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by SteveB
Tue May 21, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Nezara & Thomisus
Replies: 8
Views: 1713

These are absolutely stunning!
by SteveB
Tue May 21, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Scales of the Green Longhorn Moth
Replies: 3
Views: 1447

Fascinating!
by SteveB
Thu May 09, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Robber fly kill
Replies: 5
Views: 1272

The next piece of kit I want to get is a good flash and I have high hopes of being able to apply a similar technique to that described by Robin Wong on his website. Something like "diffused handheld off camera flash for insect photography". What I do want to avoid though, is that sort of butterflies...
by SteveB
Thu May 09, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Automatic focus bracketing range of Olympus 60mm macro
Replies: 9
Views: 2458

The freehand stacking was rocking backwards in burst mode when I had the EM5 i. I now have an Em1 i just like you I think, so my stacks are still handheld, but I am now holding the camera still and the camera is changing the focus. It certainly helps in the sense that I don't cut off feet or antenna...
by SteveB
Thu May 09, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Sapphire butterfly
Replies: 1
Views: 977

Sapphire butterfly

At the moment, Iolaus trimeni or Trimen's sapphire is probably my favorite butterfly to photograph. Their white underside is remarkably difficult to see against the shiny dark green leaves of the small trees they tend to prefer. Usually they go to small hilltops and settle as high as possible, which...
by SteveB
Thu May 09, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Robber fly kill
Replies: 5
Views: 1272

Robber fly kill

Here is a handheld stack of a robber fly that had caught an ordinary fly.
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43 images stacked with Zerene stacker, mostly Dmap
by SteveB
Thu May 09, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Automatic focus bracketing range of Olympus 60mm macro
Replies: 9
Views: 2458

Having put a reversed lens in front of the 40-150, one definitely does have to start at the minimum focusing distance to avoid running out of focus travel with the combination I tried. I don't have the adapters, but holding the same lens in front of the 60 mm macro does seem to have less of an issue...
by SteveB
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: The fishing spider
Replies: 2
Views: 1386

A nice observation! Is it common for spiders to bite their prey in half, rather than just suck out the juices.I really like the way you your remarks give context to your pictures.
by SteveB
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Scorpionfly scavenging a meal
Replies: 4
Views: 2587

Wow! A very interesting observation.
by SteveB
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Handheld stacking - or just take the picture?
Replies: 3
Views: 1781

Handheld stacking - or just take the picture?

The weather has been good for butterflies recently and I have been able to photograph at least four species that I had never seen before. Most of them have been at a place I have found at the top of the Magaliesberg which just seems to have more insect action than the surrounding areas. It's about f...
by SteveB
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Natural light stacking.. better prepare it the day before.
Replies: 12
Views: 3314

Absolutely stunning - the preparation pays off!
by SteveB
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: The Beauty of Dragons: Meet the Glamour Girlz
Replies: 6
Views: 2164

Beautiful - the eyes look like jewels - and a lovely story. One can share the thrill you must have felt!
by SteveB
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Doing better with the Oly... and tripod.
Replies: 13
Views: 3930

I think that first fly picture is one of the nicest "live insect" stacks I've seen. Thanks also for the tip of the white umbrella.
by SteveB
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: My first of this season
Replies: 11
Views: 3113

Hi Antonio I like the flies especially the last one. I guess they're quite small. My personal experience of micro four thirds is that while it it great for photographing live wild insects, is's extremely sensitive to raising the iso. I always shoot at iso 200 except when I,m trying to get pictures o...
by SteveB
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Owlfly
Replies: 0
Views: 2424

Owlfly

Here's an owlfly I photographed in the Karoo in December. I'm quite intrigued by this family of insects at the moment. http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/userpix/6547_20190116212934_ZS_retouchedcropshare_1.jpg When I started to process and stack the picture, I noticed the eyes. I don't think I ha...