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Post by uuglypher » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:13 pm

Not just a nice series...
a tour de force !

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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:45 pm

beautiful shots of this crazy creature. Up close they look like flying robots made of tubes and wire.

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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:33 am

Good stuff Tom. Dam that lens is sharp.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:24 pm

They are beautiful pictures of beautiful bugs. I have great fondness for damselflies and dragonflies. They chow down on mosquitoes in all life stages. They are interestingly made, though, as Piet remarked. Tubes and wire. And spit, maybe.
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:36 am

Did you change your equipment or your approach? Wow, these are better than a few posts ago! S-
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Post by TomCofer » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:48 pm

Thanks folks. Your comments on these old posts have me thinking I need to knock the dust off my camera and do some more macro and close-up stuff.

No Steve, pretty much doing the same stuff here. I've found that with macro and close-up stuff it's mostly just a matter of trial & error. A bit of wind, a tired eye, or the slightest movement can make all the difference. I tip my hat to anyone who can take only one or two shots and get it right. I usually get one or two good ones out of every dozen or so.
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:10 pm

TomCofer wrote:No Steve, pretty much doing the same stuff here. I've found that with macro and close-up stuff it's mostly just a matter of trial & error. A bit of wind, a tired eye, or the slightest movement can make all the difference. I tip my hat to anyone who can take only one or two shots and get it right. I usually get one or two good ones out of every dozen or so.

It's always good to hear from those that have already been there and can lend their experience. Thank you so much! S-
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:29 pm

TomCofer wrote:Thanks folks. Your comments on these old posts have me thinking I need to knock the dust off my camera and do some more macro and close-up stuff.

No Steve, pretty much doing the same stuff here. I've found that with macro and close-up stuff it's mostly just a matter of trial & error. A bit of wind, a tired eye, or the slightest movement can make all the difference. I tip my hat to anyone who can take only one or two shots and get it right. I usually get one or two good ones out of every dozen or so.

SO true! Your DOF is only a few millimeters deep, even if you are stopped well down, which will then force you to kick shutter or ISO up, and the bug isn't posing, just resting, so time is short. Some cameras have a tracking focus that can be engaged. My Sony and Nikon P7800 both do. On the Sony a little square appears in the center of the finder. I push a button which prefocuses plus engages the follow-focus. If the subject stays within the frame the focus will try to follow it around. So far as I know if the subject moves closer or further the camera will even try to refocus. If the subject strays out of field but comes right back the tracking may pick it up again. I haven't used it as much as I might (and plan to), and I have no idea what cameras have it or not, or even how well it actually works, but it's a thought. I've used it to track my granddaughter (quick as a damselfly that one) and it seems to work, at least it's faster than me. :D
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