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Old Aug 23, 2009, 6:58 PM   #11
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 9:38 PM   #12
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The wasp in John's picture is the same species as the one that I encountered and snapped the picture of above. It was about 2 inches long at least not curled up like it was. I have some serious wasp spray that knocked this one down immediately, otherwise it would have been a bigger problem.

Anyway, if I didn't say so before, Scott your shots are very nice.
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not my image thank god but this little (well not so little) beasty trumps pretty much all insect life - japanese giant hornets



as this is my first post here should really say hi, the humming bird shots are really nice - love the one in flight - bet you needed alot of patience to get those shots - been tring to get some shots of buzzards lately but having spectularily bad luck

Welcome to the forum John P. looking forward to seeing some Photos from you.
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Old Aug 24, 2009, 9:30 PM   #14
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Thats one huge fly indeed, and lovely hummingbirds.
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Hi Rodney,

Thanks! -- I saw another of the Horse flies today, but it was less than half the size (more "normal" -- but still a big honker)


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I really like the third one. The way it just hovers there.
And, that fly! Yikes! 2"! Shivers down my spine just thinking of a fly that large.
Hi Patty,

That's my favorite also -- really just a lucky shot, the only from a series of 3 that wasn't totally motion blurred.

I was totally freaked out by that fly -- spent most of the rest of my time there looking over my shoulder. . .

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Great images, love those little birds, and a nice shot of a "black horse fly"

"This horse fly is a blood feeder, slashing the hide of the animal and sponging blood from the wound." Don't think that shotgun is a bad idea.
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Hi Ronny,

Thanks!!

It's really reassuring to know that it's a blood feeder! Now I'll really be looking over my shoulder. . .

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Scott, these are great compositions..especially like the one feeding from the flower. Re. the color of the male, on some of the images, the colors on these images look somewhat hazy & pale on my monitor...almost as if the've been shot through a hazy glass...not sure if it is your images or my monitor.
Hi jelpee,

The colors are subdued -- it was pretty dark overcast for most of them -- bordering on thunderstorm dark -- I was about 10 feet away from the door of the Nature Center, so I wasn't too worried -- I had every confidence in the WR of my K20 and K-7 bodies, but neither of my FA*300s are weather sealed, and I'm more than a touch paranoid about getting them wet.

I usually prefer less vivid colors and contrast, and set up my cameras in "natural" with -1 or 2 in both saturation and contrast, but actually boosted both a bit in these.

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Scott... they weren't perhaps shooting a Sci Fi movie close by....
Hi GW,

I actually looked around to make sure there wasn't a kid with a remote controller anywhere around. . .

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Alright, time for a battle royal, your fly vs my wasp:
Hi Mike,

About the last thing I intended was to start a monster bug war! "My" fly has the obvious "Dark Vader" look as a psychological advantage though. . .


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Scott - the feathers on hummingbird gorgets have structural colors, and not pigments. Think of them as bearing little prisms that reflect different colors - or none at all - depending on the direction of the light falling on them. Bring your flash - it should help. Otherwise you seem to be getting the hang of it.

There looks like there might be a tinge of blue in the gorget of #5 - hummingbirds sometimes stray into the East and Midwest, but Black-chins and Costa's - (the ones that show blue in the Gorget) are not likely in Chicago.

And you are lucky that that horsefly wasn't hungry - only the females bite - and painfully too - (like female mosquitos they need a blood meal to lay eggs), and that one is a female! Those horseflies only occur in eastern North America, so they are one thing I haven't missed by moving West.
Hi penolta,

I was hoping that you'd chime in. I know next to nothing about HBs, so everything is something new for me. . . You're right about the colors. In the very diffused and pretty dim light, all of them looked gray/black and white, but showed some color when the light hit them at the right angle. Yesterday, I had some bright sunlight, but only saw the bright colors momentarily when the light was right. With one of the males, it looked pretty much black and gray, but I was able to get a couple of shots where there were copper metallic patches at the sides of his neck, and I saw his throat flash bright red in the VF a couple of times (which means that I obviously missed getting shots of these times)

I can see that I've got a pretty long way to go before I learn enough to get competent at shooting these guys. It'll take quite a bit of experimentation before I even know what lenses are going to do the best. . . I could go long to try to get fine detail, but that means more time to acquire and focus, and less time to shoot. I could use fast lenses, to get shutter times down, but will I ever really be able to freeze the wings. . . or do totally blurred wings look better (I'm inclined to think the latter, for most shots.) Am I better off using a tripod, or handholding. . .and then there's flash. . .

That's just great -- not only are they monster big, and blood feeders, but there's painful biting as a possibility. . . I feel a lot better now. . .

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not my image thank god but this little (well not so little) beasty trumps pretty much all insect life - japanese giant hornets

as this is my first post here should really say hi, the humming bird shots are really nice - love the one in flight - bet you needed alot of patience to get those shots - been tring to get some shots of buzzards lately but having spectularily bad luck
Hi John,

Welcome to the forum!!! and thanks for the compliment.

It wouldn't bother me a bit to see some buzzard shots. I've seen enough monster bugs to last me quite a while. . .

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his fly, your wasp !!!!! i got both..
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great shots scott
Hi Roy,

Thanks!!

I've obviously created something of a monster with the fly shot. . . I think I'll stick with birds for the most part from now on. . .

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The wasp in John's picture is the same species as the one that I encountered and snapped the picture of above. It was about 2 inches long at least not curled up like it was. I have some serious wasp spray that knocked this one down immediately, otherwise it would have been a bigger problem.

Anyway, if I didn't say so before, Scott your shots are very nice.
Hi Mike,

Thanks!!
As much as I'm concerned with the environment, I have to say that I'd be sorely tempted to use nuclear weapons against really big bugs . . . they really freak me out. . .

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Old Aug 25, 2009, 6:23 AM   #15
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Scott -

Some great photos (both of the little birds and the big fly!) I especially like the one at the flower - great composition - but all are really fine!

John -

Welcome to the forums! Hope to see some of your photos soon. By the way, I posted a buzzard shot recently here - here's the link:
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