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Old Sep 17, 2011, 8:34 AM   #1
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these were taken from my last macro shoot last weekend, this is one of my favorite Predators in the woods, this first specimen is a fully grown Male Robberfly, and he's a BIG one, I thought the title was appropriate for THIS dude as he certainly IS quite the "bully" of the Forest :LOL: he was probably almost 3" in length and when he flew away he literally sounded like an old WWII airplane taking off :shock: he only let me get 2 shots of him while he was on that perch there, then he flew to the second perch which was above head level and allowed me to fire off 2 before he got tired of me and BUZZED me before taking off,, notice the large Proboscis ,, you all KNOW what thats used for


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Camera Canon EOS 40D
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 105 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash On, Fired


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Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 105 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash On, Fired

this shot is of a different variety of Robberfly, it looks similar to a shot Ive taken before but this was taken again last weekend,, notice the red eyes and quite different facial characteristics as well as different coloration on the legs, I wonder if this would be the female variety here, I tried to do some research but couldnt find any information on that,, typically I find this species somewhat hiding in the dark like this perched on a small stick, they are in prime hunting position here to make a quick attack and I mean QUICK attack too, these are AMAZINGLY agile and very fast in flight allowing them to be one amazing hunter

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Camera Canon EOS 40D
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 105 mm
ISO Speed 160
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash On, Fired

this is just a simple plant/droplet shot that I took while out there and thought I'd throw it in here

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Camera Canon EOS 40D
Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/13.0
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ISO Speed 400
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Old Sep 17, 2011, 8:55 AM   #2
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Those are really excellent macro shots Jim.

FL=105mm suggests you might be using a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 lens?
What kind of flash did you use?
Why can't I take great shots like this?
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Those are really excellent macro shots Jim.

FL=105mm suggests you might be using a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 lens?
What kind of flash did you use?
Why can't I take great shots like this?
Thank you corkpix,
yes indeed, these are all taken with the Sigma 105mm macro lens, Its a great lens, very sharp and reasonably priced
for flash I use a Canon 430ex off camera mounted on a Novoflex flash bracket, the flash is then diffused with a Lumiquest softbox with some additional diffusion material added inside
Thanks again for looking and commenting
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Those shots are killer, I can't believe the detail.
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Those shots are killer, I can't believe the detail.
Thank you lorenww,, I appreciate you looking and commenting !!
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Thank you corkpix,
yes indeed, these are all taken with the Sigma 105mm macro lens, Its a great lens, very sharp and reasonably priced
for flash I use a Canon 430ex off camera mounted on a Novoflex flash bracket, the flash is then diffused with a Lumiquest softbox with some additional diffusion material added inside
Thanks again for looking and commenting
Thanks for sharing the trade secrets Jim. I have the Sigma 105mm
and I agree that it is a very sharp lens. I have taken a few macro shots
using my 430EX II. This works well sometimes, but I have found that
the direct flash is not ideal for macro shots. Using the 'wide-panel'
diffuser and a bit of negative flash exposure compensation helps a
lot. Your shots are very well illuminated and they don't suffer from
the bright highlights I see on my direct flash shots.

Time to find a sharp knife and a 1L plastic milk bottle

Thanks again.
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yes, using direct flash is not ideal for macro as you are blasting directly into your subject and across your subject, with off camera flash I can position the flash above/left and shoot down onto my subject, thats much more ideal, then of course with the addition of the Lumiquest softbox it spreads the light and diffuses it nicely which helps eliminate hotspots and harsh shadows, I also added addition diffusion material INSIDE the softbox to further diffuse the light, you should really consider getting your flash "off camera" for better results here is a pic of my current macro rig,, the flash is usually lowered closer to the end of the lens and aimed down more


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.....here is a pic of my current macro rig,, the flash is usually lowered closer to the end of the lens and aimed down more
Thanks for that Jim.
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Just fantastic - the detail and clarity are outstanding. You remain an inspiration ....... if only I could get shots like that
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