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    Posted: 19 June 2020 at 21:04
A few from this afternoon. I was hoping to shoot some in flight, but #! was my best attempt. Obviously sitting ducks are easier targets

#1



#2



#3



#4



#5



#6



#7


#8



All with A99ii + Sigma 2.8/105mm EX DG Macro HSM OS, handheld (and most are cropped)
TFL. C&C welcome as usual.

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I really like #1. The other are fine flee and bee pictures, but #1 really stand out, also because of that shadow.

TFS
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#1 is indeed a super capture

I'd like to see #3 as a square photo I think, like the shot but not sure portrait works so well there

do like #7's shadow too

I know some bee-like bugs sometimes let you get quite close (ignore you) but a fly! They tend to be a bit more alert and buzz off ... and dragonflies/damsel are sometimes very approachable. Butterflies I seem to remember flying off a lot.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I really like #1. The other are fine flee and bee pictures, but #1 really stand out, also because of that shadow.

TFS

Thanks Addy. They were just a few quick shots in the backyard. I had no intention to shoot masterpieces only
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

#1 is indeed a super capture

I'd like to see #3 as a square photo I think, like the shot but not sure portrait works so well there

do like #7's shadow too

I know some bee-like bugs sometimes let you get quite close (ignore you) but a fly! They tend to be a bit more alert and buzz off ... and dragonflies/damsel are sometimes very approachable. Butterflies I seem to remember flying off a lot.


Thanks!
I agree the shadows make the shots in #1 and 7.

#3 was a bit of an easy way out. I had to crop it already, and making it square would evne furhter reduce the size. It tried it then, but on top of the size issue, the leaf at the bottom was very disturbing in my eyes. Fiste attemps (in LR) were not satisfactorily, so I deciced to go for the portrait size.

However, you made me think and try again . Thanks for challenging me!

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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

... #3 was a bit of an easy way out. I had to crop it already, and making it square would evne furhter reduce the size. It tried it then, but on top of the size issue, the leaf at the bottom was very disturbing in my eyes. Fiste attemps (in LR) were not satisfactorily, so I deciced to go for the portrait size
However, you made me think and try again . Thanks for challenging me!


this new version of #3 looks amazing!
I think it is as much about the complimentary background colors**
focus is spot on from left legs to bug centre line
with the far (right) wing out of focus

** the shot on white above (#5) is crisp and I tend to really like big chunks of white, but oddly the white area on that detracts a little for me and I prefer the orangey look of #3 (even though green would be the color to expect)
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Ordinary insects, but pretty well captured. #1, 5 and 6 look special, great work Fred .
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Originally posted by MichelvA MichelvA wrote:

Ordinary insects, but pretty well captured. #1, 5 and 6 look special, great work Fred .

Thanks Michele!
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

... #3 was a bit of an easy way out. I had to crop it already, and making it square would evne furhter reduce the size. It tried it then, but on top of the size issue, the leaf at the bottom was very disturbing in my eyes. Fiste attemps (in LR) were not satisfactorily, so I deciced to go for the portrait size
However, you made me think and try again . Thanks for challenging me!


this new version of #3 looks amazing!
I think it is as much about the complimentary background colors**
focus is spot on from left legs to bug centre line
with the far (right) wing out of focus

** the shot on white above (#5) is crisp and I tend to really like big chunks of white, but oddly the white area on that detracts a little for me and I prefer the orangey look of #3 (even though green would be the color to expect)

Thanks! The backgrounds were more or less as they came.
The orangey is in fact a brick wall in bokeh disguise
The white background is an excaggerated highlight area.

Edited by Fred_S - 22 June 2020 at 20:26
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I really like insect pictures and my favorite one is the first one. That's not an easy thing to capture.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 June 2020 at 20:28
Thanks Winston! I was sitting comfortably on a chair in the garden trying to capture them in flight. It was easier against this backgroud than to catch them between the plants and leafs. The shadow was a good bonus
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