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by dunksargent
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Vespula vulgaris
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: Vespula germanica (German wasp)

I received the Raynox 250 in the mail yesterday. The goal was to use it on the Olympus 60 macro. But it works with many of my lenses! Pentax K1, F 100/2,8 macro, Raynox 250, F16, 1/125, Iso 800 [img]https://www.astapix.be/forum2/GF_6271_veldwesp1024.jpg The Raynox c/u lenses are so useful and under...
by dunksargent
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: More Swaddywell UK Pond Insect Activity
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: More Swaddywell UK Pond Insect Activity

A fine set of pictures! Regular i get the question wich plants one should plant to atrackt more insects. Since a few years my answer is always the same: "A natural pond" Water is live! So very true ... hoping for an Indian summer to enable more pond insect photos before the colder weather commences...
by dunksargent
Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: More Swaddywell UK Pond Insect Activity
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: More Swaddywell UK Pond Insect Activity

Thank you Mark ... Look forward to seeing your pond beetle photos

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by dunksargent
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: More Swaddywell UK Pond Insect Activity
Replies: 4
Views: 880

More Swaddywell UK Pond Insect Activity

Some more insects photographed August 7 on Langdyke Countryside Trust UK's Swaddywell Nature Reserve Cabin Pond ... using Nikon 1 J5 / Nikon 1 70-300mm VR / Berlebach Mini Wooden Tripod with levelling head ... Third party auto extension tubes also used for the German Wasp, Reed Beetle, and Black-tai...
by dunksargent
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Two interesting spiders
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: Two interesting spiders

Fascinating images and descriptions ... and interesting apparatus.

BW

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by dunksargent
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Back in the field again! Weekend macros
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Re: Back in the field again! Weekend macros

Excellent images ... particularly the fly and the beetle ... and taken with minimal and very portable apparatus

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by dunksargent
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Common Wasps scavenging on rabbit carcass
Replies: 4
Views: 1005

Common Wasps scavenging on rabbit carcass

At Langdyke Countryside Trust's Swaddywell Nature Reserve near Peterborough, Cambs., UK I discovered a rabbit carcass last week and many Common Wasps scavenging the flesh. The rabbit was possibly killed by a predator (fox?) leaving the remains for opportunist insects and carrion birds. The wasps wer...
by dunksargent
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Re: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging

Fin pictures and thx for the insight on the gear you used. In fact you inspired ;) I am planning to try with a FF camera and bellows but the 1" sensor Nikon 1 camera and lens and AF tubes is relatively compact thus easier to use. Your M4/3 wasp image is fine .. and M4/3 apparatus more compact than ...
by dunksargent
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Re: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging

Beautiful images. I too think the ones with mirror reflection are very special. I also use a fork head on my monopod. This seems the most practical choice for steadying a camera. I am curious that you use the optical finder. I had tried sort of device a few years back and soon stopped using it sinc...
by dunksargent
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Equipment Exchange
Topic: Scarce but expensive Minolta bellows lenses
Replies: 0
Views: 1312

Scarce but expensive Minolta bellows lenses

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRAND-NEW-MINOLTA-MD-FITTING-AUTO-BELLOWS-III-COMPLETE-KIT/274451993698?hash=item3fe69d1462:g:HAUAAOSwF9FfLSRl Might be of interest to members ... they do sometimes haggle and at Photographica in the afternoon sell at half price ... so maybe some £wiggle room on above scar...
by dunksargent
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging

Swaddywell Nature Reserve (near Stamford, Lincs., UK) Cabin Pond wasp safari 8 August 2020 where currently hundreds of worker Common Wasps (Vespula vulgaris) and German Wasps (Vespula germanica) are foraging and drinking amongst the pond's floating foliage. The worker wasps capture and grind up inse...
by dunksargent
Sat May 30, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Orchid flower head
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Orchid flower head

Orchid flower head… ambient light backlit on kitchen window sill. Ancient Minolta RF 500mm f8 reflex (mirror) lens fitted with 76mm extension tubes … subject distance 3.2m … Sony A7SII ISO 3200 effective f11 (half life size) 1/640sec. The sides of the image frame are cropped - but actual flower is '...
by dunksargent
Tue May 19, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Macros to share
Replies: 14
Views: 2571

Superb imaging

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by dunksargent
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Technical exercise with 7 diopter achromat
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Thank you … Tachinid will suffice for the purposes of submitting to a local camera club's critique group. Main purpose is to illustrate the potential of the E 52 Elpro 7 diopter achromat. The weakest link is the camera's autofocus - the face being unsharp - but the camera's manual focus mode with th...
by dunksargent
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Technical exercise with 7 diopter achromat
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Technical exercise with 7 diopter achromat

In the UK we are allowed 1 hour exercise daily in our 'locality' during current C'virus lockdown. The Langdyke Trust's, Swaddywell Reserve is 5 minute's drive from my home so I drove there on Saturday ... armed with a Leica X Vario APS-C camera and a Leica E52 7 diopter achromatic close-up lens. 'In...