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by LordV
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum and Community Announcements
Topic: Spider web "diffraction"
Replies: 9
Views: 5104

Spider web "diffraction"

I really can't remember where this came up apart from being some time ago. Someone had a photograph with some lines of colour banding in and was asking what caused it. Think I suggested it might be spider web but didn't really have a convincing example. Anyway came across this photo on flickr https:...
by LordV
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Creobroter pictipennis L2 mantis stacks, MP-E on D800E
Replies: 4
Views: 1390

Wonderful stacks !
Got to ask how you attach an MPE-65 to a Nikon D800-E and do you have any aperture control ?
Brian v.
by LordV
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: How to keep a live baby spider still for focus stacking
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

papilio wrote:Fascinating discovery Brian!!

I hope I manage to get lucky enough when I try this to get images as wonderful as these, well done! :)
Thanks Michael - hope you are lucky !
Brian v.
by LordV
Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: How to keep a live baby spider still for focus stacking
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

Nice series. I certainly have never had luck getting jumpers to stay still. Orbweavers and wolf spiders I have been able to stack with out too much trouble though. Based on your images, maybe I should start keeping a few roridula around for photography purposes ;) Thanks- I certainly did not unders...
by LordV
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: How to keep a live baby spider still for focus stacking
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

abpho wrote:Nice series Brian. Love that 10x.
Thanks Abpho
Brian V.
by LordV
Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: How to keep a live baby spider still for focus stacking
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

How to keep a live baby spider still for focus stacking

I was trying to snap this baby jumping spider for quite a while, chasing it all over a wheelie bin lid. I tried to get it to settle on a flower I put there but it would not. I eventually gave up and used the flower to transport it to some plants. The spider had other ideas and decided to abseil away...
by LordV
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum and Community Announcements
Topic: Lord V (Brian Valentine) macro photo in Popular Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 2823

Thanks for the congrats Phil :) Rik - not only was it from 2009 it was also a crop ! Think they were after shock value but most importantly with a whitish background so they could do their text stuff. I gave up trying to understand why picture editors want specific pics for their magazines ages ago....
by LordV
Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: A very very small fly
Replies: 2
Views: 671

In addition to being remarkable for the fly's small size, I find that the background adds a sense of drama and interest to the photograph. The small size of the creature is enhanced by including more of this background, too. A sense of the world this small fly inhabits is thus provided. In other wo...
by LordV
Sat May 31, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: A very very small fly
Replies: 2
Views: 671

A very very small fly

Smallest fly I've ever spotted. A gall midge I think, 0.8mm body length.
Taken at 5:1 FF MPE-65
Brian v.

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by LordV
Wed May 28, 2014 4:34 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hawthorne shieldbug
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Shaneshac wrote:Thanks for the info.

So you are moving the twig back and forwards to get the different focal planes while the lens stays static on your hand?
No, Having got the angle I want I am moving the camera forward on my hand to get the focus slices.
Brian v.
by LordV
Wed May 28, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hawthorne shieldbug
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Thanks for the comments fuzzyd and Shaca :) Shaca - I'm handholding. I'm actually holding the twig the bug is on in my left hand and resting the camera lens on the same hand. This both stabilises the camera with respect to the bug and also allows me to manipulate the leaf in my fingers to give diffe...
by LordV
Tue May 27, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hawthorne shieldbug
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Hawthorne shieldbug

Hawthorne shieldbug on a bonsai beech tree leaf. It was bery well behaved and allowed me to shoot some different angles. All shots focus stacked using zerene. Brian V. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3685/14304718673_586bdde872_o.jpg https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2910/14304718693_b1037bfe95_o.jpg ht...
by LordV
Sat May 17, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: An old mystery solved for me
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

Thanks for the comments :)
Rik - yes the wasps directly parasitise the eggs or larvae I believe.
Brian V.
by LordV
Fri May 16, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: An old mystery solved for me
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

An old mystery solved for me

For a few years I've seen small (2.5mm) chalcid wasps in groups on columbine (aquilegia) flowers. I'd tried to find out what they were actually doing on the flowers apart from mating and had failed. This year I again took a photo of one of the wasps and then took a photo of a frit fly that was stand...
by LordV
Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Angles on a ground beetle
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

xavosp wrote:Nice images.

I hope I'm not wrong while IDing this beetle, but here is a link that may be of interest to you:

http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/harpalus-affinis
Thanks Xavier- that may well be the species- funny it says it's one of the few ground beetles active during the day.
Brian v.