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Don Ellis
16th of May 2004 (Sun), 21:26
...or at least perpetuating the species.

This is the "male superior" position, in which the male feels superior when he can figure out a way through the polka-dot armor.

http://www.kleptography.com/dl/fm/ladybugs.jpg

They're on a pumpkin flower and they have such a high shine, I'm surprised not to be able to see myself.

They're also a thank-for all the nice commments on my javelin-wielding pumpkin plant. Both shots were taken the same afternoon.

Don

Canon G2, +15 diopters, no shame.

PhotosGuy
16th of May 2004 (Sun), 22:24
Excellent! Great colors.

CyberDyneSystems
16th of May 2004 (Sun), 22:55
This is a sweet image.. the shine on them.. looks like a couple of fancy high gloss biker helmets!

c0ntr0lz
16th of May 2004 (Sun), 23:13
great pic
details??

Don Ellis
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 01:41
FrankC... thank you.

CDS... that's one of the great reasons to post here... for others' insights into helmets and all sorts of things. Thanks.

c0ntr0lz... thanks... I'll post details when I get back to my other computer. I seldom think about doing it these days.

In the meantime, I can offer the technique I use to get things in focus using +15 diopers: I half-press the shutter to get something (anything) in focus and then I move the camera in and out slightly until I see exactly what I want in focus. The depth of field is so shallow that you need to make decisions on anything that's not perfectly flat.

Cheers,

Don

c0ntr0lz
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 01:48
i'll have to try that Don thanks

Don Ellis
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 02:33
i'll have to try that Don thanks
Hi... I just reread my description of focusing and it wasn't too focused... so I added a couple of words that help it make more sense.

Don

marie
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 09:06
that is beautiful Don
polka dot amour in their polka dot armor :lol:

they are so tiny to photograph :shock:

it's almost like a reflection of the ladybird itself
and what a beautiful pumpkin flower.
lovely shot

:)

Don Ellis
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 09:08
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that is beautiful Don
polka dot amour in their polka dot armor :lol:
:)

That is one of your best, Marie... wish I'd thought of it.

Thank you.

Don

Don Ellis
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 09:12
great pic
details??

Full disclosure...

File: CRW_2796.CRW
File size: 2,493KB
Image Serial Number: 227-2796
Camera Model: Canon PowerShot G2
Firmware: Firmware Version 1.10
Owner: Don Ellis
Date/Time: 2004:05:15 16:09:36
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 4.0
Exposure mode: Program
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Single frame shooting
ISO: 50
Lens: 7.0 to 21.0 mm
Focal length: 12.0mm
Subject distance: 0.292 m (that would be wrong)
Macro focus: On
AF mode: Single AF
Focus point: [Center]
Image size: 2272 x 1704
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Saturation: Low
Sharpness: Low
Contrast: Low

+15 diopters, as I mentioned.
Saturation, sharpness and contrast all set to low and not enhanced in Photoshop.

s00pcan
17th of May 2004 (Mon), 13:47
Not as good but hey. Took it yesterday.
http://www.skateflint.com/photos/bugs.jpg