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macro season is just starting! (dial up users beware)
Posted By: Marc Langille, 03-21-2008, 09:49 AM

And I've not photographed anything... However, here are a few from the last couple of years... let's get things going in the Northern Hemisphere...

Here's some I've dug up from seasons past (previously posted), plus a couple never posted anywhere before.

Skipper - over 3400 species of this butterfly variant exist. The order Lepidoptera consists of butterflies, moths and skippers.

*ist DS - taken at F/9.5, 1/500 sec., ISO 200, 200mm:


Leafcutter Bee... an import from Europe to pollinate alfalfa plants, since honey bees dislike alfalfa. Very small, non-agressive, and have white (as seen here) or yellow hair on their bodies. No honey is produced, and they nest in pairs - with leaf cuttings, hence their name.

*ist DS - taken at F/6.7, 1/180 sec., ISO 800 (cropped):


Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

*ist DS - taken at F/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 400:


K10D - taken at F//11, 1/180 sec., ISO 100:



K10D - taken at F//11, 1/180 sec., ISO 100:


Taken at F/16, 1.5 sec, ISO 100


Toxomerus Hover Fly... To put this little insect in perspective: it's half the length of your thumbnail...

Taken at F/16, 1/180 sec., ISO 100:


Taken at F/11, 1/90 sec., ISO 100:



Taken at F/6.7, 1/350 sec., ISO 400:


Japanese Beetles - looks like they are having... uh... hmmm...

Taken at F/16, 1/180 sec., ISO 100:


I hope you enjoy them!

Last edited by Marc Langille; 03-21-2008 at 04:58 PM. Reason: identification of certain insects people might not be familiar with...
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03-21-2008, 07:33 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pornflake Quote
Oh man, you're making me jealous.

I've just came from a lunch at my aunts house, lot's of flowers, bees and all kinds of insects and i forgot my camera at my other house.

man I'm mad

oh... AWSOME pics BTW
LOL... I know, I get the same way when I see a good opportunity pass by... my sympathies...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting...

QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
Yes it is, great shots you have there. Time to dust off the good old VIV S1!!!
Thanks! See, you got the bug...

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These shots are stunning, Marc.

I like the last shot - sort of reminding me the northern Spring. Romance in the air.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 35mmfilm_user Quote
Thank you Rosemary! Learning macro really helps your attention to detail...



Thanks Tom! It was a steep learning curve photographing insects in the beginning, especially with such a long lens. However, I've turned that to my advantage - much easier to stay off a bit and not spook them...

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Yes but it does not help with typos! LOL
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very nice ...
Thank you ...

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Good ones! Thanks for sharing #1 and #3 are great.
Love the detail in #6 too.
Yep, last one's a novelty!
Well done.
Thanks Ash! #1 is a favorite because of it's composition - couldn't have posed that Skipper any better if I tried!

#3 was a complete fluke - here's the original image:

Believe it or not, I was trying to photograph a Skipper, and look he showed up instead. Total fluke in terms of timing, etc. Of course I started firing away, and this was the only shot of it's eyes in focus! I've never really tried to photograph them, so that's why he showed up...

Ah yes, romance is wonderful...

Link to my macro gallery:
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Those are astounding. Breathtaking detail, perfect lighting, interesting subjects - it draws you in and down in scale.

Reminded me of a movie called microcosmos I saw years ago. Incredible cinematography in that, just like these.

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Well thank you! It always makes me happy when I know I've been able to bring the macro world to others! Sometimes the detail is quite amazing! I don't often show 100% crops of my work, but I do it to demonstrate the clarity of the images. Then people know it's just as detailed on the full sized image.

QuoteOriginally posted by weatherwise2 Quote
Those macros are great and I'm amazed at the DOF and how sharp you were able to keep almost all of the bodies.

I have to ask since I just started try ing this last fall, how many pictures on average do you take of a single subject do you take and then select the best. I have trouble seeing the focus point in the view finder in macro photography.
Thank you! Special Ops in tripod setup at your service...

Seriously, you must be fast, or rely on handheld and possibly flash to freeze the subject correctly. I am fortunate to have better than normal vision, so I don't even use anything other than a standard focusing screen.

Regarding number of images of a single subject: initially I'd take a LOT of photos - sometimes 30-40 when I was learning macro. Now it's 3-5 images at most, unless the subject is moving or other subjects might interact with the original subject. I've cut down a lot on picture taking - I guess I'm finally learning how to do it?

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These shots are stunning, Marc.

I like the last shot - sort of reminding me the northern Spring. Romance in the air.
Thank you James, I hope all is well with you?

LOL... yes, quite the couple...

I finally got berated by my wife: "you need to update your website and put more photos on it"... It's like Mike Cash and his "Critical Mass" thread. How cool is that?!

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They are all superb Marc. What lens were you using for these?

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Yes but it does not help with typos! LOL
No worries...

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They are all superb Marc. What lens were you using for these?
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them.

It's the same lens throughout - FA* 200/4 macro. A masterpiece in optics and design. The sharpness and contrast is amazing. I normally do no sharpening or minimal sharpening (default of 25% in ACR) on my macro work - it's not needed! It is so good, my job photographing macro is so much easier now. I did a review of it here:https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/showproduct.php?product=184&cat=30

Unfortunately it's no longer made...

However, the Sigma 180/3.5 macro is one serious contender - I've seen many beautiful images from it... <hint, hint>

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crop of #5

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Wow, thats amazing! Well done Marc, I like 5 the best but its a tuff 1 to pick. All are beautiful pictures
Just for you Thomas... It's about 75% of full size:


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astounding images marc.....can you tell what lens was used ?......
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Oh wow! what amazing shots! The detail is incredible.
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astounding images marc.....can you tell what lens was used ?......
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Regarding the lens: it's a secret... ssshhhh....

Just kidding! The lens is the FA* 200/4 macro. Someday I'll have to try it with a TC... but I know I'll get a compromise on image quality.

Side note: looks like SmugMug locked down some apparent loopholes on their system, so the EXIF data no longer shows up by default. There's a way to do it, but it requires an ImageID tag... I'll have to read up on that.

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Enjoyed your macros Mark! No shortage of creepy crawlies in the Arkansas jungle, that's for sure. Hoping to capture a few myself this year.
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Oh wow! what amazing shots! The detail is incredible.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them...
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They're all beautiful like always Marc,

Your still the master of Macro photography here.

I'm looking forward to macro season starting here. It'll hopefully start in a week or 2.

QuoteOriginally posted by Pornflake Quote
Oh man, you're making me jealous.

I've just came from a lunch at my aunts house, lot's of flowers, bees and all kinds of insects and i forgot my camera at my other house.

man I'm mad

oh... AWSOME pics BTW
That's why I have 2 cameras now
I just need my lenses to multiply, so I always have the right lens close by
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