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Old Jul 23, 2014, 4:34 PM   #1
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I.ve had this camera a couple of years, but haven't tried any close-ups with it. First attempts. Only found one cooperative insect.
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Old Jul 23, 2014, 4:35 PM   #2
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Another angle, not a real good one...
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Old Jul 23, 2014, 4:40 PM   #3
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And the last one...
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Very nice macro shot of this busy bee! Well done!
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Thank you for the kind words.
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Hi Robert.

I think these are the first close-up shots I have ever seen from you. Keep them coming.

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Old Aug 3, 2014, 10:26 AM   #7
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Hi Jim, thanks for the look and kind comment. I actually did a few close-ups back in 2009, I think. They turned out quite well. I was using my Sony A300 and the Tamron 70-300, and my Minolta 70-210 "Beercan". I haven't posted any in the last few years, but I like doing close-ups. Will try to do some more.

edit: Here's my first attempts at close-ups in 2009. Haha.

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Well, I went back out and shot another one. I don't know what these guys are, but this one appears to have a smaller bug in his mouth. When I got back inside, I noticed the AF settings were all over the place, as was the metering. So I changed the AF to spot, and the metering to center-weight, so we will see what happens. This pic was shot before the adjustments.
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Robert, these are wasps, of which there are many - don't know for sure, but these may be one of the Scoliid wasps, which are parasitic on the larvae of other insects. Your old shots weren't bad at all, but these are great.

There is still a background noise problem in the second one, which was difficult to get out with the usual simple tools. To bring out the photo's true potential, I took the liberty of filtering it with the Topaz DeNoise plugin in PSE, and applying a small amount of additional sharpening. I hope you don't mind.

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The difference is amazing! After seeing your reply, I looked at Topaz' web site. I didn't know they made so many different "tools". I wanted to try the denouse plugin for free, but ended up with the whole bunch. Obviously, I won't buy them all, but I am going to purchase the denoise first. Do you have any of the others?
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