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Old Jul 25, 2011, 7:46 PM   #1
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Default Some "macro" shots with a Pentax supertelephoto

Thought I'd try something a bit different, since the hummingbirds are not always where I want them to be!

Having that MFD of just 11.5 feet from the front element is very, very useful at times. I didn't realize how good this lens is for photographing larger insect subjects - it's not just for birds! Not all images were taken at 600mm - indicated if not at that FL - otherwise all information is in the EXIF link below each image. For reference, each image is approximately 33% of actual size.

Common Buckeye




Yellow Tiger Swallowtail



Black Swallowtail



I am so glad that we finally got some rainfall just a few days before last weekend. It was most welcome, since everything is greening up nicely again, despite the very high temps of late (100+ F). I must admit that this sure beats the heck out of chasing the butterflies around the garden with the FA* 200/4 Macro - just stay in place with the tripod + some shade, and have fun...

I hope you enjoy these images!

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Old Jul 25, 2011, 7:51 PM   #2
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 2:36 AM   #3
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Tamron Adaptall 2 - 28mm, 28-80mm, 500mm Mirror
Pentax KAF - 18-55mm WR, 28-105mm PowerZoom
Pentax K - 50mm f/2, 50mm f/1.7, 28mm f/2.2
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 6:29 AM   #4
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 9:05 AM   #5
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Some really beautiful flutter shots. I often use the DA*300 for pseudo macro shots as the IQ is just superb .. but 600mm is amazing !
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Now that's the way to take pictures of butterflies! These are all outstanding, I like the smoother bokeh than I'm used to seeing with my macro. And your dof was really tiny!
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Amazing shots

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Great shots. Focus is bang on. I know how difficult it can be when shooting macros to get the subject tack sharp.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 1:08 AM   #9
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Outstanding Bflies series, thanks for sharing.


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Old Jul 27, 2011, 6:54 PM   #10
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Beautiful captures of some lovely subjects!
Would never have thought to use 600mm as a "macro!" Of course, I enjoy the "chase" almost as much as the photography...
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