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Old Nov 25, 2010, 6:44 AM   #1
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Well, not so much "anti-macro" as macros of an ant... and a butterfly. One of my first attempts at this; used a monopod, early morning, very large ant (I think?).





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Old Nov 25, 2010, 7:10 AM   #2
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My guess on the first 2 would be some sort of wasp which resembles an ant. They're a bit out of focus but the eyes look pretty large. Most ants have very small eyes.

The 3rd one's focus is good. You may have to increase your shutter speed. It's hard to get sharp pictures if the shutter is too slow - especially on close ups if you are "zoomed" in.
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Thanks Clint, that sounds helpful. The shutter speed was quite slow - 1/30. I think you're right about the wasp too.

I've got some holidays coming up so I will make sure I pack the monopod and get some macro practice.
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Yeah, I'm not sure if it's an ant or wasp. It has wings and very long legs. It looks like the camera moved because everything is blurry. A monopod would help, but only if the bug stays still for you!!

The butterfly is cool, blends in very well into the tree.
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I'm no expert but it is moving into summer in the southern hemisphire, correct...? This
means that it could actually be an ant, as ant colonies expand during the warmer times
of the year... Typically, they send out a winged "Queen" (female) and many winged
"Drones" (males) to establish new colonies...

See here:
http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopEx...sts/flyant.htm

I've seen many winged ants in the summer time here... Also, in the second photo, it does look
like it has ant style "Pincers" near the mouth but hard to tell... Assuming I'm right, and judging
the size, I'd say that it could be a Drone...

Again, I'm no expert though and just guessing...
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1st and 2nd are indeed shaky, but the third one has nice colors
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Thank you for these distinctive pictures and high quality with success and in progress always
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G'day Mick

I note that you're using an FZ-40, but can't see any exif data with the images.
[ps- our household uses several FZ versions very successfully too]

Your images show 'pretty typical' macro issues of sharpness [lack of in places] and both subject & camera movement [and we all get that at times] - and as others ^^ have said "well done for an early attempt"

With the FZ, you will have noticed that as you zoom outwards, the closest focus distance moves outwards as well ... this can become a 'magical' find on occasions - imagine closeups with the lens at 600mm with you standing 1-1/2 metres from the subject! ... and 'yes' the monopod is essential for long-lens stuff like that

Conversely, for real-close-closeups the lens needs to be at 1x to 3x zoom, but for that to succeed, the subject is very close and for me, often takes flight as it is scared away

Just out of interest - your FZ 'will' accept an accessory lens called a 'close-up lens' and it screws directly onto the front of the lens just like the UV filter does. A close-up lens locks the focus into a specific distance from the camera and the huge advantage is that you still have full use of the zoom to alter image size, without the focus distance altering. If this interests you we can chat further

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