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Oct 29, 2015 03:25 |  #1

A dedicated parent building and guarding her nest. Doesn’t seem to mind my presence and allowed me to take several shots for stacking in Helicon Focus Version 6 which did an excellent job

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Oct 29, 2015 04:19 |  #2

Great job on the stacking, I don't find the background color very pleasing, but not much could had been done there :)


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Oct 29, 2015 16:12 |  #3

Awesome! I bet it would really look like the nest was coming out of the screen with one of those two-pic stereograms.




  
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Oct 29, 2015 18:13 |  #4

Excellent captures. That first one is outstanding.


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Oct 29, 2015 19:28 |  #5

BasAndrews wrote in post #17764912 (external link)
Excellent captures. That first one is outstanding.

agreed :) Very nice


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Oct 29, 2015 20:38 |  #6

Thanks for all your comments folks, I appreciate them.:-)

The Wasp made the nest in the corner of a wooden screen, with the stalk glued to a 4”x4” wooden post. The horizontal palings form the BG.
It is located near our wheelie bins and my wife first spotted the activity. I have been watching its behaviour over a few weeks and set up the rig on a tripod over a couple of hours so I didn’t spook the insect.

For the stack, I found that “Method C (pyramid)” in Helicon Focus V6 worked the best. Method B produced some ghosting.

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Oct 30, 2015 01:52 |  #7

Wonderful stacks
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Oct 30, 2015 06:20 |  #8

Awesome! :-)


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Nov 01, 2015 08:58 |  #9

Wonderful captures Dennis, great detail and nerve!


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Nov 02, 2015 02:40 |  #10

Lester Wareham wrote in post #17767872 (external link)
Wonderful captures Dennis, great detail and nerve!

Thanks Lester.:-)

Hah, not sure if I’m brave, naïve or just lucky! This was taken on a tripod with an off camera flash mounted on the wooden palings. I first placed the tripod, waited an hour or so, then the flash and finally I fitted the camera and the wasp buzzed each phase just to check things out. The wasp does not seem an aggressive type and is used to our movements around the bins, so I guess it never saw me as a threat.:-)

It was fascinating watching the insect through the viewfinder as it visited the larvae in the hexagonal chambers and built up the nest, extending the hexagonal tubes as the larvae grew.

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