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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-12-2020, 09:45 AM  
Dark-Edged Bee Fly
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-09-2020, 09:51 AM  
Dark-Edged Bee Fly
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Replies: 8
Views: 136
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-08-2020, 09:34 AM  
Dark-Edged Bee Fly
Posted By Shedking
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Views: 136
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2020, 03:19 PM  
Dark-Edged Bee Fly
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Replies: 8
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2020, 02:15 PM  
Pond Lilly Visitor
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-15-2020, 07:41 AM  
Dark-Edged Bee Fly
Posted By Shedking
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Views: 136
Bee Flies are territorial, often in three dimensions. They will often return to the same holding station and hover until the next rival enters their "airspace".

If you are prepared to be patient, you can slowly get into position and pre-focus.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-15-2020, 07:00 AM  
Pets - Doggies with bubbles!
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Forum: Lens Clubs 10-11-2020, 01:31 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
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As you say, hard to tell accurately from the image, but I'd check your clothes and food storage.

As soon as you mention "moth in house", my thoughts turn to one of the Tineidae : Tineidae of BC - BCLG Some are larger than the typical clothes moth

If it has white "shoulders", then White-shouldered house moth is a possibility.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-22-2020, 02:15 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Shedking
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Thanks for the compliment! I would surely have missed this in the film days.

Males are much easier than females when it comes to DIF.

I find the key is to reject single insects but set up when you see more than one. I watch for territorial behaviour, especially at the boundaries of territories. They will often come back again and again to the exact same spot.

Four figures on the shutter speed, give yourself a chance by stopping down and set the ISO free.

The theory works for beeflies too.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-22-2020, 07:52 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Shedking
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An outing for the D-FA 70-210/4 at the WIldfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Slimbridge.

The Pentax website has a special page for this lens that emphasises its portability and close focus. I don't think its a competitor of a long macro, nor a rival to a Star lens, but it is much easier to carry around all day than either. Full frame or not, I think it might be better suited to my KP.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-14-2020, 05:00 AM  
Nautical Twilight
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Replies: 14
Views: 244
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-13-2020, 02:34 PM  
Nautical Twilight
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Views: 244
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2020, 11:40 AM  
Nautical Twilight
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Views: 244
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2020, 03:49 AM  
Nautical Twilight
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Replies: 14
Views: 244
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-08-2020, 09:33 AM  
Nautical Twilight
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 14
Views: 244
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Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-08-2020, 09:32 AM  
August, 2020 Winner: Timeless
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Replies: 151
Views: 1,964
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-02-2020, 01:06 AM  
Nautical Twilight
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 14
Views: 244
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Forum: Lens Clubs 09-01-2020, 11:44 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 4,076
Views: 548,069
I learnt how to raise caterpillars to adults by studying Stone and Midwinter's book "Butterfly Culture". Used copies are regularly on secondhand sites; much cheaper in the UK than in the US, though.

My landlady hated me for it...
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-31-2020, 03:08 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
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Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis). KP with 100 WR and HD DA 1.4x teleconverter, built in flash. As a walk-around, portable bug-hunting combination, I can't fault this pairing.

My large, heavy Irix 150mm macro has a serious rival.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-31-2020, 02:32 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Shedking
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An unseasonal North wind gave us our lowest August temperatures for over 40 years, grounding this female Southern Hawker with its chill. She was alive when this photograph was taken, but our efforts to revive her failed. Nature can be cruel sometimes.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-27-2020, 02:20 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 4,076
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The dedicated website for the D-FA 70-210/4 WR makes quite a sales pitch out of the maximum magnification of this lens (0.32x on full-frame, 0.48x on APS-C).

On the basis that a venerable Tamron 90/2.5 macro only had a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.5x, I wondered if we should we be thinking of allowing the D-FA in to this club. I have a personal view on this, but I thought I'd ask you for your views.

It does have some merit as a bankside lens for larger insects, as this shot of a Banded Demoiselle shows. I have deliberately tried to show the front and back OOF areas, as well as the sharpness and colour. This was taken at 210mm and f/5.6 in overcast conditions at the MFD of 0.95m, with manual focus on a KP.

If you have one of these, I strongly recommend that you fine-tune the AF at the first opportunity. I found that the offset was completely different from any other lens that I own.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-11-2020, 01:24 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 4,076
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Deep pockets and some knowledge of French required. It does look in very good order, but that is a hefty price premium over other mounts.

Lens sigma 180mm f/3.5 macro for pentax | eBay
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-10-2020, 04:06 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 4,076
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Bankside shooting always prompts basophobia and cnidophobia in equal measure....
Forum: Winners' Showcase 08-10-2020, 01:00 AM  
July, 2020 Third Place: Sunset over Lake Superior
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 86
Views: 882
A pure interpretation of the competition theme.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-09-2020, 10:44 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 4,076
Views: 548,069
Looking at some of your EXIF data, you could exploit the high ISO capabilities of the KS-2 quite a bit more and keep the aperture/focal length settings closer to their optimum. I would gladly use ISO 1600 on my K-S2 if necessary to get a shutter speed higher than the focal length.

The IQ of the 55-300 starts to degrade above 210mm or thereabouts (look for the point where the max aperture changes) and diffraction sets in at about f/13.

I would suggest that you explore TAv mode in daylight, starting at 150mm and f/10 with an ISO range of 100-1600. A small toy figure is a good subject (gotta love Lego) as you can crop to a standard head-and-shoulders or full body shot. See how DOF varies at various shooting distances and crop combinations.

Giving yourself a decent working distance will vastly increase your subject options.
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