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Old Jun 24, 2010, 6:02 PM   #1
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I have a wasp nest outside my back door, hanging from the porch ceiling. I usually destroy them as soon as I see one being built but, this time I got lazy. besides, it makes for a good photo op.
First, not wanting to get too close... I shot with the 55-300. they were OK but, not what I wanted.



Then I tried my 50mm 1.7 with the Vivitar 2X TC and my 50mm f:2 reverse mounted on that. Well, forget it, I couldn't get anything in focus. So, I backed up and took the reversed lens off.
Getting braver, I was about 3ft away.


Still not what I'm looking for... I try the SP 28-80 and get a little closer, like 12 inches.





Then I got really brave... I put the Raynox on... I couldn't see well enough or hold steady enough to get a really focused shot but, getting closer to what I want.



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Old Jun 24, 2010, 6:18 PM   #2
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This shot wasn't too bad...


Here's a crop.


Hmmm... thats more like it.
Now I wonder what I could do with just the 28-80mm just 3 inches away.




A tall crop.


And a closer crop.


All in all, I'm pleased with the results but still looking to improve.
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 8:56 PM   #3
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I'm ready to run just seeing those guys. Good close shots.
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You are certainly braver than I am. I'd not venture any closer than 300 mm range, no way, no how. But they are interesting pictures - I've never seen a wasp that close, or one quite like that. Our wasps are different.
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What did you do GW for them to allow you to get that close - rub incense of wasp all over you ? Maybe they were busy building and not yet in protective mode ?

They certainly are strangely coloured wasps ! Happy to see you got the great shot you wanted in the end, and without being stung too ! Those eyes are so different.
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Hi GW,

You're a much braver man than I!!!

I get the creeps shooting wasps from over 4 feet away, and really have no desire to use anything shorter than 300mm. Things with stingers just freak me out!

With bees, I'm a bit braver -- they're furry and not quite as intimidating -- and they make honey -- probably just a silly psychological thing, but wasps just look mean. . .

Most of the ones we have around here are black with yellow stripes.

I really like the eye detail on the last -- but they still give me the willies. . .

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wow - great results, don't know how aggressive those paper wasps are but if they didn't sting more than worth the effort.

Great shots of some great insects.

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Thank you Ronny,
such a complement coming from you, I feel very honored.
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Thank you guys for all your comments!
I posted a reply yesterday... well, thought I did but, I see it didn't show up.

Anyway, I think the wasp must have thought I was some kind of a "one eyed fire breathing god " or something, they didn't seem to be too interested in me.

You watch, now that I've said that, next time I try it I'll get stung a dozen times.
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GW - Our paper wasps get more aggressive as the summer progresses - so be careful later this summer! They also seem to get used to those people who pass their nests every day.

Great photos! Fine detail and good illustration of their habits as well.
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