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Old Oct 5, 2010, 5:39 PM   #11
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You officially have the best job in the world (to me)

Love those paper wasps, and the milkweed bugs and the dragonflies and... and... and... *brain meltdown*
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Old Oct 5, 2010, 5:48 PM   #12
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superb macros. another great series, Mole
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 6:28 AM   #13
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Chris - You are too kind! Glad you liked these. To answer your questions - I do not own any external flash. If I recall correctly, all of these were done using existing light (maybe one or two with built-in flash for supplement?). As for lenses, have several of those! Most of these were done with the Pentax A 35-105 F3.5 and a Raynox 150. The skipper on the aster and the female dragonfly were with the Tamron 18-250. The Monarch was with the Pentax A 70-210 F4. The tiny caterpillar was with the Sigma 105 Macro. And the male dragonfly was taken with the Sigma 70-300 APO.
Whew - that's too many lenses!!

Biro - Thanks for your kind words! Sorry about the loss of exif data, data was not stripped before uploading, must have been lost somewhere in the process... To anwer your lens question, see my response to Bock/Chris above.

GW - Thanks so much. Actually have not been using the Sigma 105 much lately. Trying to keep from carrying too many lenses at one time out on the trail...

Dustin - Thanks for your kind & very specific input!!

Tachikoma - Indeed I am blessed with a great job (and even better location)! Thanks so much!

NMR - Thanks - glad you liked these!
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 7:26 AM   #14
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Mole , Thanks for the lens count down! I was going to guess that alot of those were in natural light. Now for another question. I am not familiar with many lenses thus my question. Are your zoom lenses variable aperature or ar they fixed? And was the pentax A 35-105 the only one you used the raynox with ? Thanks, chris
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 7:43 AM   #15
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Those are great, I love the color and detail! Around here after a fairly heavy frost, most flowers are gone and cool fall days are on the way.

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Old Oct 6, 2010, 7:52 AM   #16
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Really great shots.
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 12:47 PM   #17
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That's a really beautiful series Mole.

Too many fine shots to quote them one by one but your compositional skills are superb.

My father is visiting me and brought over about 10kgs of books I'd ordered off Amazon with him (heavy load - thanks Dad !). Including 2 books on dragonflies inc. Dragonflies of the World by Jill Silsby. So hopefully in future I'll be able to identify my own dragons & damsels !
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 1:26 PM   #18
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Fantastic series Mole, you've done it again. All outstanding shots!

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Old Oct 6, 2010, 9:01 PM   #19
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Wonderful shots as always Mole. Thanks again for bringing me along on your latest hike.
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Old Oct 8, 2010, 12:09 AM   #20
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Wonderful! And, this may not be the same plant, but the one you call horsetail plant, we used to call something similar "poppers" because when you broke them they popped. Thanks for the childhood memories.

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