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Harold, you have done very well to get that close head on. I must have a try. I saw several damsels yesterday most teneral so that stops me recognising them without reference to my books. I must see if there are any suitable to share.

The tenerals are very jumpy so will be better in a week or so.

I have been enjoying using the Canon 100macro lens. But some were definitely on Olympus telephoto. Happy to show the differences if anyone is interested.
Peter,

Thanks. I have had a lot of practice and the effective 210mm WD helps.

A tip: If you shoot a portrait at 45 degrees, you can't have the near eye and both antennae sharp because of the geometry

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Peter,

I'm fairly sure that your bee is the early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa.

That orange tip to the abdomen is the clue. One I have not knowingly seen.

It is the host for Nomada ruficornis.

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Harold, you are a mine of information. I have been looking and a number of things point to the ID being probable. So I will add the information to my picture. Thank you.

I wish I had put a small coin down next to it as you lose the size without any scale info. The sources say 8mm-10mm which feels right, mine was probably at the small end of those.

I will be keeping an eye out for more things of interest and to ID. I enjoy reading up about them and filling in my knowledge about them.
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Thanks. I have had a lot of practice and the effective 210mm WD helps.

A tip: If you shoot a portrait at 45 degrees, you can't have the near eye and both antennae sharp because of the geometry

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Most of my practice has been butterflies, which I have reared and handled since my earliest memories, certainly pre school. So I am always astonished by people saying they can't approach insects.

On damselflies I have always tried to capture the whole insect. But head shots seem to be an interesting venture. Last year I looked for adult emergence which was hard.

What is the lens to insect WD of your Kiron then? I was assuming it was a 'normal' macro lens.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread


Common Blue Damsel
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A recently emerged, teneral Common Blue damselfly. Nice shiny wings. At last the damsels are choosing suitably artistic perches.
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Harold, you have done very well to get that close head on. I must have a try. I saw several damsels yesterday most teneral so that stops me recognising them without reference to my books. I must see if there are any suitable to share.

The tenerals are very jumpy so will be better in a week or so.

I have been enjoying using the Canon 100macro lens. But some were definitely on Olympus telephoto. Happy to show the differences if anyone is interested.
Yeah why not show us what camera is that on?
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Harold, you are a mine of information. I have been looking and a number of things point to the ID being probable. So I will add the information to my picture. Thank you.

I wish I had put a small coin down next to it as you lose the size without any scale info. The sources say 8mm-10mm which feels right, mine was probably at the small end of those.

I will be keeping an eye out for more things of interest and to ID. I enjoy reading up about them and filling in my knowledge about them.
There are som many things out that there that I have not seen or shot so I keep looking.

I also keep learning and have seen more invertebrates in that last two years than I have in the previous 46.
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What is the lens to insect WD of your Kiron then? I was assuming it was a 'normal' macro lens.
WD at maximum magnification (FOV 17.5mm on m4/3) is 130mm, 35mm less if I pull out the retractable hood. I don't use the hood in most circumstances as the front element is recessed by over 10mm.

For a Large Red with a bit of space around it (FOV 40mm) WD is around 240-250mm.

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A recently emerged, teneral Common Blue damselfly. Nice shiny wings. At last the damsels are choosing suitably artistic perches.
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Very nice. Did you rotate it 90 degrees?

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Very nice. Did you rotate it 90 degrees?

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I cropped it a little bit more than usual and rotated it by about 15 degrees to avoid a horrible out of focus bramble stem. But it wasn't hanging vertically.

This is the original....



I usually take a series as I get closer until I fill the frame. This time it was in the brambles and dead stuff so getting closer didn't work.
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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.
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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.
I fancy getting a 75-300mm lens to use alongside my macro lens
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here is a handheld 2 shot stack done photoshop of a sleeping bee

E-M1 and sigma 105 f2.8

Sleeping nomad bee stack by Alf Branch, on Flickr

I did intend to try in camera stacking with the 60mm but I forgot the quick release plate for the tripod but I reckon the wind would have been an issue.
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Coincidentally, I've just put mine up for sale.

It had little use as I bought my 40-150 & MC-14 shortly after purchasing the MZ 75-300.

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Here is a handheld 2 shot stack done photoshop of a sleeping bee

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Sleeping nomad bee stack by Alf Branch, on Flickr

I did intend to try in camera stacking with the 60mm but I forgot the quick release plate for the tripod but I reckon the wind would have been an issue.
That's an excellent shot, very well taken.

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Here is a handheld 2 shot stack done photoshop of a sleeping bee
Saw it first on my ipad and thought it was fantastic. i have logged in (eventually I will log in via ipad too) to tell you so. a really good stack.
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