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05-09-2018, 10:30 AM   #4216
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Started my SIC today with my Pentax A 50mm f2 and Raynox DCR-250. Here's the first day: Straight out of camera except for cropping. Click on photo to see larger version. I think this is a Hoverfly but I can't be sure. Anyone?

I cannot at the moment tell you definitely what it is, but I can definitely tell you it is not a hoverfly (Syrphidae).

After a little look-in-book, I suspect that is either a horntail (family Siricidae) or a sawfly (Tenthredinidae) both of which are Hymenoptera = wasps, not flies. I'll do a little look-on-line and see if I can pin it down better.

More likely a sawfly than a horntail, something akin to Rhogogaster.


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Thanks Walt. Look forward to you identifying it for me.
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not much in the yard today until I looked up. I set up a ladder to get close. It flew around before it decided I am not a threat.
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Formicidae florists.

Petal wrangler taken with reversed FA 35-80 lens.




Dandelion diner captured with a reversed 18-55 II at 18mm.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Thagomizer Quote
Formicidae florists.

Dandelion diner captured with a reversed 18-55 II at 18mm.
What does that mean? A reversed 15-55....
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What does that mean? A reversed 15-55....

With an adapter (aka reversing ring) you can get macro type shots when you reverse a lens onto another lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
With an adapter (aka reversing ring) you can get macro type shots when you reverse a lens onto another lens.
Well I learned something new today....never heard of that before! Thanks!
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What does that mean? A reversed 15-55....
It means the lens is mounted in reverse on the camera using a reverse mount adapter, sometimes called a reversing ring. One side has a male mount for whatever camera system you're using, the other side has a male filter thread (usually 49m or 52mm) onto which the lens is screwed on. It's a cheap way to do macro. It works with normal or shorter focal length lenses, prime or zoom. You lose the aperture control connection with the camera, so lenses with aperture control rings are easiest to use. Depending on the focal length, you can get greater than 1:1. Not as user friendly, but worth it if you can put up with the inconveniences, like lack of automatic diaphragm.

Here are some links:


CHEAP MACRO -- Buying or exploiting a lens for ultraclose work - PentaxForums.com
Reverse one lens onto another for extreme macro
Reverse Lens Macro: Close Up Photography Lesson #3 -
Reverse Lens Macro: How to use it as a Great Learning Tool
Shooting Insect Macros on the Cheap with a Reversed Lens
Use that old film camera lens for reverse-lens macro photos

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Sat by a lily pond this morning for half an hour and there were several species of dragon fly zipping about and sitting about. After a time they would settle for a bit and return to stalks and reed tips and do a spot of sun baking.

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Thats a nice group. I really like the green and yellow one with that background.
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So I found this fella on my car the other day, a few quick shots, and then I shooed if off and it flew away to the garden.




Next thing I know, it is in the bathroom


And it was still there today. Not processed those yet
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Thats a nice group. I really like the green and yellow one with that background.
Thank you for commenting.
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Not even sure this is an insect.

More reverse zoom macro play. I started out wanting to shoot a flower using the FA 28-80 @ 28mm, but on chimping the image, I saw BUGS! So, I took off the 28-80 and brought out the heavy artillery, my Sigma 10-20, also reversed. I'd forgotten the cotton swab tube aperture wedging thingy I would have normally used, leaving me to use my finger to hold open the aperture. That, along with the breeze, made it a challenge, but with spray and pray, I managed to get a few that resolved compound eyes on at least one of the wee beasties. Please forgive the filthy sensor; I thought it would be better to get these posted than to take the time to clean and clone in PS. Enjoy! Cross posted with Macro by any means necessary.

Reversed FA 28-80, f8, at 28mm.



Reversed Sigma 10-20, f whoknowswhat, at 10mm. Field of view is approximately 3.75mm wide.


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More of the locust in the home after which I released it again into the garden, and hope it survives as it is is raining heavily and rather cold at the moment.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Thagomizer Quote
Not even sure this is an insect.
Apparently, collembola (or springtails) are no longer considered insects, but it doesn't seem inappropriate to post them here, IMHO...
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