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« Reply #80 on: September 18, 2014, 01:09:43 pm »

John Koerner: Good old fence lizards! I don't generally like the ring flash effect due to harsh shadows, but I have to say it really brings out the belly coloration in a way that I have not seen from my natural light fence lizard shots. (I am not sure if Missouri S. undulatus hyacinthus subspecies has more or less blue-green belly color than the S. undulatus undulatus subspecies).
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« Reply #81 on: September 18, 2014, 01:14:02 pm »

Dan Clements: I particularly like the last wasp shot where the adult and the three larvae in the nest are all in focus. It tells the "whole story".
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« Reply #82 on: September 18, 2014, 01:21:03 pm »

Time to revive this thread (I think). We had good fun and excellent pictures by many here in the past

I got a new Macro lens recently (Sigma 180/3.5) and sofar I like the results.
Tested it again yesterday when this little bug started to enjoy the sunshine on our clean laundry in the garden.



(with a Sony A850 and handheld)


Wow, this is kind of cool, reviving this thread :)

I started this a long time ago, and almost never use flash anymore.

I also switched servers on my website, so most of the images I originally posted are not on here (which is probably a good thing, lol), but I definitely have a lot of cool shots to share and will try to do so.

How do you like your new Sigma, Pegeli?

On that particular shot, above, honestly the shadow across the background kinda makes it a "meh, okay" shot ... but I still think the Dahlia on p. 2 is a terrific, terrific shot :)

Will try to post a couple ...

Jack
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Re: ((( MACRO JUNKIES )))
« Reply #83 on: September 18, 2014, 01:34:10 pm »


Blue Curl
(Trichostema dichotomum)




Swift Crab Spider ♀
(Mecaphesa celer)




Scarlet Milkweed
(Asclepias curassavica)




White-Banded Crab Spider ♂
(Misumenoides formosipes)



All shots in natural light. All shots with the EOS 7D + either 180 mm Canon L or the MP-E 65mm.

(BTW, the drop on that Scarlet Milkweed is natural. I was up to my knees in a Florida swamp, taking that in situ ... I was not doing the "fake water misting bs" in the comfort of a studio, lol.)

Jack
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« Reply #84 on: September 18, 2014, 03:05:55 pm »

John, I like the Sigma a lot, very sharp and still "hand-holdable" when setting up a tripod is not practical (for time/space considerations).
I agree on the shadow but the little bugger didn't want to cooperate and go ans sit in a better place :)

Since I know you are a sucker for "quiet" backgrounds, how about this orchid (but granted, it's not taken in a swamp, but the comfort of our living room)



Btw, I like your swift crabspider a lot, lovely colours and rendering in that picture.
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« Reply #85 on: September 18, 2014, 03:45:33 pm »

Great shots! I really like the long macro lenses for isolating your flower and invertebrate from the background.
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« Reply #86 on: September 18, 2014, 04:53:13 pm »

Nice shot, Pieter. You can almost feel the texture of the petals (I am sure doubly-so at full size)!

Here is one of a tiny jumping spider, no more than 2mm long, taken with natural light (and .05/sec exposure) with a remote switch and 7D + MP-65mm combo ... it's a little soft, as she was very tough to get her to sit still! But I dig the pastel colors and the angle.



No Common Name ♀
(Beata wickhami)


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« Reply #87 on: September 19, 2014, 03:31:35 am »

The natural environment and colours work very well Jack, and at web size posting the lack of sharpness is hardly visible.

I only have very few jumping spider shots, and mostly in our bathroom.
This one was sitting on the curtain:

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« Reply #88 on: September 19, 2014, 04:20:15 am »

I love making macro images, but mine are almost never of the type that have been posted in the previous pages of this thread. Here are two - one I did for myself of one of the new Waverly tuners on my old Martin 00-17, and the other a detail of a titanium impeller fan blade from the inside of a Garrett turbocharger.
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« Reply #89 on: September 19, 2014, 04:13:49 pm »

The natural environment and colours work very well Jack, and at web size posting the lack of sharpness is hardly visible.

Thanks! (My website is down temporarily, as they're upgrading servers, so my photos are gone, but should be back soon ...)


I only have very few jumping spider shots, and mostly in our bathroom.
This one was sitting on the curtain:

I have always liked jumpers, and statistically they've among the more interesting macro subjects.

They actually have more "mating stances and behaviors" than virtually all forms of living animals, up to primates ... and have also exhibited many key "hunting strategies" thought only to exist in higher animals also.



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I love making macro images, but mine are almost never of the type that have been posted in the previous pages of this thread. Here are two - one I did for myself of one of the new Waverly tuners on my old Martin 00-17, and the other a detail of a titanium impeller fan blade from the inside of a Garrett turbocharger.

Very nice!

I was never blessed with that kind of "creative eye" ... to see art in inanimate objects like that.

Nicely done :)
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« Reply #90 on: September 19, 2014, 07:14:11 pm »

Love that impeller blade - great composition.
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« Reply #91 on: September 19, 2014, 11:14:14 pm »


Giant Wolf Spider ♂
(Hogna carolinensis)

Click image for larger view :)
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« Reply #92 on: September 19, 2014, 11:23:42 pm »


Scarlet Phlox
(Phlox drummondii)

Taken with Canon 50D + flash

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« Reply #93 on: September 20, 2014, 06:42:49 am »

@ pfigen, very nice images, both of them. Excellent composition and focus on the essentials

@ Jack, that wolf spider is made extra impressive by the harsh PP of the shot, very effective

Here's some "artsy" water drop macro's I shot in our garden, it's natural rain or dew, no artificial spray or something like that.







All 3 Sony A700 + KM 100/2.8 macro D

 
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« Reply #94 on: September 20, 2014, 08:11:22 am »

105mm f2.8 AIS

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« Reply #95 on: September 20, 2014, 03:23:23 pm »

@ Pieter, I like the middle image most (color/shape); the others have a little too much background, too little of anything else.


@ Ajoy, I am sorry, but I like neither the shapes, colors, composition, nor the harsh flash-lighting, which renders the background black.
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Re: ((( MACRO JUNKIES )))
« Reply #96 on: September 20, 2014, 03:31:52 pm »

Couple more ...




Pink Purselane
(Portulaca pilosa) Canon EOS 7D + 100mm f/2.8L




Basilica Orb Spider ♀
(Mecynogea lemniscata) Canon EOS 7D + 180mm f/3.5L


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« Reply #97 on: September 20, 2014, 04:05:05 pm »

Does a macro from a compact count?

PS. don't know what it is but it does eat lots of trees in this area (SW Michigan)
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« Reply #98 on: September 20, 2014, 04:12:47 pm »

Some nice pictures!

Best regards
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« Reply #99 on: September 21, 2014, 04:08:35 am »

I guess I must like shooting metal. I've been lugging four of these White Bros. titanium bicycle crank bolts around for the last fifteen years. Love the way they feel in the hand and love the precision in how they're machined, but it wasn't until more recently that the tools and techniques existed to make the image I wanted. I think there were something like 38 focus slices here put together with Helicon and then a LOT of work to clean up the defects in the metal.
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