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Image: David Warman [larger view].

When I met David in Seattle recently, he explained his flower photography as his wish to get down inside the blossoms.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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  1. Bob O'H says:

    Looking at this, I think Mr. Warman just wants to be coated in cocoa powder.

  2. Fiddler says:

    Any chance you know what type of camera DW uses for nature photography? Do you have a preference? I’m looking to upgrade whenever the economy recovers.

  3. David Warman says:

    Fiddler: The camera is a Pentax K100D. Already obsoleted, I do not know if the newer versions have the same image characteristics or if they sacrificed anything for more automation features.
    It is ‘only’ 6Mp, but I have to say they are very nice pixels indeed. One of the factors in image quality is the junction noise level from the semiconductors. At 6Mp in a 2/3 ratio 35mm equivalence, the larger pixel area means better noise figures, all else being constant. This is where DSLR cameras totally out-shine the pocket snappers, even when the latter have more pixels.
    But for me, what turns the nice feel into magic is the glass I use – a vintage 1978 SMC Pentax M 100mm 1:4 macro lens. Pure manual, but far superior to the modern kit lenses, and also for macro photography auto-focus makes the wrong choice far more often than not. The ability to use this old lens with the modern K100D was a prime factor in choosing the camera body.
    You really have to see these at full resolution on a large quality monitor, say a 37″ Aquos at 3′.
    The flickr photos grrlscientist posted also have full EXIF data, so you can get more exposure details there.
    Cocoa powder? Hmm. Hadn’t thought of that.

  4. Fiddler says:

    Excellent, thank you for the explanations, David!

  5. RM says:

    Incredible photos, David. Thanks for sharing!