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Old Jun 5, 2010, 9:36 AM   #1
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Been lazy recently, taken loads of photo's, but not edited or uploaded any for a while. Been out with my son (half term) during the crazy hot weather, and I'm well and truly burned to a crisp. His mother has taken him to the beach today, and thankfully let me stay indoors to rest.

Apologies for the volume, found some rather cooperative common blue and blue-tail damselflies:

Common Blue:





Blue Tail





Not super happy with these, even thought lighting was perfect, just couldn't get them really sharp.

Found a wee jumping spider, so grabbed the DIY extension tube:







Not happy with these either, the camera was having a problem with exposure trying to balance the white wall with the almost entirely black spider.

Went to Bristol Zoo on Wednesday and had a quick visit to the butterfly and bug house, again, this old Soligor flashgun is becoming a liability, 10 minutes in there and only got a few keepers:





Went for an odd angle on this one to catch the variety of textures and colours along it's underside.

Bristol Zoo also had a red panda!



I just wanted to jump over the wall and smuggle him out in my camera bag and take him home!

There's more of each set of images on my Flickr page if anyone wants to see more, just didn't want to flood the thread as they are all similar.
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So you found your Blues ! And Bristol Zoo HAD a Red Panda ........

I really like the Mantid shot, and the butterfly is a wonderful close-up bar the highlight blow-outs, can't you save them ?
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 11:19 AM   #3
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Had... yes... in an unrelated event, it apparently climbed over the fence into someone's bag... ow... stop biting my leg, I aint got anymore bamboo!

Sadly can't save the butterfly shot, that image is pretty much untouched other than a bit of levels to bring the contrast down. Need to bite the bullet and put the money down on a new flash...

Cheers frog!
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A very nice series. Wish I could have a red panda - they are SO cute! Does look like you need to upgrade your flash but even with the blown-out highlights, the butterfly is still an interesting shot.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 7:15 PM   #5
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Thanks Harriet!

Yeah it's getting hard not to justify buying a new flash, but the real issue is if I buy a regular PTTL flashgun or get a proper dual/ring macro flash setup. Seeing as most of what I shoot is close-up, the rare moments where I am taking a photo of something/someone far away I could get away with the old flashgun.
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Great captures, Ash.
even with the highlight issue, I still like the butterfly shot!
I agree with your thinking on the flash ring, you do enough macro to make it a good investment.
listen to me, I just love spending other peoples money.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 8:25 PM   #7
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Thanks GW!

Yeah thinking I might have to hammer the credit card and get a Sigma EM-140...
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Great series,

1: great to have that long bug completely in focus.
2: darn looks better than my last shot of a blue
5: magnificent spider shot.
... the butterfly macro is great
like the big (very big) large bug on the end of the series - a lot.

Don't mind you being lazy when you post these quality

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Thanks Ronny!
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Nice series , love all of them
The butterfly the most
What made the grass look a bit fuzzy in the panda shot?
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