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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 November 2007 at 21:35
@eccles : dragonfly shots are spectacular. Did you use AF or MF and did you have to discard many unsharp ones ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 November 2007 at 22:03
Well done eccles, with a lens that one doesn't necessarily associate with those kind of shots.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2007 at 04:28
@eccles, great wonderful job! :D
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2007 at 19:06
Many thanks all. Much appreciated.
@Pegelli, I tried using AF but couldn't get a quick enough lock on the dragonflies so tried MF and started to do better. I was shooting for about half an hour before getting the southern hawker cruising past. Shots taken before and after don't match this one. The second one, the migrant hawker, was learned from the experience gained from the first and shot with MF. This one made it easy though as it hovered for several seconds, enough time for me to focus on the eyes. And yes, there were lots of discards in both cases. Isn't digital brilliant?
The butterflies were shot with AF. The speckled wood was quite easy and I was able to run off several snaps trying different positions. The brimstone was feeding from plant to plant and I had to chase it for around fifteen minutes.
This sort of combo, a telezoom with a c/u filter is good for butterflies as you can shoot from a respectable distance away and you don't have the weight of the longer true macros. Or the expense for that matter.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2007 at 21:13
Now that is scary, i have braved many things to get a shot, and tried to get one of a blood sucking mozzie, I even got close enough to hold my arm out in an infested forrest, but two of them landed in quick sucession, and when the second one landed it just got tooooooo much and they both felt the palm of my other hand, and the shivers down my spine, eughhhhhh.

Something (thankfully for me) not insect related, except that maybe smoke helps keep them away.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2007 at 22:18
Brilliant capture, Tim.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2007 at 22:22
It is. Interesting shot too, Tim. How did you set it up?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2007 at 12:06
Thanks stiuskr, i am glad you like it, it took a whole bunch of work.
eccles, it was a simple set up, a ring flash and a slave flash to light the match its self, the background a long way away, and the match held in a clamp. then lit with another match from behind so as i had time to press the shutter. It took about 4 small boxes of matches berfor i had the exposure right and the burn right, mostly getting the burn right so as it started from behind and worked its way round, still with a big flame and not burnt out.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2007 at 18:07
Thanks for the explanation, Tim. I didn't think it was easy. That's a lot of matches!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2007 at 19:18
I was playing around today with my Minolta Auto Bellows III and my 25mm Micro Bellows lens with the M-1 adapter.
The subject is the backside of a 2005 US nickel.
These letters are about 1mm tall on the nickel.
f/11 about 6 or 7 second exposure


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2007 at 23:35
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2007 at 02:07
Great shots guys, and ain't that a fine example of selective DOF in jagged's last.
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Biosymetry - Minolta 35-70 Macro mode (1:4)


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