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Soft-boxed Bonsai Blooms

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Soft-boxed Bonsai Blooms
Soft-boxed Bonsai Blooms
01/28/07, Miyazu, Japan. Nothing's cheap in Japan, but bonsai plants are abundant and relatively reasonable. This is from my first session with my BIG makeshift softbox. I'll insert a photo of it in the discussion thread. Made it for half what it would have cost me to buy and have it shipped. But still don't quite know what I'm doing. Bought two construction work lamps, one 500W and one 300W, but the 300W didn't work and exchanged for a 200W as that's all they had. For my first trial run only had the 300W, so put three small spotlights on the right and the 500 on the left. Would really appreciate some advice on how to improve construction and lighting.
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Susan J. Allen
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    This is from my first session with my BIG makeshift softbox. Here's a picture of it. Made it for half what it would have cost me to buy and have it shipped. But still don't quite know what I'm doing. Bought two construction work lamps, one 500W and one 300W, but when I tried to turn the 300W on, it didn't work and will have to return it. For my first trial run, put three small spotlights on the right and the 500 on the left. Advice on what I've done wrong with the construction and lighting solicited!


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1/29/2007 7:12:54 AM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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Very nice colors and details, Susan ... your soft box appears to have done an excesllent job!


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1/29/2007 7:22:22 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks so much, Steve! You've sure been on top of things the past couple of days!


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1/29/2007 7:26:24 AM

 
BILLY R. PARKER
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SUSAN, OUTSTANDING RESULTS!! I AGREE WITH STEVE! YOUR SOFT BOX GAVE YOU EXCELLENT RESULTS ON THE IMAGE!! BILLY


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1/29/2007 7:53:38 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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Excellent job Susan! What lens you used?


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1/29/2007 8:16:18 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks so much, Billy and Fritz--you made my day! The lens I used was the Sigma 18-200. It's really not that great for macro. I'm saving for the Canon 100-400 L with image stablizer to use both for macro and birds in flight. Wish me luck!


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1/29/2007 8:21:44 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Susan, excellent color, detail and lighting.


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1/29/2007 8:28:11 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks Janine! And congrats to you!


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1/29/2007 8:41:06 PM

 
Shawn Jennings
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Great lighting and detail on this Susan!


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1/30/2007 7:46:07 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks so much, Shawn!


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2/9/2007 5:47:08 AM

 
Holly Shao
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Love the colors and lighting in this beautiful composition, Susan!

Holly


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2/13/2007 12:58:02 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks, Holly!


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2/13/2007 8:01:49 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Congrats on your finalist, Susan!!


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2/24/2007 12:06:22 PM

 
Holly Shao
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Congratulations, Susan, on this beautiful Finalist!!

Holly


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2/24/2007 1:10:35 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Susan, congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!


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2/24/2007 1:55:03 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Susan, congratulations on your finalist.


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2/24/2007 3:01:59 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations on your finalist, Susan. I wish I had ROOM to set up something like your makeshift soft box.


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2/24/2007 4:08:36 PM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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COngrats on your third finalist ... Susan


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2/24/2007 4:09:57 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks so much, all you nice BP'ers! How nice to wake up to a finalist and your kind comments!


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2/24/2007 6:19:24 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.


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2/24/2007 6:48:12 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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BEAUTIFUL!!! CONGRATULATIONS Susan :0)


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2/24/2007 10:01:04 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks so much for the encouragement, Kay and Datha!


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2/25/2007 3:11:59 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Beautiful image, Susan!!! Your light tent is incredible! Congratulations and good luck!


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2/25/2007 12:57:34 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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What a lovely Finalist; congratulations!


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2/25/2007 4:00:40 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks so much, Sharon and Christopher!


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2/25/2007 8:18:26 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Susan!!


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2/26/2007 6:45:10 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Thanks again Evy! You are very encouraging!


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2/26/2007 7:43:42 PM

 
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