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Oct 16, 2011 20:09 |  #1

I found some time earlier this week to get some shots and managed to find some of these beetles around the yard. Subjects are definitely dwindling though. Saw a few wasps and small flies too.

All shot using Canon MP-E 65mm, most around 1:1 magnification. Diffused mt-24ex. Comments appreciated as usual :)

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Oct 16, 2011 21:49 |  #2

Nice shots!


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Oct 17, 2011 01:27 |  #3

Excellent series !
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Oct 17, 2011 12:55 |  #4

fine detail and control of reflections.


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Oct 17, 2011 13:30 as a reply to racketman's post |  #5

I have not gotten into macro much yet but I'm curious if you guys consider a CPL for reflection control?

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Oct 17, 2011 19:56 |  #6

Thanks for the kind comments guys. I've never tried a circular polarizer with macro.


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Oct 17, 2011 23:35 |  #7

Really great shots.


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Oct 17, 2011 23:59 as a reply to BasAndrews's post |  #8

You have some amazing macro shots in you flickr. I am just wondering which lens you use more often, 100mm f/2.8 or MP-E 65mm? How do you determine which one to use? What are the differences between these two lens in terms of macro shooting?

Amazing shots again. Thanks!


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Oct 18, 2011 01:02 |  #9

Hi Alan,

Thank you for the very kind comment. I really appreciate your words. :) I use the MP-E 65mm lens a lot more often lately for macro. It's capable of 5x magnification as opposed to around 1x one the 100mm f/2.8 (without extension tubes). I tend to shoot smaller subjects and shoot up close, and the MP-E setup I use with flash yields better results and has more versatility when shooting these small subjects. It's a specialized lens however, since you must be very close to the subject. The 100mm provides the range factor which is nice.

Typically I will pull the 100mm out if I want to shoot hand-held with natural light. It's great for larger critters like butterflies, dragonflies, bees, flowers, and even portraits. Both are great lenses, but since I've been fascinated with smaller subjects, the MP-E 65mm setup is usually attached to my camera. I thank many of the folks here for the help and inspiration. Great place to learn and nice reason to continue practicing.


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Oct 19, 2011 06:24 |  #10

Nice set, esp like the first two.


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Oct 19, 2011 08:24 |  #11

Nice series. I don't think I have seen this bug before. Did he find or deposit that drop in the last shot?


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Oct 19, 2011 16:20 |  #12

Thanks guys. @Mitch - Deposited, I shot a different one of these cucumber beetles and got a few series of it that looks like it is spitting out the little orange drop. I'll edit/crop a couple of those shots if you're interested in the behavior :)


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Oct 19, 2011 16:59 |  #13

All very nice shots! Dig 2 and 4.


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Oct 19, 2011 21:21 |  #14

very good series!


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