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#1 MarkM

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 12:31 AM

My wife was in the garden and urgently called me to catch three beautiful beetles.  What they are up to I have no idea, but could make a guess... :wub:

 

I used the 24-70 lens with different combos of extension tubes (12, 20, 36) , but carelessly didn't keep track of which tubes I used for different shots!  One of these used all 3 tubes (+68mm, probably "close up 1" and maybe even "close up 2").  Tripod too.

 

1. 3 beetles: 70mm, f/11, 1/250 second, ISO 10000 (!) (my favorite of the three...the red underbelly vs. green shell; aren't red and green complementary colors??? I forget my color wheel lessons)

2. close up 1: 70mm, f/5.6, 1/160 second, ISO 10000 (my 2nd favorite, with the reddish background)

3. close up 2: 62mm, f/8, 1/250 second, ISO 12800 (!!!)

 

ISO was super high to counter the low-light from the other settings.  Lots of noise as a result, so I did some Sharpening and Noise Reduction in LR.  A few other LR adjustments too. 

 

Have a favorite?  CC welcome as always!

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 03:13 AM

I think the French have a word for that "three" thing..(-:  Interesting behaviour of colourful subjects. First is my favourite too because there is more in focus, seems no doubt that when you get in that close to some subjects your focus stacking practice will pay off..(-: I wonder what is next on the wish list.. ring flash..? (-:  Nice work Mark, thanks for posting.



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Posted 26 August 2017 - 04:28 PM

Nice job, I like the first one as well. I am always amazed when people can capture macro shots of bugs on a plant (well maybe in this case they were preoccupied:)) by the time I would try (haven't yet) they probably would flay away!



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Posted 26 August 2017 - 06:43 PM

Thanks fellas.  I was lucky...they didn't move much at all.



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Posted 27 August 2017 - 07:08 AM

Great observation skills Mark.

No.1 for me too.

 

Jesus!!! I just got Geedee's reference !!!!  It took about 5 minutes to percolate through.  King of comedy, Geedee, the spirit of Jerry Lewis lives on. :)


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