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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Alf,

Very nice images.

Your beetle is a Longhorn and it seems to match Rhagium bifasciatum.

However, it is said that there is a species for every species of tree so it might be a similar species.

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Yeah thats the ID got the Two banded longhorn.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are a couple of little weevils

Mating weevils by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

A perfect capture.

He's having his weevil way!

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

..or weevils wobble but they don't fall down...









.....if you were around in the 1970s..
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Baby Speckled Bush Crickets

I was looking for ladybird eggs and I happened to glance down at a leaf on our Bryony plant. These two characters were side by side facing me. They were of aphid size, some 2-3mm long. I fetched my camera but that shot was lost.

I set the FOV for the two as they then were and did not reset it for individual shots, so there has been significant cropping. The very shiny leaf in the first image required the highlights and whites to be strongly toned down. It seems that the main flash did not fire for the third image due to the battery being drained.

EM-1, Kiron 105mm at f16, ISO 800, twin flash, hand-held.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Morning Harold

These are lovely. I must check my grapevine as they seem to like that. I don't think we have enough leaf cover yet, but I will investigate.

They are a challenge for focus. I can't remember if I have posted any before. I must look. Usually the kneecaps are either in or out of the zone of focus. The antennae are a bonus if you can see both!

So you have done very well indeed. And i always think two in a shot adds so much.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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Baby Speckled Bush Crickets

I was looking for ladybird eggs and I happened to glance down at a leaf on our Bryony plant. These two characters were side by side facing me. They were of aphid size, some 2-3mm long. I fetched my camera but that shot was lost.

I set the FOV for the two as they then were and did not reset it for individual shots, so there has been significant cropping. The very shiny leaf in the first image required the highlights and whites to be strongly toned down. It seems that the main flash did not fire for the third image due to the battery being drained.

EM-1, Kiron 105mm at f16, ISO 800, twin flash, hand-held.

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These are excellent Harold, thanks for posting them.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Thanks, Dave.

If I can relocate them, or find others, I hope to get some frame-filling shots with my Schneider HM 40 rig. I also use f16 on that, but it has a x1.5 TC behind it, giving f22.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Not to the standards above but taken yesterday using the Oly 300mm f4.0 macro lens.



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Not to the standards above but taken yesterday using the Oly 300mm f4.0 macro lens.

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Well, you have the essence of the species.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I've recently got back from a short holiday (which is why I haven't been commenting for a while) and find that my bugs, bees and beasties are beginning to remember how to pose for me. This Large Red Damsel seemed perfectly happy with me sticking the camera in his (her?) face

red damsel 001 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

red damsel front 001 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

You certainly know how to make the 60mm work for you Brian. I love the last one.

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Welcome back. I agree with Ron.

But if you have house trained them then that explains the look of adoration in the eye and the crisp five pound note in the back pocket. Lets see what you can do when you find an unbroken, wild one
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Dave - One of my favourites and not one I've seen this year, so far. So lovely to see such a fresh and colourful dragon.

I use the Canon 100-400 in much the same way. Really close focus and sharp as anything, but only when I see something close when I was trying to shoot birds.

Glad it is a good one.
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Yeah why not show us what camera is that on?


Will do. It is on the Canon 70D. I got the camera with the 100-400 for birds, but was told the 100mm macro was superb, and I think it is very nice.

I'll try and put a story together of how I work. I tend to jump between a telephoto and macro for insects. So I am used to carrying two cameras as lens changing is not ideal. So I will see if I have the same or similar shots to set side by side. Or I'll shoot for that next time.

I have got much better at removing the unwanted shots as I go now. So it may need a new shoot.

I'd appreciate anyone doing similar. I loved your own pictorial macro shoot stories. The practical stuff is interesting especially stopping me buying stuff which won't work (eg cheap extension tubes and adaptors).

give me a while to prep it Alf.
Although today was not an ideal day for light and warmth I have had a go at using the Canon 70D + 100 macro and Olympus + 40-150 pro side by side. As I promised. The way I work is not disciplined and this is not trying to show detailed comparisons. So please don't say this is unscientific. Yes it is and so am I .

The working situation for me is usually in a piece of rich nature. I will probably go to woodland, meadowland or a reserve. I often have in mind one species but get diverted to others as they appear. So I nearly always have the wrong settings (wrong lens, slow reactions and...have always missed shots) and get frustrated by the need to change my mindset to reset for something else. I have tried to find a way to have most things covered and miss less.

I am often chasing insects and they fail to sit still. So I need to be quick. Both of these two give me very quick autofocus. The Canon is giving me rapid (near instant) continuous autofocus on macro. The focus and therefore my working speed is therefore impressive (it is usually giving me a burst of 2/3 shots). The Olympus is giving me similar fast speed but at a comfortable telephoto distance. I tend to secure a shot at distance then move in if I can. Sometimes you can sometimes you cannot so it is good to have something.

I have to say autofocus on the Canon is much better. The Olympus tries to grab the background every time. I know others find that as well.

Up until doing these side by side pictures I felt the outputs were very different. But they are quite similar to my eye. The differences are there on some days - maybe the light is part of it. ISO was an issue at times today. But similar output means I can be comfortable at a range of subjects and distances that I have it covered.

These pictures have been left un-cropped, with similar development from RAW. I find it difficult not to try and present the best image so I haven't left it flat. But I haven't gone mad with the settings.

First the Olympus


Red-eye damselfly
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Then the Canon


Red-eye damselfly
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The advantage with the Canon is having got this at a reasonable distance you can also dive in to close-up


Red-eye damselfly
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The advantage with the Olympus is that if a bird pops up I can usually get a reasonable record shot. And can rely on a big crop.

I want to take pictures of butterflies in flight this year so I hope one of these will work. I suspect telephoto on the Canon may be best of all for that.

If you look at them at Flickr (should you wish) they are full sized - (I think you can see them like that not just me). I am happy to hear about how you run your systems to try and handle the same sorts of situations. I am still learning most days.
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