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by SteveB
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Fossil
Replies: 3
Views: 2243

Thanks Beatsy. I'm amazed at how well Zerene handles hand shake - so long as the subject doesn't move. I left those fossils as I found them - I'm not against properly documented responsible amateur collections, but I think that a casual finders keepers approach ending with the artifact forgotten in ...
by SteveB
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Fossil
Replies: 3
Views: 2243

Fossil

Hi all, here is a photograph of a fossil I saw in the karoo over the holidays. It,s an in-camera focus bracket, hand held and then stacked in Zerene Stacker. The lens is the Olympus 60 mm f 2.8.

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by SteveB
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: The beauty of dragons, part 2
Replies: 5
Views: 2813

Nice pictures! I particularly like the last one - a background like that really puts one's attention on the insect. I'm trying to increase my knowledge of my local dragon and damselflies. They are magnificent creatures and can make for great photography.
by SteveB
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Pentax Papilio II 8.5x21 close-focus binos
Replies: 6
Views: 2540

I got my pair about six weeks ago and am still amazed at the things I see now that I had never noticed before. I think it was the same thread Troels mentioned above that made me aware of them, but here in South Africa they are not exactly in stock everywhere! The shop assistant where I went first sa...
by SteveB
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Peruvian Amazon: Understory Part III
Replies: 9
Views: 3385

I always get a feeling of excitement when I see that you have posted a new set of pictures. It's rare to find such knowledge of the natural world portrayed in such a sensitive and respectful way, and the pictures are simply beautiful. My favorite of this set is the wasp. It's one of those stranger t...
by SteveB
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: The beauty of dragons
Replies: 6
Views: 3866

Nice pictures! I like how stacking gives one the freedom to photograph things from an angle and also how it allows one to have a much more out of focus background which concentrates one's attention on the subject. Is yours hand held, and did you move back and forth in burst mode,or re-focus the lens...
by SteveB
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Mating robber flies with prey
Replies: 7
Views: 3550

Thanks MarkSturtevant. I also think that the chance for wonder and surprise is much more accessible in macro photography than in wildlife photography where one is going for larger animals. I really think you would enjoy those binocs. If you're not actually wanting to take a picture, the binoculars a...
by SteveB
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Mating robber flies with prey
Replies: 7
Views: 3550

Thanks ChrisR sorry for that moment of anxiety. Thanks Yawns. For me a huge part of the "magic' of in the field photography is the fact that one can be surprised at any moment. Strangely, it would seem to me that it is quite difficult to notice things that are completely unexpected. Once one has not...
by SteveB
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Mating robber flies with prey
Replies: 7
Views: 3550

Mating robber flies with prey

Earlier this year I posted a picture of a mating pair of robber flies where the female ( I think ) was feeding on a butterfly she had caught. I thought this was very unusual - maybe even a once in a lifetime photo. Lou Jost replied on the thread that this is a well documented behaviour of this kind ...
by SteveB
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Polychaete worm
Replies: 8
Views: 3644

Wow!
by SteveB
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasp vs robber fly.......
Replies: 3
Views: 2610

Thanks Robert. I hope you really enjoyed South Africa and get the chance to do so again. It's always hard to know how much kit to take with on a trip, and as many of the organised safaris are almost completely vehicle based the opportunities for macro photography could well be mostly limited to the ...
by SteveB
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Wasp vs robber fly.......
Replies: 3
Views: 2610

Wasp vs robber fly.......

Robber fly wins easily!

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by SteveB
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Bubble Bokeh revisited
Replies: 3
Views: 2370

Very interesting! I had wondered if the MOG 50 mm would not be a great macro lens for micro four thirds cameras. The ripples really bring out the personality of this lens. One of the best examples I've seen.
by SteveB
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: The lucky one?
Replies: 3
Views: 1756

Thanks Chris.
by SteveB
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: The lucky one?
Replies: 3
Views: 1756

The lucky one?

From time to time there has been discussion on this forum on how many of the blue butterflies have "eye spots" and "false antennae" on their hind wings in order to fool predators into attacking the tail rather than the head. they also use various behaviours to enhance the deception, such as turning ...