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by gardenersassistant
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Bombyliidae/Bee Fly photo request
Replies: 3
Views: 1445

Larger version over at Flickr. I think I have one or two others but this is the only one I've found so far.

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1503 11 P1630963_PLab SP7 NoSharp LR 1300h AIS by gardenersassistant, on Flickr
by gardenersassistant
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

Really good set of images Nick, both of them! Thanks John. I appreciate the fact that you're trying to produce images that look good edge to edge -we need a lot more of that in the macro discipline. That's not quite what I'm going for, although it might sometimes have that effect. I'm going for as ...
by gardenersassistant
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

DrHook wrote:Those are all very nice photos!
Thank you. :)
by gardenersassistant
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

For a very fast shutter speed + flash, don't you have to use high speed sync on the flash? Otherwise the camera won't permit taking the picture.A fully manual flash would let you take the picture, but at those shutter speeds you would get the shutter curtains in the picture. This is with a fixed le...
by gardenersassistant
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

Adalbert wrote:Hello Nick,
All pictures very nice!
BR, ADi
Thank you. :)
by gardenersassistant
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

Yeah, I use the monopod for two reasons. One being that it just less exhausting holding the camera steady for extended periods. The other is I can slow the shutter speed a little. Dumb question: To freeze motion you mainly rely on the flash rather than shutter speed, yes? For medium sized invertebr...
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

Very nice. Thanks. I want to try again to get insects in flight - never got the hang of it. This only worked because they were moving in an out of a fixed corridor. Other than this nest and another one we had a year or two before, I have rarely photographed insects in flight. Bees a few times, and ...
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

enricosavazzi wrote:Are those rice grains on the ground?
I don't think so.
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

These are really nice, and nicely lit. Thanks. Although I have tried quite hard over the years to get my flash/diffusion arrangements to produce light that I like, in the post processing for these I did manipulate the distribution of light and dark quite significantly, much more than I usually to, ...
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasps, some in flight
Replies: 16
Views: 2310

Wasps, some in flight

I've been working through my rather large backlog and came across yet another unprocessed set of images from an exercise I did in 2018 comparing a lot of different setups to photograph wasps at the entrance of a nest in a wall in our back garden. These were captured with a Panasonic G80 and Olympus ...
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Some video-stacked flowers
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

Is that just the case when for in-camera stacks No, my Oly cameras don't do in-camera stacks, nor would I want them to. I don't find it useful; it didn't work well in my tests. Presumably the EM1/EM5 will do dual IS with the Olympus 60mm macro? No, most Oly lenses don't have optical IS, that's anot...
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Some video-stacked flowers
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

I should mention that there is an important difference between Olympus' and Panasonic's implementation of focus bracketing. At least in the cameras I tested, Oly does the focus bracketing very quickly, stopping down the aperture before the first picture, and only re-opening it at the end of the sta...
by gardenersassistant
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Some video-stacked flowers
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

hayath wrote:Very interesting technique, the results are awesome
Thank you!
by gardenersassistant
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Some video-stacked flowers
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

I tried both Oly and Panasonic methods, and for my subjects, I much prefer the Oly focus bracketing, because you are in complete control of start/end points and amount of overlap per step, and there are never gaps. Ocassionally Post Focus would miss something. The probability of this happening prob...
by gardenersassistant
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Some video-stacked flowers
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

I really like these photos! Thank you. :) I suspect that with normal techniques quite a few of them would have had quite distracting backgrounds. While not the answer to every situation, stacking is clearly a great tool with which to keep the whole of what you want sharp sharp, and isolate that fro...