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Old Mar 28, 2011, 1:05 PM   #1
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Still not a lot of bug opportunities (just a random encounter with a bee) so went back to Friday's spot and re-took the lichen branch and a few others that caught my eye.




(titled "the claw")


Want to re-take this shot as well, not as sharp as I wanted, even after post processing...


The random bee, he didn't stay for any more shots.

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Old Mar 28, 2011, 3:10 PM   #2
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wow...these pictures are just ,...amazing to say the least! I like them all but the bee is my favorite
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 4:50 PM   #3
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Thanks!

To be honest I thought the bee shot was pretty average, I normally get much better "portraits" when they stick around longer than a few seconds. I'm not happy with his eye, even though it's in focus, it appears very soft, I think the Tamron lens hits it's limit long before f/22.
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Your lichen/moss shots are really nice! The second one looks more like what we have around here. Your third one is fascinating - it looks like some strange creature, with an eye looking out at you. It's actually a bit disturbing in a fanciful sort of way (a compliment - it definitely grabbed my attention).
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Thanks!

Yeah the "eye" is what attracted me to it in the first place as I thought it might make an interesting shot, glad it worked!
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Indeed it did work! Some really fine sharp photos - now all you need is a complete field guide to the lichens...
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Thanks Mole!

I would love a job going around cataloging this sort of thing, doing a "census" of mosses, flowers, bugs and things like that.
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Hi Ashley,

I don't imagine I'll even be looking for much in the way of macro creatures for a while -- still too cold here. But it's good to see some macros. . . and I've even started carrying the 180 Macro around, just to get used to the weight. . .

I'm waiting for my first Jumping Spider sighting. . .I'm just fascinated by those guys.

Very nice series!!

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Thanks Scott!

To be honest there's plenty of opportunities around the house, random small spiders and things like that are a good chance to get some practice in before you find something more interesting in the wild.

Yeah jumping spiders are a personal favourite of mine as well, problem is they are so small and fast, so it's hard to even find them, let alone get a good image.
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I have to agree with all the previous comments -- I'm very taken with the close-up shouts of the lichens and mosses. I especially like the dark backgrounds. Am I correct in assuming you used a flash to illuminate the subject while keeping the background dark?
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