A few from this evening


Link Posted 20/06/2018 - 23:10
A few garden macros, incl some tiny eggs, tiny even by my standards

_IMG9165ed2sm by dr.shutter, on Flickr

_IMG9174ed2sm by dr.shutter, on Flickr

_IMG9217ed2sm by dr.shutter, on Flickr

_IMG9276ed2sm by dr.shutter, on Flickr

And a huge crop

_IMG9260ed2sm by dr.shutter, on Flickr
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Link Posted 21/06/2018 - 00:38
First rate again Derek... wouldn't know where to start with these kind of shots... the first and third for me, but like the detail of the eggs you've picked out in 4...




Link Posted 21/06/2018 - 00:47
Yep... Just what Bill said...!!
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Link Posted 21/06/2018 - 09:00
Cheers guys. The eggs are shield bug eggs. Couldn't tell you which type though.
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Link Posted 22/06/2018 - 05:43
Looks very nice to eyes!
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Link Posted 27/06/2018 - 21:21
Holy WOW!

Sigma 180mm macro? How'd you get that kind of magnification? That is definitely past 1:1!



Link Posted 27/06/2018 - 21:36
Top class Macro work as ever.
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Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 06:16
These are superb Derek, particularly the first one


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Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 07:12
Thanks to the latest gadgets that we can observe such insects so closely and clearly!
It's really amazing!
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Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 08:09
Thanks everyone, as ever your comments are much appreciated, I really do enjoy getting out in the garden and rooting around for bugs 😁😁😁

Tyr wrote:
Holy WOW!

Sigma 180mm macro? How'd you get that kind of magnification? That is definitely past 1:1!

Cheers Tyr,
I don't have a 180mm sigma. It's out of my price range, it shows up as a 180mm lens as I have to input a fl for Sr.
My macro kit is
Sigma 105mm macro
Ringflash and home made diffuser.
With this setup I can get to about 5:1 magnification depending on the bug in question. Maybe a little more.
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Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 09:36
I'm always amazed (and envious!) when I see well-focused small bug shots like these.



Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 11:54
Awesome shots Derek, first one specialy is amazing .
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Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 12:02
The eggs are a bit freaky but an excellent set again


Link Posted 28/06/2018 - 15:23
Amazing macro Darek! A fascinating peek into a usually invisible world. I still find it incredible that you can be so stealthy, considering you hand hold your rig, and not have them buzz off before you're anywhere near.

The first one is really great with a unique angle. Are you pushing the lower limit of your flash output (being so close) ? .... these could do with a bit less exposure. Can you stop down any more?
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Link Posted 29/06/2018 - 11:27
Cheers again guys 👍🏻👍🏻
The reverse is what happens. The closer I get the more flash I need.
With some of them I am so close that the bug is inside the range of the flash cone, it's a ringflash and I had to make a hood to fit inside the ring as the diffuser was pushing the light across the front element and causing flare, so the closer I get the more I need. Usually flash is on 1/8th 1/4 or 1/2 power. I can drop it to 1/128th
You may be right about these being a little over cooked. As I shoot everything to suit me and don't much bother with histogram. I just go by eye. 🤔🤔🤔 not going to be always right.
Nearly always fun though 😁😁😁
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