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First macro target achieved

Every year I like to start off with a few targets to achieve, just to add a bit of interest to my macro shooting.

An annual one is to get a few decent shots of a Dronefly about its business, including at least one reasonable flight shot

After this I can move on to more stupid targets (one this year is to get a Ladybird in flight! )

Here is my Dronefly sequence (shortened as I don't want to be a bore), look particularly at the attention it pays to its tongue, an amazing tool)

(One criticism I would make is that its almost impossible to get both the eye and the tongue absolutely sharp (maybe one day ) )













and I also managed to get it in flight, but a bit far above me so this is a hard crop (and it shows )



all with the EM-1, 60mm macro + metz macro flash at 1/32nd power. The main sequence shots are cropped by about 40% then resized for the web, the flight shot is a 100% crop not resized but given a bit of a work-over in LR5.3 as it was under-exposed
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Re: First macro target achieved

So Bugs In Flight is the new BIF - that's raising the bar quite a bit!

Wonderful sequence, much more than just a tick on your list of targets.
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Re: First macro target achieved

Thanks John, the Dronefly is an old friend which I have shot many times over the years so I don't consider it a great challenge but I suspect that the ladybird (and butterflies, which is another target for the year) in flight will be more so
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Re: First macro target achieved

Great shots brian. I must set myself a target and try to get one decent macro bug shot.
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Re: First macro target achieved

A few more flight shots, with the 75-300 at 300mm on the EM-5 this time. I couldn't go into the garden so these were shot through the conservatory window at 5ft - 8ft, wide open.

Because of the confusing background there was no way I could get focus lock even using the smallest centre point without roughly pre-focusing (probably + / - 3ft, so that the Hover was visible as a blur within the EVF.

Working like this was focus lock was more or less instantaneous (making sure the focus point was over the "blur") even though the "Hover" did nothing of the sort and just kept on patrolling.

Out of 6 frames I got 5 in focus and although I had to work at ISO1600 (the light was still bad because of the pollution, which is what kept me indoors) to keep the shutter speed up to 1/1000th sec and these are 100% unresized crops, I don't think they are too bad







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Re: First macro target achieved

Nice set Brian quite challenging to accomplish you did really well.
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Re: First macro target achieved

Considering what you were trying to do Brian I'd say they were bl**** brilliant. So birds not difficult enough for you now then
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Re: First macro target achieved

Great shots these make my hopes of getting Dumbo in flight look easy.
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Re: First macro target achieved

I am in awe
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Re: First macro target achieved

try using the 75-300 and the pre-focus techniques I suggested and you will find out it really isn't all that difficult (you just have to be mad to consider trying it, the camera takes over after that, just before the nice people in the white coats with that warm "Huggy Jacket" knock on the door )

It is more difficult when trying for a real close up with the macro lens but that is more about the initial framing and keeping track of the little buzzy things
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try using the 75-300 and the pre-focus techniques I suggested and you will find out it really isn't all that difficult (you just have to be mad to consider trying it, the camera takes over after that, just before the nice people in the white coats with that warm "Huggy Jacket" knock on the door )

It is more difficult when trying for a real close up with the macro lens but that is more about the initial framing and keeping track of the little buzzy things
They are super Brian. I messed around this morning with the 35mm Macro with limited success with locking onto the hoverflies in flight. I have a 70-300mm that I use on the E-520 using your "blur" technique. Nothing worth posting yet, but this morning I thought I was getting closer!
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Re: First macro target achieved

thanks Lyn, stick with it and share what you can do, I've no experience with the 4/3rds system but I can't see why it shouldn't work just as well as the m4/3rds version?
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Wow! Handsome beasts aren't they! That is quite an achievement Brian, great photography.
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Re: First macro target achieved

thanks Dave, the Drone fly is a lovely looking beastie but there are better.

The Hornet mimic hoverfly Volucella zonaria for example is a real cracker, its brightly coloured, large and sounds like a B29 bomber

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/specie...mimic-hoverfly
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