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Goldwinger May 19, 2010 3:55 PM

Well. here is one I took last evening. I actually went into the house to get my camera when I spotted a dragonfly posing on my boat trailer. after getting a few shot of him, he took off and this wasp came in to take his place.
Taken with the K20d, Tamron sp 90mm and Vivitar 2X focusing macro TC. And 540
flash

http://goldwinger.zenfolio.com/img/v6/p604980217-4.jpg

Frogfish May 19, 2010 3:59 PM

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Here are a few from today. I loved the bokeh from the spider shot hence it's inclusion.
I don't know what the green bug is, but it can really jump ! It is about 2 to 3 cms long with those antennae about 4 inches long !!!

Frogfish May 19, 2010 4:03 PM

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My dog waiting patiently (whilst I take the shots above) for another game of 'ball' after having running her legs off the first time !

Frogfish May 19, 2010 4:08 PM

There are some wonderful shots in this thread !

I tried adding a Raynox 250 to a M42 CZJ 135 MC Sonnar to day and that gives a very nice 6 - 8 inches working distance but very small DoF !

penolta May 19, 2010 4:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Frogfish (Post 1096453)
I don't know what the green bug is, but it can really jump ! It is about 2 to 3 cms long with those antennae about 4 inches long !!!

It is an early instar of what will probably grow up to be a Katydid. Good capture!

Frogfish May 19, 2010 4:43 PM

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Originally Posted by penolta (Post 1096463)
It is an early instar of what will probably grow up to be a Katydid. Good capture!

Thank you Penolta - you sent me off to Google to see what I could find, maybe it's a long horned katydid (called bush crickets in the UK) as not all Katydids have such long antennae. Not sure - can't find much on Chinese Katydids !

Goldwinger May 19, 2010 7:24 PM

Just wanted to make a couple comments...
Ronny, when I grow up, I want to be just like you.
Those shots are fabulous, especially the grasshopper!

Kevin, Nice work. I like the last one best.
Good looking dog you have there too!

snostorm May 20, 2010 12:17 AM

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Hi All,

I'll play. . . I got these today in a little flower garden that one of the older ladies in my complex keeps. I'm not sure of the IDs -- any corrections would be welcome -- I don't know that much about insects and spiders. All with the K-7, Sigma EX 180/3.5 Macro, F 1.7x AFA. The flash used in #2 is the Metz 15 MS1.

#1 is a Crane Fly. It was hanging from some leaves very tightly, and was there the whole time I was shooting. I messed up the angle, and one of the front legs obscures the head. This was natural light.

#2 is a Hover Fly, shot with the flash. These guys don't stay still long. I got a couple of HFIF shots, but they didn't come out as well as I'd hoped.:mad:

#3 is an unidentified spider. I'm finding how hard it is to ID these guys on the web, though there's a lot of information. . . I'll have to get some books. . .I tried to time a shot when it was shooting silk strands in different directions, and got lucky with this one -- it's barely visible at this size. This is also natural light.

Scott

Chesslanka May 20, 2010 5:49 AM

Wonderful shots everyone :),
@froggy..love the bokeh spider shot very much
@goldfish.. What a wasp :)
@sno..Love the bee, maybe you could touchup the spider?

I wonder if a admin/mod can make this a sticky? I've seen many shots upto now from some legendary lenses :)

penolta May 20, 2010 1:03 PM

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#3 is an unidentified spider. I'm finding how hard it is to ID these guys on the web, though there's a lot of information. . . I'll have to get some books. . .I tried to time a shot when it was shooting silk strands in different directions, and got lucky with this one -- it's barely visible at this size. This is also natural light.

Scott

Great shots, Scott. Spiders with the first two pairs of legs held together and conspicuously longer than the rear ones are usually some kind of crab spider, althoug I have never seen this particular one before. Here are a couple of shots of one that I got last year with the K20D and the Tamron 70-300 LD Macro (unfortunately its legs are folded up so you can't see how long they are):

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