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Old Mar 12, 2010, 3:06 AM   #1
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Default Macro Shots with FZ35 of the Praying Mantis

Found one of these in my kitchen last night.Some closeups of the Praying Mantis
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 8:04 AM   #2
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Very nicely done, Paul-

#3 is my favorite in the group.

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Old Mar 12, 2010, 9:45 AM   #3
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I think I like the POV of #3, too.

Hope you let him outside when you were done!
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Snap, Crackle, POP - How was lunch?
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Old Mar 13, 2010, 9:26 AM   #5
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Nice! We had one drop in for dinner when we were on a houseboat on the Okavango Panhandle lest year. I got some nice shots.
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Default A Honey bee..

I am not able to get the bee alone in the full frame. Can you guide what could be proper setting for a Micro shot like this.
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by the way, that was a crop of the picture that I took. I am interested in capturing the Bee alone. Does size of the subject matter ?

I tried, Macro mode in the dial, and even iA.
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I've some bright morning sun coming into the room but the picture looks pretty good on my monitor.
I'm new and learning myself but I'll take a stab at this - It sounds like you had more in your picture than you wanted to see (which the crop took care of so we don't see this); zooming in and/or getting closer will tighten up the framing. With my FZ35, using a tripod if possible, I'd start with P Mode on the AF Macro setting. I'd also try the AF Macro setting in A Mode to play with the depth of field: a lower aperture number (larger opening) will give you less DOF and work to blur the background, where-as to achieve more DOF, increasing the f-stop number (smaller aperture opening) will get more in focus throughout the image.

Others will chime in and add to this or correct me if I'm wrong!

Careful with that subject - I'd much rather have a Bee sting!
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Old Mar 13, 2010, 5:45 PM   #9
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That wasp looks very sharp to me, good job! Here's the mantis, it landed on my wine glass. Its a lot duller than your lovely green bug but I think it makes for an interesting shot. I find with Macro that I either have to get the camera really close to the subject and use the wide end, or be at least a metre away in order to use the tele macro function. But that might be different with the later models- not sure?:



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Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80) Aperture: f/3.6 Focal Length: 30.6 mm ISO Speed: 100 Exposure Bias: -33/100 EV Flash: Flash fired, auto mode

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