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Old May 18, 2010, 3:24 PM   #1
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Default A few macro shots

Just wanted to share a few of my catch for the last two days.
(all taken during midday break at work)

The setup is the same as last, K20d, kiron 105mm, two holga flashes at 180 mounted on the front of the lens, handheld.

andrena carantonica (didn't find an English name)

f11 - iso140 - 1/90sec

Scorpionfly (wish I could get a better shot of these, but somehow they never work with me )

f11 - iso280 - 1/125sec

speckled wood (ready for launch)

f11 - iso200 - 1/125sec

bluetailed damselfly
found him resting on a dandelion, some (a lot) of crawling was involved.

f9.5 - iso200 - 1/125sec

I had to get closer

f9.5 - iso280 - 1/125sec

Some observations:
  • Shutter speeds faster than 1/125sec are not possible with this setup, propably because the wireless flash transmitter has to much time lag.
    Faster speeds are not really needed because the flash is doing the exposure and that is 1/1000sec.
  • Aperture is mostly between f8 and f11, this because the dof is large enough and higher f stops make for less sharper results.
    I mostly try to get the f11, but will go to f8 to get more light.
  • Iso is between 100 and 280 - it's an easy way to get enough light without having to change the aperture.

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Absolutely outstanding Ronny - fabulous ! I particularly like the Scorpionfly (never even heard of it before never mind seen one) and the last shot of the dragonfly. That Kiron (in your hands) is a killer !

The only (minute) CC I can offer is to PS out the reflection of the flash in the eyes.

Just brilliant.
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Fantastic Ronny,
The scorpionfly is really something. another first for me. Thanks
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these look great ronny!
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Spectacular macros rhermans , Could you please repost in macro shootout thread?
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Awesome shots! (as expected)

Never seen that scorpionfly before either, very interesting critter! that bee is called a mining bee over here, not to be confused with the more colourful tawny mining bee I posted a few weeks back.

Gorgeous close-up of the damselfly, I spotted one the other day during lunch, but he was "on a mission" as they say, and zoomed off over a bush just as I noticed him.
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Absolutely outstanding Ronny - fabulous ! I particularly like the Scorpionfly (never even heard of it before never mind seen one) and the last shot of the dragonfly. That Kiron (in your hands) is a killer !

The only (minute) CC I can offer is to PS out the reflection of the flash in the eyes.

Just brilliant.
Thanks for the great remarks,

the problem with the reflection is that it contains some detail that you can't seen unless zoomed in

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Fantastic Ronny,
The scorpionfly is really something. another first for me. Thanks
Thanks GW,

I'm still trying to get a descent shot where you can really see the scorpion like tail standing up.

It's not a stringer as with a scorpion but the mail reproductive organs.
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Spectacular macros rhermans , Could you please repost in macro shootout thread?
Thanks Chess,

really like the idea behind the shootout thread, so I added some shots with different lenses there.

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