Monthly #72 - The world of insects.... in close-up. Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 30/06/2018
Judge: drofmit

Life is buzzing in June....
so get down on your hands and knees and show me the best close-up insect shots of what is flying, crawling, wriggling around near you....
it doesn't necessarily need to be a macro shot... just close-up and personal..... and a bit different!!
If that is a bit too close for you, try your long lens at its closest focus....
that will allow close-up pictures without the creatures being totally "in your face"....
Usual rules.... must be shot in June 2018, Pentax, Ricoh and certain clones only, etcetera, etcetera.....
Competition Entries

Perspicador

Link Posted 03/06/2018 - 18:24
Please check closing date!

drofmit

Link Posted 04/06/2018 - 07:16
Perspicador wrote:
Please check closing date!

This happens every month, Rodney.... the date will be corrected and the competition will continue...
There is a glitch in the system that can only be corrected by hand... so the monthly always has to be set up separately.
It hasn't been corrected yet because the team of peoples have also had a weekend......
they don't work 24/7/365[6].....
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Anon.

Perspicador

Link Posted 04/06/2018 - 14:28
Yes, and the need is presumably to draw attention to it if it is not dealt with. When an oversight becomes routine there comes a time when it is no longer an oversight. The bleedin obvious is not rectified by the bleedin obvious methinks.
Quote:
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats

drofmit

Link Posted 04/06/2018 - 14:54
Perspicador wrote:
Yes, and the need is presumably to draw attention to it if it is not dealt with. When an oversight becomes routine there comes a time when it is no longer an oversight. The bleedin obvious is not rectified by the bleedin obvious methinks.

Rodney, it is a software problem that is probably too costly to alter...
the monthly competition was set up from the weekly one and uses the same system...
so always has to be reset manually... just be patient and all will be back to normal.
Or I could choose a winner and throw the whole thing into wild confusion....
one thing if I did that.... you would be guaranteed a podium place.... there are only three entries so far!!
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Anon.

johnriley

Link Posted 05/06/2018 - 07:35
Corrected, do please remind me when it gets overlooked!
Best regards, John

drofmit

Link Posted 05/06/2018 - 12:07
johnriley wrote:
Corrected, do please remind me when it gets overlooked!

Didn't know it had been overlooked....
Given that the first was Friday... I hadn't even looked again after lunch yesterday.
I seem to be getting very patient with age!!?
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Anon.

davidwozhere

Link Posted 07/06/2018 - 17:40
Reminds me of two vultures sitting on a rock ledge. "Patience?", says one, to the other. "I'm gonna KILL something!"
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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JAK

Link Posted 08/06/2018 - 11:10
davidwozhere wrote:
Reminds me of two vultures sitting on a rock ledge.

Vultures would be eligible for the weekly competition!
John K

drofmit

Link Posted 01/07/2018 - 10:18
Hi folks... a bit busy today... so will be judging and commenting when I can sit down and consider... thanks for a nice entry.
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Anon.

Perspicador

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 12:57
Self interest isn't everything. Much over-valued in my book
Quote:
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats

drofmit

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 15:46
Perspicador wrote:
Self interest isn't everything. Much over-valued in my book

WTH are you on about!
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Anon.
Last Edited by drofmit on 02/07/2018 - 16:16

drofmit

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 16:09
I have no idea what Rodney is on about... hey-ho

A lovely selection of pictures but what a shame...
four of these are, according to their Exif information, out of period
Francisbd noticed that his was OOD by only a few days and asked in a comment if he could change it.... desolé Francis, je vu ca hier soir, seulement, trop tard... desolé.
It was the winner, too!
For the Monthly... where the idea is that we shoot for the competition... and stretch ourselves, or not, to try and create a shot.... rather than trawl through our archives.... it is important to check the Exif before submitting our photos.

There are comments about them, but they aren't judged.

So, the comments....


Red Spider Mite by JAK
Very nice picture to open the collection... lot of noise fore and back... guess that's down to the high ISO, but for me in this case, it does not detract. I also quite like the subtle red border... nice.


Bumblebee by Perspicador
Very nice... a bumble bum shot.... nice and sharp, lovely tones in the background... and a different viewpoint... with enough to identify her by!


Lesser Stag Beetle by Nigelk
Everyone is spotting Stag Beetles this year... but these Lesser Stags are just as threatened by woodsmen being too tidy!
Nice shot... everything that needs to be is nice and sharp.... especially the "Stereo Microphones"! But it appears to be into metal!


[x] Hoverfly on Buttercup by retsoor 2018-05-28
Very nice hoverfly shot... could have done with the shutter speed lower [1/200th would have done] and a higher aperture [f8 at least] to have had all the fly in focus... but balanced to keep the nice bokeh.


Style is everything! by davidwozhere
Very nice... a contender, definitely. I like the letterbox/panoramic crop, having the flower right and the bokeh left, it feels as though the bee arrived from somewhere... perhaps, as I said on retsoor's picture.... a tad tighter on the aperture to get the back wing in focus... this was at high ISO and fast shutter... but being a manual lens, no aperture info... shame we can't "dial it in" so that the camera "knows"... so I can only surmise. But yes, it has style!!


[x] What am I? by JLGngrich 2016-01-01
Not only is this outside the date period...so cannot be judged, but it is boring as it is.... I think that going down to 200ISO and upping the aperture a stop would add to the picture depth, so that we can see the whole picture in focus.... and a much tighter crop to bring the caterpillar forward. Then, you would lose the "boring" because this caterpillar is really beautifully marked. And it never follows that a caterpillar will turn into something more beautiful.... some of the most interesting and beautiful moth caterpillars.... turn into awfully drab adults.


Spiderlings by tyronet2000
Lovely shot... not just for the macro work... but for the colour, too! But it is a shame they aren't insects.... possible improvement would be to clone out the two half-spiderlings one at t'top and one a t'bottom.
I could sit and watch spiderlings for hours... I often do, with the result I have many, many photos.
They are just very entertaining.


Green creepy crawly by Sparkie67
This is the female of the Swollen-thighed Beetle [Oedemera nobilis]... the male of which I also call the "Shouldn't wear Spandex" Beetle.
The petal is in sharp focus, the subject isn't.... again, reducing the shutter speed and turning up the aperture a few clicks... say to f8/f10.... would have had the beetle and the flower in sharp focus.


[x] Free flight by RadReg 2012-12-21
What a shame this one was OOD.... An orchid bee from the Southern and Central Western world...Euglossa sp. possibly E. viridissima..
This is a wonderful bee flight shot and would have been a very strong contender... except for the date and slight oof which upping the ISO to get a higher f-stop woulfd have sorted.
NB: You can see the orchid pollinia have attached themselves to the hind legs of the bee.... who will now carry them to a different flower of even plant.


[x] Envol imminent ... - Imminent flight ... by Francisbd 2018-05-18
The winning shot in so many ways... if only it had been taken a fortnight / une quinzaine later.
The light and bokeh, the strong diagonals, the sharpness front to back on the dragonfly... a mature male Libellula depressa [Broad-bodied Chaser, la Libellule déprimée].... they all add up to a wonderful photograph.
I do not know if you buy Nat'images, Francis... but this picture is of the quality of that publication...
All I can do with this picture is award you an HHC [Honourable Highly Commended] and wait until I see a series of your pictures in Nat'images!!


Feeding time by snakey
Another very nice picture... perhaps a tad bright, but still very nice... perhaps toning down the white on the wings of the hoverfly would allow the darker head to become more "visible"...
A very nice capture.... in the running!


Vegetable Garden Scourge by GlynM
Arrrgh! Black Bean Aphids... scourge of Broad Bean growers every where... I watched, last year, an ant farming these on our Broad Beans... the ant would move aphids that weren't productive where they were, to one of the obvious leaf veins on the stem and "plug" them in.
Sharp fron to back... very nice light on the front ones... and enough silhouetting of the background ones not to distract from the "specimen" ones. The only thing you didn't catch was one giving birth!! Very nice picture... like the diagonal.


Sharing a drink of that sweet nectar by Abe_Normal
Lovely picture... two Large Skippers on a thistle... excellent shot, in contention.... ISO allowing an f11 aperture... the background bokeh creating a nice "texture" without being distracting.
Lovely... and perfect specimens, too... right at the beginning of the flight season.


working Bee by paulb531
Lovely close-up of a honey bee at work.... the wings look nice and sharp, but there is something not so about the rest, yet it is all in focus. I wonder if, at f25, you have left the cleanest focus range of the lens and it has a slight abberation at that point??
For example the 100mm Macro WR that I use is excellent at the cantre from f2.8, all the way to f16... then takes a sudden dive in quality, and is at it's best at f5.6 and f8. The Sigma 105 drops away sharply after f11... this bias to the low f-stops is to be expected as macro work often involves difficult lighting conditions.
Composition is fine... there is not much you could do about the dark shadow on the leaf except perhaps, phaff about in PottyShop and dodge that area to lighten it.


I need a barber please by Noelcmn
Not in winter, it doesn't!! I let my hair grow thick in winter and this caterpillar of one of the Tiger Moth group [Arctiinae] whose caterpillars are around all winter.
I do not know Southern African species... but the caterpillar "jizz" is enough to let me know where to start hunting the WWW.
A very nice capture, all in focus... the background above enough out of focus to throw the hair detail forward.... nice picture.


So.... where to start to pick a winner........
Composition, interest and detail...
So, the winner is:
Sharing a drink of that sweet nectar by Abe_Normal

Coveted Second place: Style is everything! by davidwozhere

Third place: Feeding time by snakey

HCs to perspicador, tyronet2000 and GlynM

HHC [see above] for the slightly out of time picture by Francisbd.... always check your Exif before submitting the monthly pictures...
and answering Francisbd's question about removing and re-entering an in date picture, I don't know the rules on that.... John Riley, over to you??
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"
Anon.
Last Edited by drofmit on 02/07/2018 - 16:10

tyronet2000

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 16:57
Congratulations to the Winner and other places. Thanks to drofmit for the interesting subject the judging and the comprehensive comments. Didn't read the brief properly therefore erroneously entered arachnids. Did have an insect but the pin sticking through it sort of detracted. Thanks for the HC.
Regards
Stan

PPG

Perspicador

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 18:03
drofmit wrote:
Perspicador wrote:
Self interest isn't everything. Much over-valued in my book

WTF are you on about!

WTF you last said to me
Quote:
... the best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.
W.B Yeats

Noelcmn

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 18:32
Hearty congratulations to Abe_Normal, excellent worthy winner shot. Not often you'll get that, so timing there was perfect too! And extended to Davidwozhere and Snakey, And not forgetting the HC's, Perspicador, Tyronett2000, which shot I loved, and learned too that spiders are not insects? and GlynM. Thanks Dromfit, excellent challenge, equally excellent comments and critiques, as usual much appreciated.

GlynM

Link Posted 02/07/2018 - 21:39
Many thanks Tim for setting a great competition, an obviously very knowledgeable set of comments and good judging.

Thanks also for the HC .

My battles with the black bean aphids continues but next weekend my young grandson, who helped to sow the broad bean seeds back in early April, will be joining me to harvest them thereby freeing the ground up for something else. However the aphids will probably just move across to to my runner beans .

Congrats to Lyric for the well deserved winning image, the runners-up, fellow HCs and everyone else for a very interesting set of pictures.

Glyn
Last Edited by GlynM on 02/07/2018 - 21:44

Abe_Normal

Link Posted 03/07/2018 - 00:46
Apologies for not responding sooner: I was preoccupied with getting the next monthly competition up and running.

Thanks to Tim for being his pick and for his (frighteningly knowledgable) comments. Well done to davidwozhere and snakey, plus the HCs and other entrants.

I guess I've just been on a roll recently: 3rd in the last but one weekly competition, and 2nd in the most recent. So winning this one, even on a technicality, wasn't unexpected.

Francisbd

Link Posted 05/07/2018 - 06:51
Congratulations Abe Normal for its beautiful image of these two Hesperia, very pretty little butterflies well highlighted in a beautiful symmetrical composition which is not always easy to succeed!

Thank you very much for these compliments Tim but no problem to be out of competition, it's normal. I had pictures of June but too late to place them.

Congratulations also to the other participants. It's always nice to watch your beautiful pictures! ... and promised next time I will pay attention to the date of shooting !
Francis - èfbé -

davidwozhere

Link Posted 07/07/2018 - 01:24
Sorry, I've been absent for a few days. Thank you for the 2nd place and a contest that drew a good variety of entries. Abe - you got two of those flitty things to sit still for you. Well done! And a nice crisp hoverfly from Snakey.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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