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Neil Wyatt12/06/2020 21:43:19
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Wow Raphael, where are you finding all these creatures?

Neil

Nicholas Farr01/07/2020 09:09:22
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Hi, I managed to get a couple of photos of a Damsel fly yesterday with my Canon EOS 400D with my Canon 35mm macro lens. They are not always easy to get, as any sudden movement and they're off, this first one has just been resized.

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This next one has been resized and cropped.

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They were both more or less a point and shoot kind of procedure, as it doesn't take much to spook them.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 01/07/2020 09:14:08

Neil Wyatt01/07/2020 18:17:26
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Posted by Nicholas Farr on 01/07/2020 09:09:22:

Hi, I managed to get a couple of photos of a Damsel fly yesterday with my Canon EOS 400D with my Canon 35mm macro lens. They are not always easy to get, as any sudden movement and they're off, this first one has just been resized.

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This next one has been resized and cropped.

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They were both more or less a point and shoot kind of procedure, as it doesn't take much to spook them.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 01/07/2020 09:14:08

NIce one Nick.

best advice I ever got for photographing insects was 'get the eyes in focus'...

Bandersnatch01/07/2020 18:35:43
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Just out of curiosity, I took one of Nick's images and sharpened (the lightness layer only) in old PSP.

Whadaya think. I did use quite a lot of sharpening since I was only doing it to the lightness layer not the total image but I may have overdone it a little.

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Nicholas Farr01/07/2020 21:23:28
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Hi Neil, thanks for the comments. It was a catch it while you can and hope the focus is good where it matters, it did twitch a couple of times between shots and I was surprised I got that close.

Regards Nick.

Nicholas Farr01/07/2020 21:28:44
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Hi Bandersnatch, it's not bad, but the dead stem it is on, now draws my eyes from the subject, I prefer the unaltered photo.

Regards Nick.

Bandersnatch01/07/2020 22:10:26
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Yeah ... you're right Nick. I did think of selecting the but and just sharpening that but I think it would look a bit artificial with this picture.

Sam Stones01/07/2020 22:41:43
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Not just insects Neil ... the eyes are an important point of focus.

Again not a macro but ...

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What I find fascinating, especially with insects like mantis is how, due to their eye structure, they seems to follow your movements.

Another great result Nick!

As you would know, it takes a very steady hand and lots of patience to get those close-ups.

Sam

Raphael Golez01/07/2020 23:34:41
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Very nice Damsel fly Nick. They are very shy and easily scared. Im sure with a 35mm macro at 1:1 you sneaked up on it like a ninja!

Raphael Golez01/07/2020 23:37:05
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The depth of field is very thin as the magnification goes up with macro photography. Hand held using an extension tube on a macro lens is a skill you have to master. Holding your breath and sneaking up on your subjects needs a lot of practice.

Raphael Golez01/07/2020 23:41:58
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Hand held single shots with extension tubes.

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Raphael Golez01/07/2020 23:43:04
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Nicholas Farr02/07/2020 07:42:06
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Posted by Raphael Golez on 01/07/2020 23:34:41:

Very nice Damsel fly Nick. They are very shy and easily scared. Im sure with a 35mm macro at 1:1 you sneaked up on it like a ninja!

 

Hi Raphael, yes they are very shy and can see you coming. There were many of these flying around in my long grass back garden, but I was inspired to try and take a close up photo after this one landed in front of me while I was working on a IBC, I carefully and slowly took my old Galaxy Ace phone out of my pocket and took it the best I could. I crept up to one or two others with my proper camera, but they just flew off, so I had to just sit and wait for one to land close by. The camera phono photo below has being cropped by about 60%.

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Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 02/07/2020 07:44:02

Roderick Jenkins04/07/2020 13:12:14
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Didn't really need much magnification for this beast:

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A female Stag Beetle wandering over our deck.

Stay well,

Rod

Michael Gilligan20/07/2020 23:17:27
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Segue from Rod’s post ... to this: **LINK**

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beetles-camera-backpack-180975341/

surprise MichaelG.

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