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Old Jun 29, 2006, 12:09 AM   #1
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Caught these guys on my patio last night. No natural light, just the patio bulb and external flash. As you can see, the damselfly was quite friendly.

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Old Jun 29, 2006, 12:13 AM   #2
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This bottle fly (at least that what I think he is) was upside down on the patio ceiling. I was standing on a chair with camera overhead. Good thing the FZ-30 has the swivel screen!


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Old Jun 29, 2006, 12:14 AM   #3
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And finally a little closer.


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Old Jun 29, 2006, 1:44 AM   #4
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Sick shots man, wow! The detail in the eyes on the 3rd shot is amazing. You own a DCR-150 right?
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 9:52 AM   #5
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Thanks, Treed!

I bought both the DCR-150 and 250. These were taken with the 250 and then cropped a bit to get in even closer.

I need some better bugs though. We're in the middle of a long drought here and I think it's effecting the insect population. I don't see ladybugs and aphids and caterpillars like I would normally find in the yard.
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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Right on man. Yeah I hear ya, the bugs aren't out here a lot either... it's hot and dry. I'm hoping I can still get some good shots in.
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Geez, you're leaving me in the dust with these wonderful macros. If I can do fairly well with the DCR-150, I might opt later for the 250. Speaking of the drought, I had just mentioned it in a post to Sandhills photos of Valley of Fire. They are beautiful, would like go to go out that way some day.

Keep up the great work, the fly has all eyes on you.

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Old Jun 29, 2006, 3:32 PM   #8
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Thanks, Jerry. Some of it is just luck, but I'm really enjoying this area of photography. I find I'm using the 250 more, but that's only because I'm only finding really small subjects.

I guess I could expand my horizons and photograph non-living things. At the macro level, even usually boring objects can be pretty interesting. Plus, they don't hop away right before you hit the shutter release. :-)


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Old Jun 29, 2006, 3:57 PM   #9
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Wow! Very very amazing!!
What settings were you using taking those shots? Especially the 2nd and 3rd pics?
What shutter and Aperture (sp.) rate were you using?
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 5:13 PM   #10
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Thanks for the kind words, misbehave.

All three pictures were taken with these settings.

Aperture:f 11.0
ISO:80
Shutter speed:1/30 s

I set the camera in Aperture Priority and lock it in at f 11.0 to get the most DOF I can. Because of the external flash, the shutter is locked at 1/30 s.
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