Things That Fly ...

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Things that get overlooked, in the garden or field and on the computer. There are so many images of encounters that are never seen but once.














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  2. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
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    Mark, I always enjoy your macro photos. Someday I may end up with some work as good as yours. You and Piggsy inspire me.
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  3. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 28, 2014
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    Peter Campbell
    Somehow you've managed to kick it up to an even higher level. Simply amazing. Congrats.
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  4. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks Peter.

    Thanks Graham. It's not that difficult but does take practise, of the right stuff with the right setup. For my take on the process, almost complete, see my second sig link below.
  5. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL
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    Brilliant work and I enjoyed your macro "tutorial". Thanks for sharing your thoughts and technique
  6. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks Mike.
  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Such diffuse light - I'm guessing you use flash but how do you get the backgrounds not looking black?
  8. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    It's called dragging the shutter. Just lower the SS to allow some ambient, like here - Luna ... - background is 50m away, grey sky through trees. It's one place a short working distance works well, at 2 - 8" I can hold the creatures platform and rest lens tip on same hand/arm for stability - one moves with the other - less chance of movement blur. My flash setup is 1/5th the way down my second sig link page below, and explained there.
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  9. magicaxeman

    magicaxeman Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 27, 2016
    Essex UK
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    Mark these are simply stunning, especially the first shot, theres so much detail there.
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  10. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2012
    Mark, your photos are stunning, gorgeous, hard to find words really. Very inspiring - I (and I am sure others) want to try and take macro shots. Please share info on your equipment, post pictures of how you setup to take these photos, etc. I took a look at your website, but its essential one big page and so it takes a long time for all the photos to load. Looking at your website, it seems that your equipment and techniques have evolved and improved over the years. It would be helpful if you could discuss what you are currently using/doing to get these amazing shots. Thanks!
  11. quickeye

    quickeye Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 16, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
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    Really excellent photos, thanks for sharing!
  12. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
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    what is this one? Posture looks like one of the Australian native bees (like a blue banded bee but not that)

    I only think of it being that because of the way its clasping by its mandibles ... I assume its "sleeping"

    Beautiful work ... as always
  13. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
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    Superb stuff - as always! :bowdown:
  14. QualityBuiltIn

    QualityBuiltIn Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Great pictures - but I'm so glad I don't live where you live. Some scary looking beasties there.
  15. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 29, 2014
  16. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'm not sure I've ever seen higher quality macros.
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  17. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 2, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    I posted a set of something very similar a while ago on flickr and someone told me it was likely a cuckoo bee called Coelioxys albolineata. The shot is even more impressive when you realise how small they actually are - the ones I find around are usually only roughly between long legged fly and small hoverfly sized and if you're only at 1:1 you don't get a particularly close up looking shot.
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  18. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
  19. alainwong

    alainwong Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 18, 2012
    Really amazing work, Mark. Wow! Good job.
  20. dweller

    dweller Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 14, 2012
    London, UK
    great selection of shots - thanks for sharing