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Jun 24, 2019 15:26:28   #
Regis wrote:
Hand held at 600mm. Distance was about 150-175 feet.

Canon 5Dsr - Canon 300 2.8 II - Canon 2x III - 1/1328 - f/14 - ISO @ 1000.


Nice speckled trout and BIF.
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Jun 24, 2019 14:00:40   #
Gary, specimens on the way.
Bill
Jun 24, 2019 09:57:44   #
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
👍 The shiny beetle is the dogbane beetle. I used to see hundreds of them as a kid back in Iowa but over here I don't think I have seen a single one. Strange.


They should be in your area. They are common over much of US.
I fed them to tarantulas, the bolus(food wad) left was very pretty.
Thanks all for comments.
Bill
Jun 24, 2019 09:47:07   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
This is a little web weaving spider. It is about the size of a pinky finger nail legs and all and they are very challenging subjects.

Because it has a lot of translucent qualities, lighting was difficult to control between blowing out the highlights and being too dark overall. The colored paper that I use for a background acquires tonal changes due to it being less than perfectly flat when placed in the rear of the diffuser when using subdued lighting.

Thanks in advance to all that view and for your comments and suggestions.
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A better picture.
Bill
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Jun 24, 2019 09:36:47   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
This is a little web weaving spider. It is about the size of a pinky finger nail legs and all and they are very challenging subjects.

Because it has a lot of translucent qualities, lighting was difficult to control between blowing out the highlights and being too dark overall. The colored paper that I use for a background acquires tonal changes due to it being less than perfectly flat when placed in the rear of the diffuser when using subdued lighting.

Thanks in advance to all that view and for your comments and suggestions.
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The Golden Nature Guide has the Pirate spider eyes similar.
They sneak up on and bite the web's owner, then eating it.
Your weather still wet? We have had a streak of cool, sunny days. About to end with heat. Well, it is summer.
I have been out every other day or so. Plenty of interesting subjects.
Have been trying a 500mm lens with 20mm of tube. It is allowing close shots from a couple of meters to about 20m. My problem is focus. Need new glasses. Have started to bracket my focus, that helps.
A box of specimens will go out soon. Shipped wet, with a bit of hand sanitizer in a small screw cap containers. You may find use for the containes, so keep them.
The other thing I am working with is flash. I have a bracket to get a small flash at the front of the lens. So far so good. Now need to fine tune. That has gotten rid of most of the shake problem. The flash is under $40 to my door. It is fast recovering, only two AA batteries, and nice and light.
The rig is not unwieldy like a lot I see. A picture, then up and out. Never know what may be waiting.
Good day, Gary.
Bill
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Jun 22, 2019 21:32:35   #
Nikonian72 wrote:
If you reprocess your dragonfly photo, using SHARPEN-ALL, you might be able to save the image.


Thank you.
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Jun 22, 2019 21:15:32   #
A park and butterfly garden.
A lot of activity.
Bill
A hearty meal. Jumper almost 20mm

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Jun 19, 2019 17:19:08   #
tinusbum wrote:
dont know the name ,will post in bugguide if no one knows.the spikey things moved all directions
shot 1x1


If kept on black walnut or star gum will grow. Very impressive insect. This looks to be first instar.
Bill
Jun 19, 2019 12:03:25   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
I'm humbled by your kind response. Each of the posts is labor of love for me for so much of my time goes into them between setup and processing. Many never make it to posting and I always learn something from each one that inspires me with the question of "What If...." which of course then I have to try.

The mechanics of the process is fairly straightforward. Getting them to an acceptable image is a lot like patting my head and rubbing my tummy at the same time. Each move affects something somewhere. Getting the subject aligned the way that I want it posed is about a 5-minute job in itself and when I bump it putting the diffuser over it, I have to start over again.

This image was a 649 shot stack and it took the better part of four hours for Zerene Stacker to process into this single image. Fortunately I've learned that the more time and attention I spend in the setup the least amount of clean up is required other than to remove the mounting pin. Now the posts are essentially right off the camera as processed.

I find myself hungry to find new subjects now that I'm on-track with my process.
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How soon do you want them?
Bill
Jun 19, 2019 10:44:18   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
This is another view of my preserved Queen European Hornet. It is yet another practice session with lighting and settings as I make tweaks to improve.


Gary.
The thought occurred to me that each specimen, each new subject, will have it's own set of ideals, simply because of the variables.
I think Mark said something in that vein a few posts back.
My experience has been through a microscope. Shadow and bright light would bring out unseen features.
The ability to stack allows a picture that is IMPOSSIBLE in real world, we do not see that clearly.
That makes each of your sessions unique. The detail incredibly new.
Thanks.
Bill
Jun 18, 2019 11:43:35   #
rwilson1942 wrote:
The bug has been around for a couple of days but always hid when I came out with my camera until today.


Your bug, rather than a milkweed or other plant feeder, I believe this to be one of the assassin bugs.
They are somewhat of a mimic. Longer, more raptorial front legs hold prey, longer beak.
Confine it with a small insect to find out. They bite man, and it is painful.
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Jun 17, 2019 16:00:25   #
olBadger wrote:
Even pea shooters can take out a target, so this comment is just childish.

And anyone with a modicum of art history knows that male penises were deliberately downsized during the period to "prove" that sex wasn't the point, or that it din't become a "point" of insult, just as hands and feet were often sized up to enhance the "power" of the model.


Pardon me. Not my purpose to offend.
Bill
Jun 17, 2019 14:47:48   #
tinusbum wrote:


Too many points for lacewing to argue. These still look a bit beefier than the little beasties hiding in flowers.
There are a lot of this form of Neuropteran larva living on tree trunks with lichens and moss. They use debris for camo and are predacious.
I lived at the edge of a damp woodland and it was all mossy and shady.
Mushrooms, good wild eating were there. Some good, some delicious.
Look for insects?
Get a chair, sit and watch. Look for movement. No hurry. Camera ready?
A cold one to help the wait.😋
Bill
Jun 17, 2019 10:56:06   #
newtoyou wrote:
Flies are easy to trap.
A two liter plastic bottle with four holes, large enough for flies, one inch from bottom and equidistant around bottle. Appropriate bait. Flies enter low and then will fly up to leave. Catch some and refrigerate or freeze to get specimens. Vary the bait. A dead mouse or bird attracts many flesh eater's. Road kill is a good source of flies. You need a net, I will send a link to the one I use.
Killing in alcohol will take care of the germs on the fly.
An interesting read is "A Fly for the Prosecution".
Sunny here, so up and about. Never know what awaits.
Bill
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See Home Science Tools.Deluxe insect and butterfly net.
Bill
Jun 17, 2019 10:52:11   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
Thank you for the kind words and all of the support and education you provided me. There are a variety of flies here (I suspect elsewhere also) so when I see one that I haven't photographed I try to catch it which I find to be enjoyable. A battle of wits and determination although it probably doesn't say much of me when I am outwitted by a fly!


Flies are easy to trap.
A two liter plastic bottle with four holes, large enough for flies, one inch from bottom and equidistant around bottle. Appropriate bait. Flies enter low and then will fly up to leave. Catch some and refrigerate or freeze to get specimens. Vary the bait. A dead mouse or bird attracts many flesh eater's. Road kill is a good source of flies. You need a net, I will send a link to the one I use.
Killing in alcohol will take care of the germs on the fly.
An interesting read is "A Fly for the Prosecution".
Sunny here, so up and about. Never know what awaits.
Bill
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