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by MarkSturtevant
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Common darter (Sympetrum striolatum) in action
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Common darter (Sympetrum striolatum) in action

Very good!
One day, pandemic willing, I will buy an Olympus m 4/3 camera with 'Pro capture' that will make it easier to get pictures like these.
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Jagged Ambush Bug On Thistle
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Jagged Ambush Bug On Thistle

These are cool little bugs, with interesting textures. They also tend to sit very still for long periods, and so are good subjects. You can even focus stack a live one, as you show nicely here.
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum and Community Announcements
Topic: Why aren't flies blinded by the sun?
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Why aren't flies blinded by the sun?

I have no idea. The facets you see on a compound eye are just the visible part of an 'ommatidium', which is a tiny light collecting organ with a cuticular lens at the surface and several kinds of cells that extend deep into the eye. Among these cells will be pigment cells that help channel the light...
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum and Community Announcements
Topic: Dark fish
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: Dark fish

:D !!
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II

That should block most parasitoids, but you will want to have it fit snugly on the stem. There are tiny wasps that can get thru though.
by MarkSturtevant
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: More Lepidoptera
Replies: 2
Views: 138

More Lepidoptera

I regularly see mourning cloak butterflies ( Nymphalis antiopa ), but they are usually in full flight. They are a bit different from other butterflies in that they do not tend to visit flowers. Rather, they prefer to sit up on tree trunks and drink sap. This one was just taking a rare moments' rest,...
by MarkSturtevant
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II

Working out well! Odds are it will be parasitized, but fingers crossed. Your use of a plamp attached directly to the tripod is giving me an idea to try a modification of what I do, which right now is with a plamp attached to a separate pole. I can move the camera around it but its a bit fussy as it ...
by MarkSturtevant
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Mottled shieldbug (Rhaphigaster nebulosa)
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: Mottled shieldbug (Rhaphigaster nebulosa)

Nice result! I'm doing this more often too (take a few pix that focus on different parts, then stack). Also the composition is interesting, which is something else I've been meaning to do more often. That is, not putting the critter in the center but off to the side.
by MarkSturtevant
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Foraging Chafer Beetles
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Foraging Chafer Beetles

Terrific as always.
by MarkSturtevant
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Macro lens advice
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Macro lens advice

It is pretty hard to go wrong with a macro lens in terms of sharpness. All are terrific. Lenses in the 100mm range are very versatile in terms of giving you the framing that you want in most situations without resorting to extension tubes to get to 1:1. Although I have not used shorter macro lenses ...
by MarkSturtevant
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Post Focus Stacks with Lumix Gx80
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Post Focus Stacks with Lumix Gx80

Good stuff. I thought I had researched the heck out of the Panasonic versus Olympus m 4/3 bodies for these these features. Somehow the point that Panasonic also does regular focus bracketing did not make itself known to me. I thought it was all about recording in video.
by MarkSturtevant
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Sleeping Bee
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Sleeping Bee

You have a good eye for finding the right moment!