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10-31-2008, 01:08 PM   #16
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Heh, too bad there isn't a system like that for kids sometimes!

QuoteOriginally posted by clee01l Quote
Cryogenics - 30 minutes in the fridge at 40 F will do wonders to get those little buggers to slow down long enough for a photo. And it does not seem to harm them

11-03-2008, 06:34 PM   #17
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Back from a weekend camping! Spent plenty of hours crawling through the Aussie bush chasing little critters. I had a ball!!

Peter thanks for the suggested exercise and the link - I will definately give that a go! Thanks for the suggestion too on using the manual focus - I didn't even think of giving that a go - I was playing mainly with the aperture and shutter speed.. I found it hard enough to get close enough and take a picture before the bugs flew off. But I will try that on some more stationary objects and play.

It can be quite intense, absorbing, and frustrating. Especially if you're working handheld, manually focused, and going after anything that moves at all. I don't work up as much of a sweat shooting anything as I do hunched over a flower pot trying to get a killer image of an ant or a bee.
Haha - I can relate to this - I was exhausted after chasing dragonflies all afternoon, not too mention extremely muddy... but to get one shot can be rewarding!! Mike thanks too for the example of the leaf!!

Marc - thanks for your useful comments

Steve - thanks for your comments - I appreciate your input and good to get feedback on my new lens purchase.

eGordon99 - yeap definately need to use manual focus!!

The other big challenge in macro work in the field is wind.
Sean - I discovered this on the weekend too!!
I love your beautiful photo of the bee!! Great work!!

Well after a few days away.. here was my attempt at macro photography.... I know I have a long way to go - but I was happy with these images. After seeing clee01's spider - when I saw one on my friends tent - I just had to try and get a shot.... the rest of the time I spent chasing dragonflies through the marsh.

Thanks again to everyone for your comments - I really appreciate it!
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