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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:04 pm 
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A bee or not a bee?


Don't know :? but nice shot :)

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popo wrote:
A bee or not a bee?

It's a bit difficult to tell from that angle, but it appears to be Eristalis tenax - a female to be more precise.

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Here is a male one I found in my archives - can you tell the difference between the sexes?

Now back to Hymenoptera ...

Vespula germanica (German wasp)
One of the most invasive wasps in the entire world.

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Left: 1/200 sec, ISO 100, f/11
Right: 1/160 sec, ISO 100, f/14

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Left: 1/125 sec, ISO 100, f/14
Right: 1/160 sec, ISO 100, f/14

All images were taken with the AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens and are released into the public domain.


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14 shot stack at f/4 1/2s ISO800. Sigma 150mm macro near MFD. Cropped. Click for bigger version download.

My first semi-automated attempt at focus stacking. 14 shots from a sequence taken by DSLR Remote Pro. Not the friendliest requiring some guessing and 3rd party tools. Can't get CombineZP to process the stack, so used demo of Helicon Focus instead. Will have to try Helicon Remote and see if that's easier...

The wasp moved part way through the stack so I didn't include shots from further back. It's still alive.

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Hmm... need more practice still at finding the right settings. Used helicon focus to shoot the stack, seemed friendlier than the other software, but the focus steps were still too big and didn't seem steady while navigating.

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37 shot stack at f/8 1/50s ISO160. Sigma 150mm macro near MFD with 2x TC. Slight crop.

I did improve the lighting (two desk lamps) which helps quite a bit.

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Fascinating!
That wasp also still alive, popo?

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I found it near death on the floor at work. It was still twitching a bit for the 1st shot, but totally dead for 2nd.

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1/60s, f/16, ISO400, 7D body flash
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I took a load of macro with me, Sigma 150mm macro, 1.4x and 2x teleconverter, and even the MP-E65. I didn't bring any more light and ran out of it rapidly... Sigma was usable with body flash, but the blackness of the wasp didn't work with it too well. MP-E65 at 3x magnification with available light even at ISO12800 wasn't really working...

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Out for a walk this afternoon to acquire some photos and a good sunburn ;)

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Beautiful sunny day today so out came the 100mm Canon macro and 40D:

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Nice catch TravisD, but:
- Your bokeh seems a bit too busy and
- the lighting looks artificial
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Same Canon 100mm macro lens and ring-flash, different camera, first light for a Canon EOS 5D MkII.

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A second bee shot with the 5D:

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