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overton_cat wrote in naturesbeauty
les marais du vigueirat-053

les marais du vigueirat-053

Tetralonia sp.

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It is a pretty little bee, especially with the blue-eyes.

that bee is beautiful!! ♥

wow, Totally amazing pic. I just love what that bee has gotten all over him ^_^
And I don't think I've seen the eyes in so much detail before.

Thanks, I think this is one that specializes on Malva. And yes those eyes are something else.

Amazing! I might have asked before on previous posts-- what do use for these shots? (Camera, lens, at what speed?)


Panasonic FZ30 + Raynox DCR-250. FWIW this was 1/125sec f7.1

As an aside, personally I've never found the exposure data to be of any use. I know that every photographic book and magazine always adds to the photograph f-blah and 1/doodah seconds, but I've never been able to ascertain why, its like an incantation or something. I say this because you *don't know* exactly where the exposure reading was taken, you *don't know* whether the photographer overrode it and under/over exposed a bit, nowadays you don't know whether the levels have been altered, the contrast tweaked, or the colours enhanced, and I've not even touched on what can be done with a RAW file. Even in the pre-digital days you wouldn't know how the negative was dodged and burned, or how the print was pushed or pulled.

For my part, with these insect macros, my main concern is getting the focus right, and not scaring the insect off, so I also need a reasonably shutter speed to avoid camera shake, I reckon I can get away with about 1/30th second, sometimes and with luck 1/20th, but by then I've reluctantly switched to using fill in flash.

Secondly I'll be looking for feedback on the viewscreen as to whether the exposure looks right. If the camera is having trouble getting the correct exposure either because of the subject or background I'll take a reading from a neutral colour and lock the exposure to that. Then if I have time and luck I'll start to move around the insect trying to get a more interesting background, or viewpoint.


Wow, thank you so much for the lengthy response. I really appreciate it. I have a Canon 30D with a 17-40 mm zoom lens, and am always so impressed by these close-up wildlife shots I often see from other photographers. I'm still learning (who isn't?), as I'm bad at understanding the technical side of things, and will hopefully be able to afford another lens in the future with a longer zoom. I've heard of "kenko extension tubes"-- people get some great snowflake photographs with those, but I haven;t really got a handle on the they work/attach to the camera.

Again, thanks, your response was helpful. :)

A zoom lens will always be a trade off wrt image quality. A prime (non-zoom) dedicated lens will potentially give you better results. OTOH a zoom is more versatile. Extension tubes fit between the camera body and the lens, reduce the minimum focusing distance so allow you to get 'closer' and thus give you a greater magnification. Because there is no extra optics involved the image quality is as good as the lens. A drawback is that they do extend the lens, so can make handling more difficult, the same is true of the larger zoom lens. Before switching to digital I used an OM10 with a vivitar 70-210 macro zoom, extension tubes, and sometimes 2X doubler. The combination was very difficult to handle and I needed quite a fast shutter speed to avoid camera shake. I could never use a tripod as I by the time I'd got it in place the insect had been scared off. I was hardly ever successful, some do manage it though, so its probably just me being clumsy.

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