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05-22-2019, 05:36 AM   #5371
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Wow, that's quite the encounter! Those are such fast insects, I'm half surprised you got to see it.

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This enterprising spider was building a web in this flower, not sure of the likelihood that it will be able to take on the larger insects that are attracted to the flowers.
Taken with Tamron SP90 52BB and cropped a lot.
I have included a size reference image to show how small the spider is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
This enterprising spider was building a web in this flower, not sure of the likelihood that it will be able to take on the larger insects that are attracted to the flowers.
Taken with Tamron SP90 52BB and cropped a lot.
I have included a size reference image to show how small the spider is.
I'm more used to seeing crab spiders hanging out in flowers; weird to see a spider spinning a web in one. I guess it's good to have an ambitious goal. And a hobby.
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Two relatively unloved species coming together: an ant on a dandelion.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Two relatively unloved species coming together: an ant on a dandelion.


Awww. I love them both. Honestly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Two relatively unloved species coming together: an ant on a dandelion.



IMPRESSIVE detail in a field macro of that magnification.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Two relatively unloved species coming together: an ant on a dandelion.
Very nicely done! Textures and details are great. Stack or single shot?
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
IMPRESSIVE detail in a field macro of that magnification.
Thank you!

QuoteOriginally posted by Thagomizer Quote
Very nicely done! Textures and details are great. Stack or single shot?
Three frames, but really about 2.5, as one contributed almost nothing. Moderately active subject, so add maybe 50 other frames of out-of-focus, butt-in-focus, eye-hidden-by-petal & just-not-right stuff... BTW, I really love the sharpness of the M 135mm F/3.5 plus Raynox MSN-202 combo, but DoF is unbelievably thin... The combo gives a bit over 3:1 magnification - uncropped frames (as this one) are about 7.2mm wide - ie a bit more than 7 but clearly less than 7.5, which I'm calling 7.2mm.

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Thanks a lot for sharing the details. I fully agree with WPRESTO, an amazing result for such a tiny active subject. How about light? It looks like a single, fairly wide-angle (diffuse) light source from top-left. I like the nice smooth fall-off on the highlights.
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Shield bug and drone fly. K5, pentax-m 100f4 macro + 36mm tube.
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Shield bug and drone fly. K5, pentax-m 100f4 macro + 36mm tube.

The shield bug is particularly good.:
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Cranefly with the 100mm Pentax-M 100mm f4 lens on the K5II (cross-posted on the M Club).

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QuoteOriginally posted by JensE Quote
Thanks a lot for sharing the details. I fully agree with WPRESTO, an amazing result for such a tiny active subject.
Thank you!


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How about light? It looks like a single, fairly wide-angle (diffuse) light source from top-left. I like the nice smooth fall-off on the highlights.
Good eye! Yes, I use a single li-ion flash (a Godox V850ii). In the shot above, the flash is on an L-Bracket, along with a thingamajig that allows me to get the flash horizontal. The idea is to get the diffusion surface as close to the subject as possible, both for softness and to minimize power use. (Lower power means the flash can keep up with a K-3 firing at 8.3fps.) I also now try to slide the L-Bracket as close to the body as possible, so that the flash is camera-left, but just a bit. I like some light directionality, but I found that when using the L-bracket "normally", the light was coming from too far left. You can see an old picture of the L-bracket with horizontal flash right here, but remember that now I keep the flash closer to the camera body, so there's actually a piece of the bottom of the bracket that is sticking out at the bottom of the camera (which is now a K-3, as opposed to the K-01 in the photo). I'm also shooting with the flash wired now, as I've found wireless unreliable with the Godox when the flash is so close to the transmitter. Maybe I should just post a pic of my latest setup...! Triggering the flash has been a bit of a nuisance, BTW. The wired PC-sync connection on the K-3 body isn't threaded - or rather I should say the threads in it are not the same size as the threads on my (I assume, standard) cable - so I can't screw the cable in to the connection. As a result, the cable tends to wiggle loose over a session and that can cause misfires at the most inopportune moments.

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Small flower bee...................
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Isn't the Pentax-M 100mm f4. the 1:2, not the 1:1 ?

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I wanted to know has any one tried a deglassed 2x TC with A contacts behind a lens with A contacts for macro work?
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