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Old Sep 6, 2008, 9:43 PM   #1
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I actually got up early this morning and took a hike with the K20d and the Kiron 105mm macro. Some of the shots below were among the best I got and some probably would have been in the recycle bin except for the fact I caught them in flight.

Sweat Bee Agapostemon splendens

Syrphid Fly taking off


Another honey bee:

Not the greatest focus, but this pretty small robber fly had just nailed another fly in mid air:

Some other kind of fly:


And one more Sweat Bee:

Thanks for looking,

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Old Sep 6, 2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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Wow! That first one is great. As are the others.

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Old Sep 6, 2008, 11:12 PM   #3
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Those are great, nice eye!

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Old Sep 6, 2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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They are wonderful! I'm very impressed - these are so much better than any picture I've ever managed, and with a manual focus lens, too. You should be with these!
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Can only agree with Harriets judgement. Fabulous!

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Old Sep 7, 2008, 9:28 AM   #6
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These are all spectacular.
#2 really intrigues me. The way you captured the fly with the foliage in the X shaped background and the fly in a matching pose! Great stuff.
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Old Sep 7, 2008, 9:35 AM   #7
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Tim, these are all amazing! Congratulations.

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Old Sep 7, 2008, 4:15 PM   #8
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Only someone with lots of stake-out experience would have the patience to wait for opportunities like these! :G And they are a lot smaller than dragonflies and butterflies, too, but at least they hover!
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Old Sep 7, 2008, 7:45 PM   #9
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These are all incredible! The detail is amazing. I think you may have created a new genre of photos here!

Hope you don't mind asking some questions:

1. With the 105mm macro, how far away were you from the subjects?

2. Exif shows a small aperture and slower shutter speed...were these hand held with SR in use?

3. What kind of flash did you use (i.e. pop up or external)...and how did you end upwith the wings in motion with the use of a flash:?

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Old Sep 7, 2008, 8:40 PM   #10
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Wow! Someone as weird as me! I'm not the only one standing around taking pictures of bugs. :lol:

Great collection of shots. Thanks for sharing!
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