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Few macro insects...
Posted By: Duh_Vinci, 07-29-2007, 02:51 PM

No luck with dragonflies, that was my intention, so in "despair", I tried to at least make the best of my trip...

These are with DFA 100mm macro on K100D



This one thought he was "invisible" - sure, blends in well, but:







And my first fly, never came close to one. It was shot with FA 100mm f/3.5 macro and +2 Hoya closup (basically making it 1:1 lens)




C&C always welcome!

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D
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Nice macros! I really like the sharpness and detail in the grasshopper and the fly.
07-29-2007, 11:22 PM   #3
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Those are rock'n ... Dragonflys be damned!

Though I find flys generally most objectionable, that has to be the most attractive fly shot I've ever seen. wow!!! Hope your first with that won't be your last, but with that shot in the bag should it matter?!
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Great series Duh_vinci, even without dragonflies...

If I would have to choose just one, I would take the fly, but they are all great.

I would just have one critique I also got for my bee shots on another forum: too centered.

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So sharp that I could not believe them! I believe a different type of selective sharpening?

The colour are so rich that I am so envious of these macro shots
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Thanks for looking and the comments everyone, much appreciated!

Yeah, not sure what to do with those dragons, aside from getting 300mm lens I'll keep trying though, but aside from sitting in the ambush, and waiting for them to land near by - I'm clueless... I even worn very neutral color clothing, hoping to be "less spooky" to them, oh well...

Sharpening - since I started to shoot in RAW only (few months back), I found Ben's method works really well, so everything is "0" sharpened prior to importing to CS3 and his method unsharp mask:

QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
...I will Unsharp Mask (Accentuate) from 120 to 330 percent at 0.3 pixels and I will Unsharp Mask again at 10 to 15% at 40 to 60 pixels to really "POP" the contrast. ...
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Excellent series... all the way around.

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Who's worried about dragonflies when you have shots like these.
Well done, great series.
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oh, the bokeh! #2 and #5 are my favorites, with #4 a very close 3rd. Wonderful color, great composition, just gorgeous.

Did you use a flash to supplement the light or is this all natural light? Very nice.
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Great detail, sharpness and colours. Truly wonderful macros. I like them all but I find the grasshopper picture particularly appealing; there is an unusual sense of depth.

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There are some very talented people on this forum that do such beautiful macro work you are one of them...nice shots.
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Excellent photos!!
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I really appreciate you all taking your time to take a look a this and your encouraging comments!

I've had few successful insect shots before, but mostly "lucky" shots, so I was somewhat disappointed in my macro skills of the life subjects, and left it alone for a while... But recently, after reading various "how to", including very inspiring Plonski's site, I begin practicing (actually a lot of practicing), and while there is still so much to learn still, at least I'm beginning to get a better grasp on insect photography approach.

Dan - I did use flash on all of them, but as a fill mostly, the only really obvious one I think is #3, but his skin/surface is so reflective, that even with diffuser, still showing... And he was in the darkest/shady spot too...

Thanks again for the comments!

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You're right, I notice it now on #3. As for the rest of the photos: I think you've struck the perfect balance between fill flash and the natural light. Sometimes heavy flash use on a macro can make a subject stand out, but sometimes it's not so nice.

Anyway, thanks for the insights, and sharing these pics.
-Dan
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These are very nice macros, thanks for posting them.

As for dragonflies, they are not as difficult to shoot as most people assume. The word is patience, if you find one and it flies away just wait right there. More times than not it will come back to the same spot and I don't know why but if I get the first shot of (I use flash on all of them) they seem to sit there mesmerised. I have taken as many as 15 shots of the same dragonfly without it doing more than move around a bit.

I do most of my macro shooting with my CP8800 plus canon 250D. It works reasonable well and will have to do until I can get a macro lens for the K100D. If you interested have a look here: in_our_backyard_2007 Photo Gallery by Heinrich Lohmann at pbase.com
The last 20 or so images on that page are dragonflies.

I do use the 50-200 with the canon 250D as well but it is a lot more hit and miss than I like. Again, thanks for posting.

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