some bits from local common


Link Posted 20/07/2019 - 14:28
taken with Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro plus ext tube and Sigma 50-150mm f 2.8

1. Damsel Fly, quite a long way from water as definitely none on the common. Sigma 105mm f2.8

2. Grass is not only Green, no colours added just raised vibrance. Sigma 105 +31mm tube

3. Marbled White Butterfly. Sigma 50-150mm f2.8

4. Top of a hedge. Sigma105 +21mm tube

5. Distressed Daisy. Sigma 105 + 31mm tube

6. Grasshopper, finally stayed still for a second. Sigma 105 +31mm tube

7. Marbled White with Parasites, poor thing. Sigma 50-150mm f2.8

8. Lacewing i think. Sigma 50-150mm f2.8

9. Walking Carefully. Sigma 50-150mm f2.8

10. Ringlet Butterfly. Sigma 105 + 31mm tube

11. Taking Off, more luck than judgement shot. Sigma 50-150mm f2.8

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Link Posted 20/07/2019 - 14:59
Great set, and no. 5 is a really classy image!

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Link Posted 20/07/2019 - 15:50
Yes. 2&5 for me please

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Link Posted 20/07/2019 - 19:18
I'll go for the bugs. No. 1 is my favourite, good shot of the damselfly and the background actually helps the picture (which as we all know is often not the case). No. 2 is close behind, but would benefit from more space above the butterfly. Then the lacewing (?), the bug is lovely, pity it's partly obscured by the flower.

No. 11 might not be an aesthetically brilliant picture, but I've spent many hours trying to get a shot like that and failed. Yes, it was no doubt more luck than judgement (were you intending to press the shutter button when the bee was on the flower?), but you were there, you created the situation where luck was possible so you deserve credit for it.

And a special mention for No. 10 because it saved me having to look up what the butterfly was that I'd photographed earlier today.



Link Posted 20/07/2019 - 20:51
I'm liking these macros (again ). I agree with Lubbyman above concerning the background to #1 - works very well with the bug. #2 is quite graceful in its movement (and though I enjoy its colours, I'm sure it would lend itself beautifully to b&w). #8 is interesting in the way it blends from busy oof foreground to the left all the way to sheer minimalism in the antennae to the right (the 'V' of which points us to that incredibly colourful eye!). And #9 is a wonderful composition. Lovely, all.


Link Posted 21/07/2019 - 00:19
Cracking set,
1, 2 , 3, 4 ..........
First 4 are my faves,
Great shooting, I like the pp too.

Lots of great macro on here of late, it's great to see even more coming.
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Link Posted 21/07/2019 - 07:52
derek897 wrote:
Cracking set,
1, 2 , 3, 4 ..........
First 4 are my faves,
Great shooting, I like the pp too.

Lots of great macro on here of late, it's great to see even more coming.

Totally agree, superb set

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Link Posted 21/07/2019 - 11:02
thanks for all the comments. very interesting to see what people saw in these that i didn't. i thank Pentax for CIF as without it these would not have been possible as i no longer have the steady hands i used to, no more connecting cables into live diss boards for me.
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Link Posted 22/07/2019 - 01:47
Very very nice. I really like the deep, rich colours in these. The lacewing is a good one since they rarely stay in one place long enough to photograph !
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Link Posted 22/07/2019 - 08:24
Rich colours, sharp focus, great DoF control - no favourites, all good!


Link Posted 22/07/2019 - 21:04
Are they all from a single shoot Joe, or several trips? If that's one outing then that's a great keeper rate Either way there's some cracking images in here - the colours and processing work really well, keep it up


Link Posted 23/07/2019 - 11:55
all from the same shoot bar the hedge John, that's ours. we are so lucky to have this common so close. it is an SSI area and is maintained the same way as agriculture used to be, letting the cows chew the cud and manure it . they are taken off around late Autumn i think then it gets a cut back late winter ready for spring growth to take off. cows back on March/April time, usually only around a dozen or so. thanks once again for comments.
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Last Edited by redbusa99 on 23/07/2019 - 11:55


Link Posted 23/07/2019 - 12:18
Great set... 1,2,3 and 5 for me... there's something deeply forlorn about 5, which is wonderful... and as Steve said above, the background on 1 really complements your framing of the damselfly... super stuff...




Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 00:36
thanks Bill, must admit i am finding dying flowers more interesting than live ones, just seems to be daisies at the moment, maybe a tryptich subject.
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