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  • #91
    Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

    Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
    Here is a butterfly shot in a mountain pass in Corsica and a pair of Ringlet Butterflies mating in my garden.

    Harold
    Thank you for posting these Harold.

    I would suggest a Mallow Skipper, and a nice fresh one. All of the brown colours work well to produce that warm glow. Nice picture.

    You are lucky to be able to photograph ringlets in your garden, however, looking at the habitat I think you must work to make it an attractive place for butterflies.

    Hope you have some more for us.

    kind regards
    Peter (Art Frames)

    You can see some of my things on Flickr

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    • #92
      Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

      Thanks, Peter.

      Yes, we allow much of our garden to be semi-wild. The grass is cut infrequently and wild flowers such as Ragwort are tolerated as insect food.

      Harold
      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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      • #93
        Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

        stunning images, what lenses are you using, I have tried the 60mm macro and 75-300 mk2 but can't get images this good and with the 75-300 you can't get very close?

        Roger

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        • #94
          Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

          Originally posted by Lakota View Post
          stunning images, what lenses are you using, I have tried the 60mm macro and 75-300 mk2 but can't get images this good and with the 75-300 you can't get very close?

          Roger
          Thanks, I am assuming the question is addressed to me.

          The first was with the 4/3 70-300mm, at 300mm, via an adapter. The second was with my default lens, a Vivitar Series 1, aka Kiron, 105mm macro.

          Here is one of a Ringlet portrait via a Printing Nikkor 105mm.

          Harold

          The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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          • #95
            Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

            Thank you very much Harold, I have seen some very good macro shots using the 60mm but not happy with my results, maybe its me or possibly a dud lens, I also have the four thirds 50-200 which is a tad heavy and also the 50mm macro, and the new pro lens 40-150mm do you use macro flash at all? I have some images in my gallery but can't figure out how to put them here, so if you have time could you take a look many thanks
            Roger

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            • #96
              Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

              Originally posted by Lakota View Post
              Thank you very much Harold, I have seen some very good macro shots using the 60mm but not happy with my results, maybe its me or possibly a dud lens, I also have the four thirds 50-200 which is a tad heavy and also the 50mm macro, and the new pro lens 40-150mm do you use macro flash at all? I have some images in my gallery but can't figure out how to put them here, so if you have time could you take a look many thanks
              Roger
              There is heavy and heavy. My Printing Nikkor 150 weighs 1.05kg. The whole setup, including camera with that is about 3.4kg.

              You can subtract something like 900g off that for the twin flash Printing Nikkor plus camera.

              Here are links to my setups:

              Kiron 105mm:
              http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820/25#13097146
              105mm Printing Nikkor
              http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820/25#13097035
              150mm Printing Nikkor:
              http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820/25#13213668

              Harold
              The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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              • #97
                Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                Not trying to be awkward Harold but is there a four thirds 30-300 lens or is that a typo for 70-300? If so I will have to get my old copy out as that is an impressive image.

                Ron

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                • #98
                  Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                  Originally posted by Olybirder View Post
                  Not trying to be awkward Harold but is there a four thirds 30-300 lens or is that a typo for 70-300? If so I will have to get my old copy out as that is an impressive image.

                  Ron
                  Thanks. I'll correct it.

                  Harold
                  The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                  • #99
                    Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                    Thanks Harold. As I said, I wasn't trying to be picky, I genuinely wasn't sure. The 70-300 is a very good lens. My main complaint with it is the loud whining noise as it focuses. The macro function is handy, though.

                    Ron

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                    • Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                      Originally posted by Olybirder View Post
                      Thanks Harold. As I said, I wasn't trying to be picky, I genuinely wasn't sure. The 70-300 is a very good lens. My main complaint with it is the loud whining noise as it focuses. The macro function is handy, though.

                      Ron
                      I found it did a good job on that Corsican butterfly session. However, I tried it, using AF, on some local damselflies this summer and found the AF to not always give sharp images, even at f11. I do better with manual focus lenses.
                      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                      • Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                        Following on from Harrold's close up shots here is something which may fascinate you like it did me.

                        When you get close to some butterfly eyes you will find they are hairy. The hairs are quite visible with a macro lens, as are the wing scales on the first picture. Just some species, not all have hairy eyes.

                        I am hoping Harrold or someone will have some more detailed pictures of wing scales using some microscopy techniques...macro only gets you partial details.

                        These were just hand held using the sigma 150mm macro. No flash.

                        But for now have a look at those hairy eyes and be grateful that we humans don't have something similar as we might need to shave our eyes! Mother nature obviously thought eyelids would suffice for us.



                        Peter (Art Frames)

                        You can see some of my things on Flickr

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                        • Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                          In the autumn sunshine just a few butterflies remain. Very special ones.


                          Comma butterfly amongst the blackberries
                          by Peter Willmott, on Flickr


                          late small copper, high in a sun trap
                          by Peter Willmott, on Flickr
                          Peter (Art Frames)

                          You can see some of my things on Flickr

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                          • Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                            This Migrant Hawker was perfectly happy with quite a lot of its wing lost. Made me think of those old bi-planes flying, having dog fights and then landing with damaged wings.

                            Perhaps the Red Baron came of worse this time



                            Post your pictures or I'll keep blathering on my own!
                            Peter (Art Frames)

                            You can see some of my things on Flickr

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                            • Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                              super shot Peter what lens please

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                              • Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

                                Originally posted by Lakota View Post
                                super shot Peter what lens please
                                It was the 40-150 pro with 1.4 tc on em5 mk2. A great combination which seldom leaves the camera at the moment. at 210mm f5.

                                thank you for your comment. please do join in.
                                Peter (Art Frames)

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