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Finally. I never take the time to get nice photos of my plants that I feel are presentable enough to make the effort of putting them on the forums. However, I took a few nice photos today (for Instagram with my not-so-good phone camera) while I was renovating my highland terrarium so I feel like it's a good time to start this thread. If I ever take the time to take photos with my Dad's nice camera they are definitely going to end up on here!

My N. ceciliae that I received on Friday
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N. macfarlanei, always reliable leaf jumps on this one
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N. peltata, love how the leaves start out red and then turn green. Unfortunately the lighting is off in this photo.
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N. spathulata x singalana
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N. sanguinea freshly opened pitcher. I've noticed the peristome always looks at its best when freshly opened. While the striping does not look as sharp with age, the pitchers darken up a bit.
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Hmm, pictures did not turn out as good as I hoped. I will make sure to get some sharper photos in the near future! :)
 
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I just don't like the low resolution on the photos. I didn't take any pictures of my Drosera since I find it irritating when you can't see the individual shining dew drops. Now that I've started this thread, however, I find myself wanting to get some really good shots with my real camera!
 
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Some pics I took with a fancy camera. Still figuring out how to adjust the colors on it properly, and the zoom lens.

D. adalae
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D. venusta
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N. "Luna"
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D. latifolia
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U. humboldtii
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N. spathulata x singalana
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You'll need some sort of photo processing software to adjust the colors if the camera isn't setting the white balance correctly. It's a common problem with artificial lighting since the spectrum is pretty abnormal. That skinny Nep is looking good!
 
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Some more

D. schizandra
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N. sanguinea
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D. slackii among many capensis hitchikers
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S. oreophila
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My outdoor collection (excluding the D. binata var. multifida I put outside)
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Some S. rubra gulfensis I got from [MENTION=8688]DJ57[/MENTION]
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Even more...

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U. reniformis with N. sanguinea
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N. ceciliea
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Another shot with N. so-silly-yay
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N. peltata and ceciliea
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N. macfarlanei with peltata and ceciliea
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Out of curiosity, what fancy camera did you use?

Canon Rebel XS. I do not have a macro lens so I had to cope a bit.
 
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Canon Rebel XS. I do not have a macro lens so I had to cope a bit.

That's about the same age and price range as my camera (Nikon D60.) I'm surprised to see it leaning towards a green tint so much, though that may be due to the particular lighting you're using for your plants. If you want to fix it, you'll probably want to set the camera to shoot in RAW then use some photography processing software to make adjustments. I've been using Adobe Lightroom for a long time but it costs money and is obscenely slow, though it's by far the most user friendly photography program I've encountered.

If you want a cheap way to do macro shots, get a reverse lens adapter ring (it does exactly what it sounds like, it lets you attach the lens to the camera backwards.) You can get a good quality metal one for $5 or so which gives you very high magnification, but you have to use full manual mode and hold the spring-loaded aperture lever open with your finger, on top of the lens stabilizer not functioning. Any time you see me post a super close-up picture like my recent Nepenthes seed shots, I used a reversing ring.
 
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That's about the same age and price range as my camera (Nikon D60.) I'm surprised to see it leaning towards a green tint so much, though that may be due to the particular lighting you're using for your plants. If you want to fix it, you'll probably want to set the camera to shoot in RAW then use some photography processing software to make adjustments. I've been using Adobe Lightroom for a long time but it costs money and is obscenely slow, though it's by far the most user friendly photography program I've encountered.

If you want a cheap way to do macro shots, get a reverse lens adapter ring (it does exactly what it sounds like, it lets you attach the lens to the camera backwards.) You can get a good quality metal one for $5 or so which gives you very high magnification, but you have to use full manual mode and hold the spring-loaded aperture lever open with your finger, on top of the lens stabilizer not functioning. Any time you see me post a super close-up picture like my recent Nepenthes seed shots, I used a reversing ring.

I actually adjusted it on the camera to have more of a green tint. It was normally pretty red (as you can see in one of my Heli photos). I'll have to mess around a bit more to see if I get get it more natural.
 
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Two pictures from today.

Open-pollinated cross (not my own)

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A small bundle of P. grandiflora I received at the June Portland CP meet, with some Red Sawtooth in the background

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