Wonderful macro session


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melvynyeo

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Had a wonderful macro session and mother nature has been kind.

#1 2 scorpion-like bug (they may be scorpion) clamping on a beetle.
Lighting is poor so I rely on heavily on flash. To prevent black BG, I place a leaf behind.


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melvynyeo

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#5 Harsh flash:embrass:


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OMG wow
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where is this place??
 

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I have a wonderful viewing session and you have been so kind to share :)

Very captivating, like discovery channel.

Care to share your setup and whereabout in S'pore to find such beauties ?

Sorry if its a naive question as I'm new to the world of insects photography.

Thanks again for sharing!
 

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onghm said:
I have a wonderful viewing session and you have been so kind to share :)

Very captivating, like discovery channel.

Care to share your setup and whereabout in S'pore to find such beauties ?

Sorry if its a naive question as I'm new to the world of insects photography.

Thanks again for sharing!
You are too kind:)

The last 3 were taken at macritchie res yesterday while the rest were taken at lower pierce res today. They are alway there and luck plays an important role in finding them.

My setup is canon 350D + tamron 90mm and vivitar 285Hv flash.

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Rheo said:
OMG wow
:bigeyes:

where is this place??
Thanks Rheo. The place is as above:)
 

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Lovely series!

Really enjoyed #4! Is that a Lynx or wolf spider? cos the eyes looked funny....and looks really old too!

#1, #2, #3, #4 and #6 I find them :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

For #5, abit too tightly cropped.
#7 is a very interesting and vibrant subject. The exposure on face is good, but the yellow spots are blown. Would have preferred the tail to be within the frame too.
#8 is nice, but would have preferred a wider view, and cleaner BG.

Thank for sharing! Can see you enjoyed yourself! congrats!
 

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tks for sharing ..
 

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Fanstastic shots as usual Melvyn :thumbsup:

#7 & #8 are my favorites :).
 

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ooohhhhh!! one of your best series...I like #3:thumbsup:
 

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tchuanye said:
Lovely series!

Really enjoyed #4! Is that a Lynx or wolf spider? cos the eyes looked funny....and looks really old too!

#1, #2, #3, #4 and #6 I find them :thumbsup:

For #5, abit too tightly cropped.
#7 is a very interesting and vibrant subject. The exposure on face is good, but the yellow spots are blown. Would have preferred the tail to be within the frame too.
#8 is nice, but would have preferred a wider view, and cleaner BG.

Thank for sharing! Can see you enjoyed yourself! congrats!
Thanks for your detail comments:)

#4 should be a wolf spider. They carried they eggs on their back and hunt in the grass. I post one with an egg sac recently. I go dig later and post here for those who's interested.

#5 I just want to capture the damselfly expression when mating;p

#7 I have the habit to fire the shutter without really thinking:embrass: especially if it's the first time I spotted the insect. I only had one in this angle but the as you had mention, the tail is cut off. The rest is closeup of the head. Lesson learnt I hope.

#8 I also hope so. The problem with shorter lens 90mm in this situation is that if I up the dof say f16, the BG look like ****, if I shoot in f5-6 I have very nice BG but the dof sucks. This pict is taken at f10. I tried to reposition it but hop away.

 

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nice shots melvyn. I find most of them too tightly cropped.

#6 is good, but could have used a higher DOF.

Have you tried using the second curtain sync setting on the 350D?
Noted.:)

#6 is shot at 1:1 and at f16. The long legs are difficult to capture in focus so I doubt f22 would do the trick. If I would do it again, I will back off abit and crop to achieve 1:1.

To be very frank, I don't even read my manual yet:embrass: I just learn where to access the function I need and off I go. I don't even understand what the purpose of second curtain. :confused: Too lazy I guess.
 

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Thanks simon80, nyxx88, Mendis, ortega and Sjourn :)
 

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Incredible series Melvyn! Clarity, color and details are all top notch! :thumbsup: Faves are #1, #3 and #8.

Just one question...did you handhold ur combo or shot from a tripod?
 

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Thanks zcf and Garion for your kind comments:)

All these were taken handheld. Still did not have the discipline to use tripod :embrass:
 

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what a nice pic. Didn't know that tamron macro len so nice.
 

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Fantastic pictures!

Those scorpion-like bugs could be what are known as pseudo-scorpions. They are like tail-less and sting-less scorpions. Not much is known about the species in Singapore. From what i remembered, these creatures tend to hide under flaky tree bark or in leaf litter. Not sure what are they doing on the bug :think:
 

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