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Postby ChristianBecker » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:49 am

Oooh... I like damselflies and dragonflies.
Nice ones, Chris and TMC.
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Postby Penfold » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:38 pm

During my walk the other day, I managed to get a couple of insect shots with the macro lens. Unfortunately, it has a very sensitive focus and the fairly strongish breeze made it somewhat hard. (That's my excuse, anyway, and I'm sticking to it!).

A shot of a butterfly that actually stayed still long enough to get!
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And a cropped photo of the same butterfly. :D
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I don't know what this bug is;
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but here's two of them bonking! :shock:
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Postby ChristianBecker » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:42 pm

It's a feature, not a bug. Oh, wait...

Nice shots, Penfold. I like the butterfly, but I'm not really into insect porn myself.
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:45 pm

That bug is an edible shrimp-roach. 8)

In olden days people used to bake them in clay and eat them after all the spines had fallen off. :P

(or is that hedgehogs? :? )
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Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:51 pm

Have you been on the out of date saki again Pooh :?: :roll: :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:54 pm

I don't know what that orange beastie is, penfold, but we used to call them bloodsuckers when I was a kid. :D I have no reason to believe that they actually sucked blood though. :lol:

Edit - I think they are soldier beetles.
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:54 pm

Well! :roll: There's not much happening around here at the moment so I thought I'd try to liven it up. :P

I'm going to bed. :D
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Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:58 pm

poohcarrot wrote:Well! :roll: There's not much happening around here at the moment so I thought I'd try to liven it up. :P

I'm going to bed. :D


It could be worse, you could be watching the cricket :roll:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:26 pm

I'm watching a cricket now, it just jumped into the garden :P
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Postby Penfold » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:41 pm

Did you get a photo? :lol:
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Postby Chris » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:50 pm

Penfold wrote:During my walk the other day, I managed to get a couple of insect shots with the macro lens. Unfortunately, it has a very sensitive focus and the fairly strongish breeze made it somewhat hard. (That's my excuse, anyway, and I'm sticking to it!).


A windy day is a the nemesis of the macro photographer!!
Nice shots but there are definitly some quality issues. Does photobucket muck them up?
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Postby Penfold » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:56 pm

Thanks Chris. Yes Photobucket does muck them up somewhat, but I feel that it is also to do with my ineptitude and focusing issues. This is the first time I've really tried this type of photography so I'm on a quite steep learning curve, especially with the ranges the lens can be used at. I will keep trying, however, and not lose heart. :D
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:03 pm

Penfold wrote:Did you get a photo? :lol:


It wouldn't stay still :wink:
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Postby ChristianBecker » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:27 pm

Penfold wrote:but here's two of them bonking! :shock:


Almighty Wikipedia-Google combo wrote:The Hogweed Bonking Beetle, sometimes known as the common red soldier beetle...

Hence the name...

As an afterthought, this page shouldn't go unmentioned (found it with Google):
http://www.gardensafari.net/english/soldier_beetles.htm
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Postby Kneazle1 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:33 pm

Excellent photos! I'm really quite scared of moths and butterflies but they look quite cuddly in extreme close up :lol:
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