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Old Nov 2, 2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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These aren't the greatest shots, but just some shots from the garden I thought were interesting together.

The lavender bush is always covered in bees.



I heard a loud buzzing behind me in a bush/tree. After moving a few brances out of the way I saw this!



The spider was eating the fly alive, well injecting it with venom I guess. It then started dragging the fly away and revealed the orange and black thing...

I *think* it used to be one of these below, but with its 'skin' removed! :?



A millipede




And finally some shots of the dragonfly yesterday (click for bigger versions)





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Great macros. Bummer for the fly. Looks like a gruesome end. *shiver*
Interestingly enough out of all those pics, I find my eye wandering back to the third pic. I really like the green branches that the bug is resting on. The way the light hits it, makes it glow. Also like the dragonfly eye macro. Was that your camera hood shadow from the flash?
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Good shots there. Love the 2 dragonfly ones. What setup were you using, esp to get so close.



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Thanks for the comments

I was using 65mm of extension tubes with a M 50mm 1.7 fully extended and the onboard flash.
So all in all the front element was about 10cm from the camera body, a bit too much for the onboard flash.
I guess I'll have to add an external flash to my 'I need' list :lol:



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you're right. the onboard has a prob with shooting thru solid objects. once you get an off camera flash you will love it.. i like the milipede the best.

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i can't see the 1st one..
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Yes, the millipide is a good catch. The portrait of the dragonfly is excellent to, so sharp and detailed. How close to you have to get to your subject with all of your extension tubes in place? I am finding dragonflies to be difficult because they spook so easily.

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Old Nov 4, 2006, 6:35 PM   #7
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For the dragonfly eye shot I would have been about 3cm away, so pretty close!
I managed to get quite a few shots before it took off.
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Great Images! I like the Dragonfly close-up best.
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Really nice - the dragonfly macro is wonderful. And I like the third one too, with the green to off-set whatever it is.
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Even though the shadow in the eye macro was unintended (I guess), it adds some kind of dramatic effect, IMO. Good work, naderb!

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