The creepy crawly thread.....

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  1. Geedee

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    Having seen a lot of pics from you guys recently while you are out and about taking pics, there are a lot of macro shots being shown.

    Thought it might be an idea to start a thread for these close up shots of the insect kingdom. If it creeps, crawls, slithers, fly's, swims ...whatever, add your shots with a quick 'one-liner' describing where, when why etc.

    I'll start the ball rolling with...
    1. Common Garden Spider, back garden. Nearly put my head in its web before I saw it !
    2. Common Garden Spider, back garden, different area.
    3. Common Garden Spider, top view. Check out the spikes all over it !!!!!
    4. Ant dragging a Hornet away to the nest for eating later. Cyprus. Strong little dude aint he !
    5.Praying Mantis. Outside my bedroom window while I was in Cyprus a week ago.
    6. High speed snail...check out the racing stripes !.. on a thorny plant of some sort. I didnt have to ask him to stay still for this shot !
    7. Head on with a Fritilary (I think) on a wild flower
     

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    Awesome shots! I had to do an insect project last year! The teacher kept the insects though, or I would've posted them :D
     
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    Great shots Gary....
     
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    Fantastic shots Gary. Did you have a good holiday in Cyprus, lovely Island, lived in Limassol for 3 years while in the RAF. That was before the invasion, but I've been back a few times since.
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    Nice ones, Gary. I really like the second spider shot with the shadow in the background. :thumbleft:
     
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    Excellent shots! I like the ant.
     
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    I really like the Mantis shot.
     
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    Nice shots Gary!
     
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    Cool shots, Gary!

    I especially like the spider photos :thumbleft:

    Here's a shot of some fish I took last year...makes ya' just want to get out the frying pan, don't it?
     

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    Sweet stuff mate!
     
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    Cheers guys. Lets see what you've got !

    Crickey mate, I'm impressed !. I have enough problems with dust spot, let alone algae spots !:lol:
     
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    lmao @ "algea spots" on the lens! There's a "special" technique I use to get the fish shots, but those are very real fish and they are in the Sacramento river.

    How about a few more critters, then?

    IMG 1: Leaf Hopper - not the best shot, but shows some cool detail and proves you can be too close with a Macro lense...
    IMG 2: Praying Mantis
    IMG 3:[/IMG] Praying mantis at night...notice his eyes...
    IMG 4: Young Black Widow
     

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    Nice! Next time I have a spider... I'll get my camera, and then the book.... (to kill it. )
     
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    #15 Aaron Brooks Wolters, Sep 27, 2009
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    Great idea for a thread Gary!!:thumbleft: And excellent shots so far you two! :shocked!: :cool: Oh, and Harrison, please don't bash the spiders unless they are lethal please:oops: Sorry, I just think they are neat, that's all .
     
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    Sorry, I just don't like black hairy spiders......
     
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    That night shot of the Mantis is spectacular. Did you use a flash on an extension ?, great lighting.
    I do like the Mantis, they are pretty unique in the insect world as they have binocular vision (even though they have huge insect like eye's (Duh !). Its a very peculiar sensation when you have a Mantis on a stick or in a jar and you turn it around....the Mantis will move its head and watch you....its bl**dy spooky to be on the receiving end of a Mantis stare !!!

    I've discovered an old circular 'ring' flash (fits around the camera lens) whilst ferreting around in the loft today. If it'll fit my Canon, I'm going to have some fun later on..if not, its going on the Bay
     
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    #18 Aaron Brooks Wolters, Sep 27, 2009
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    Mantis are a lot of fun. The one that I got some shots of in my thread would turn her head and watch me as if sizing me up for the next meal.:lol: I got a few from behind her with her looking back at me but they were just a little to underexposed. And Harrison, I understand. I have nightmares about blackwidows crawling all over me.:eeeeek:
     
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    Glad everyone likes my critters! :lol:

    There are a few insects that seem to be more advanced than other insects, Praying mantises are one and there are some Grasshoppers seem to have a similiar "intellect".

    I used the Pentax's onboard flash with the settings on Floral, which pulses the flash in such a way that it reduces shadowing in closeups.

    I've seen those circular flashes, don't know how well they work, but it seems like a good idea...and if it doesn't work on your Canon, I wonder how well it would work on a Pentax...hehe

    Actually, I've been thinking about a thread where we can discuss our cameras, techniques and equipment, I think it would be a great way to learn some new stuff and give us a chance to "show off" our gear!
     
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    I'll post you a Red Back when I find one H, not a hair on them.

    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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