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Old Aug 31, 2004, 8:44 AM   #1
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I'll start with insects :

Bumble Bee at work -



Grasshopper -



Don't know the name of that one -



Look at those eyes , Dragonfly -



Hoverfly ? -



This fly, while still alive -



Now, the fly got trapped in a spider web. Swiftly the spider jumped on the prey, fanged it with a lethal injection. The spider was waiting for the meal.... Then a large yellow wasp was flying by, saw the nice free meal and stole it from the spider !



In less than 10 sec, the head was sectioned... and the wasp was litterally cutting off each part of the fly, yikes !!

I'll let you 'digest' this a little, next part is spiders

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Old Aug 31, 2004, 9:11 AM   #2
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Eric - beautiful shots. You sure are getting good in your macro work! Which lens are you using for these shots and what is your working distance from the subjects? Looks like you are using flash too...

The insect world sure is no nonsense survival of the fittest, isn't it? Normal for the insects, but just seems so cruel to us when we peek in on them...
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 10:24 AM   #3
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terrible shot, very close

de superbes couleurs et une netteté absolue bravo et la profondeur de champ est une réussite sur toutes les photos, j'étais content de ma mante religieuse, mais la je suis * des lieues de ton travail :?(more vocabulary in french )
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geoffs wrote:
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Eric - beautiful shots. You sure are getting good in your macro work! Which lens are you using for these shots and what is your working distance from the subjects? Looks like you are using flash too...

The insect world sure is no nonsense survival of the fittest, isn't it? Normal for the insects, but just seems so cruel to us when we peek in on them...

Thanks, Geoff

I'm using a Sigma EX 105 Macro lens, most of these shots were taken at less than 12 inch, some at 9 inch (1:1 ratio). Yes I do have a flash, there's no other way around when these are taken at F/18 to F/22 to get the most of the insect in DOF. I also use a diffuser in front of the flash, it's not expensive, made by Lumiquest - It's a SoftBox - this helps to smooth out the harsh effect of a flash. But its quite tricky when the subject has shinny parts

More coming now, this time it's Creepy spiders
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terrible shot, very close

de superbes couleurs et une netteté absolue bravo et la profondeur de champ est une réussite sur toutes les photos, j'étais content de ma mante religieuse, mais la je suis * des lieues de ton travail :?(more vocabulary in french )
Merci Christian, tout est dans le type d'equipement que l'on utilise. J'ai un Reflex numerique (Rebel de Canon) et le truc est dans le choix de l'objectif, un Sigma EX 105 Macro, toutes ces photos sont prises a environ 20-30 cm max. J'utilise un flash - un Canon 420 EX, et un truc en avant du flash, qui est un 'diffuseur', un Lumiquest Softbox, ca reduit l'effet trop brut du flash pur.

Merci des commentaires, j'apprecie.

Je vais poster des photos d'araignes ce coup-ci

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Old Aug 31, 2004, 10:42 AM   #6
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wow eric! is that the head that was disembodied flying through the air?!?!

unbelievable..

great shots..

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Almost Vito, the head of the fly rest on the spider web, the Wasp is taking care of the body at this point, look at the mendibule (mendible ??) scorching another part of the fly, yikes !

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Old Aug 31, 2004, 10:55 AM   #8
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Spider this time

Common spider, don't know the name :





A bigger one :



A garden spider, we're seeing the back side :



A closer look, belly this time - look at the weird patterns it has...



This one has a 'Happy Face' pattern.... LOL !



That's all for now

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oh ok...i think you should stick with the "it was flying through the air" though...sounds more amazing....and it looks like it is..kinda blurred on the right side edge...like it's falling..lol

wow...i'm finding i'm not a big fan of spiders...at all..lol

great shots though, i love that second spider shot!

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good ..ERK.. shots:-)


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