four years I've had it, I've only used it to take pictures of the moon, so it's time to go down that curve
Thanks for your comments.
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