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04-23-2019, 05:52 AM - 1 Like   #766
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Thanks. I have the ring light attachment for the Venus 25mm macro, but dang if that lens isn't hard to use. DOF is just so shallow and I'm rarely( maybe never) steady enough on a live subject to get multiple photos that I can stack. A good focus rail and still subject lens but I do most of my bug photography on live, active bugs. The middle two photos are the DFA 100 macro and I just use a regular speedlight with that. That lens is much more user friendly. The silhouette one is with the old 35 plastic fantastic.
I've never been able to hand-hold macros, and with age and extra caffeine, my success rate has not improved. I also find that 95% of the time my tripod-mounted field macros are sharper with flash than with available sunlight, but the black backgrounds are not always pleasing.

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My settings are, with the K3II and Sunpak DX-8R ring flash:
ISO 200, f/16, 1/180sec and 1/4 flash power in the daylight.

Often it's a very good DoF but with the outdoors and breezes, it can be a challenge. At least we're no longer wasting film exposures. Take what you can get when you're wading through the prairies.
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I regularly use f16 with flash. Most lenses start to lose IQ to diffraction between f8 and f11, but I find for macros the gain in DOF at f16 more than outweighs the slight loss of detail to diffraction.
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Bad photos of an ant-mimic jumping spider, which I didn't even know were around my part of the planet.



I wasn't sure until I got a shot of the front end with peepers:



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I never cease to be amazed what evolution can do with camouflage and mimicry
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It had been a while since I attempted to shoot the jumpers on the house... Tiny!!


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Following up on myself... Is no one else taking spider shots? (Both shots x-posted in K-3 Samples, and the first is in Flickr Explore right now!)






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I am, just not lately...

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I have taken some but nothing special. I took one of a spiny orb weaver today. It is watermelon color where they are only yellow or white.
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Following up on myself... Is no one else taking spider shots?
Lots of wet, rainy days. Spider and bug season is off to a slow start.
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A big orb-weaver, I believe called "tufted silk spider."
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Got lucky during an otherwise not very fruitful outing at the Montreal Botanical Garden. I spotted a small Pelegrina jumping spider, and, amongst the many shots I took as it was moving around, I hit focus just at the moment it caught a springtail and was holding it upside down! Moments later (in subsequent shots) the collembola got rotated/munched and was no longer recognizable. I didn't even see the springtail until I looked at the shots afterwards!


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Proof positive that being cute is no insurance against being eaten...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Following up on myself... Is no one else taking spider shots? (Both shots x-posted in K-3 Samples, and the first is in Flickr Explore right now!)






I should be but too busy moving to a new house....where there will be new spiders!
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