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Old Jul 13, 2011, 6:09 PM   #1
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Default Ladybird, a bee, and dragonflies

Not uploaded anything for ages it feels, been busy with work or the weather has worked against me while I have been out with the camera. Had a moments madness today and went out for lunch an hour earlier than normal, and managed to catch a juvenile ladybird and a very cold bumblebee that seemed to be moving at one frame per second, so allowed lots of time to frame and take photo's.


Not that great of a photo, but somewhat of a triumph for me to get the bee and the white flower almost perfectly exposed for each. Normally something I never achieve.


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Not super happy with the bee or pupae, but liked the immature ladybird/ladybug photo's

Hope you enjoyed them!



*edit* Dragonflies!



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Old Jul 13, 2011, 8:47 PM   #2
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Wow. Great detail in the B.Bee.

My favs the 3rd. I like the composition.

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Old Jul 13, 2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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I was also thinking how much detail you got in the bee picture - I've never gotten close enough to one to get that much detail. So it definitely impresses me. Others are quite good also, though did you use flash? It looks like either the flash was a bit hot in the last one or the exposure was a bit off, not sure which. The third one is also my favorite, though barely (like your bumble bee also).
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 2:17 AM   #4
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Thanks both!

Harriet, I did use a flash, the old Jessops ringflash I got off eBay a while back, I think what you are describing though is just a slightly too aggressive curves adjustment. I wanted slightly "punchier" contrast and overcooked it a bit.

I'm finding less and less reasons not to splash out and buy the Penxtax ringflash as the Jessops one only works at full power on the PC-Sync port, so waste a lot of shots adjusting the camera around the flash and the ambient lighting.
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Lovely work Ash. I really like #3 but #1 is great too !
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Thanks matey!

Uploaded today's dragonfly shots.
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Thanks matey!

Uploaded today's dragonfly shots.
yeah that second one especially (the first is not too shabby either !) is great !
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Cheers fella, got something a little different planned with the macro lens for the next post. Preview coming soon.
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Great looking pictures,

maybe strange but I really like ladybug pupae. I never noticed that the nymphs legs are in front of if.

Also I don't understand the ' immature' part.

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Thanks Ronny!

I said immature as I suspected it to be a regular red ladybird that has only recently emerged from it's pupae, so the colour hasn't formed on it's shell yet. It might just be that colour, but it's proximity to the pupae made me suspect it was newly hatched.
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