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Nov 15, 2020 08:37 as a reply to  @ post 19152094 |  #5131

Very cool looking critter, like a cross between a beetle & a moth.




  
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Nov 15, 2020 11:14 |  #5132

S.R.M. wrote in post #19152273 (external link)
Another mother shield bug with freshly-hatched baby buglings :)

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Love it! Wonderful pic.

I'm a bit confused, though, about what they are up to. Is this just a short-duration defensive posture? I mean, the little ones have to go out and eat and grow, and you can't do that sheltered under your mom.


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Nov 18, 2020 00:26 |  #5133

Robber fly.


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Nov 18, 2020 01:19 |  #5134

My wife spotted these today, so I grabbed the EOS R5 and used Focus Bracketing (hand held) to extend the depth of focus.

I think they may be some type of Shield Bug?

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Nov 18, 2020 07:00 as a reply to  @ nardes's post |  #5135

This one is a real bug, the western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis). It is an accidental introduction into Europe and occasionally there are large numbers of them. This guy arrived in the garden this morning and proceeded to enjoy the pansies.

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Nov 18, 2020 10:01 |  #5136

nardes wrote in post #19153688 (external link)
My wife spotted these today, so I grabbed the EOS R5 and used Focus Bracketing (hand held) to extend the depth of focus.

I think they may be some type of Shield Bug?

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Very nice, Dennis. The photo is sharp and has an interesting graphics quality too. Great to work with the focus bracketing. I need to explore that too, but don't have the adapter yet.


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Nov 18, 2020 10:03 |  #5137

ECC233 wrote in post #19153780 (external link)
This one is a real bug, the western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis). It is an accidental introduction into Europe and occasionally there are large numbers of them. This guy arrived in the garden this morning and proceeded to enjoy the pansies.

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Nicely done, Edwin. I didn't know Europe suffered from introduced species too.


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Nov 18, 2020 10:31 as a reply to  @ nardes's post |  #5138

One of these things would look creepy enough, but that many I'd have some issues for awhile myself. Great images though.


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Nov 18, 2020 10:54 as a reply to  @ ndcisiv's post |  #5139

And here is one that Europe seems to have introduced to North America. These things are truly horrible. Lipoptena cervi, the deer louse fly. They cling to your hair and bite. This one is on my wife's fleece – for some reason she did not want to stay still while I took the shots!

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Nov 18, 2020 11:34 |  #5140

ECC233 wrote in post #19153846 (external link)
And here is one that Europe seems to have introduced to North America. These things are truly horrible. Lipoptena cervi, the deer louse fly. They cling to your hair and bite. This one is on my wife's fleece – for some reason she did not want to stay still while I took the shots!

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Nasty! But a good shot of one. It looks tiny.


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Nov 18, 2020 14:11 |  #5141

Archibald wrote in post #19153822 (external link)
Very nice, Dennis. The photo is sharp and has an interesting graphics quality too. Great to work with the focus bracketing. I need to explore that too, but don't have the adapter yet.

Thanks Ed, the FB on the R5 does work very well and these were taken in natural light, no flash required.:-)

I tried auto stacking with Helicon Focus but the final stack was polluted by a plethora of unwanted multiple legs and antennae where the insects had either bodily moved or just moved body parts between frames. To get around this, I manually selected the best 6 frames out of the 20 I shot and opened them as Layers in PS CC, then I used the Align function in PS CC to Align the Layers then I manually blended the sharpest parts using Layer Masks.

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Nov 18, 2020 15:58 |  #5142

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Thanks Ed, the FB on the R5 does work very well and these were taken in natural light, no flash required.:-)

I tried auto stacking with Helicon Focus but the final stack was polluted by a plethora of unwanted multiple legs and antennae where the insects had either bodily moved or just moved body parts between frames. To get around this, I manually selected the best 6 frames out of the 20 I shot and opened them as Layers in PS CC, then I used the Align function in PS CC to Align the Layers then I manually blended the sharpest parts using Layer Masks.

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That is cool. I have done focus stacking in PS but not as selectively as you describe. Sounds a bit time-consuming but sounds very useful for situations when the subject moves.


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Nov 18, 2020 16:33 |  #5143

Archibald wrote in post #19153978 (external link)
That is cool. I have done focus stacking in PS but not as selectively as you describe. Sounds a bit time-consuming but sounds very useful for situations when the subject moves.

I have never done any stacking. How would stacking work if/when the subject does move?


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Nov 18, 2020 16:35 |  #5144

Archibald wrote in post #19153978 (external link)
That is cool. I have done focus stacking in PS but not as selectively as you describe. Sounds a bit time-consuming but sounds very useful for situations when the subject moves.

Helicon Focus has an excellent tool/capability of fixing stacking problems.

The final stacked image is displayed in a Window of the RHS and you can navigate through all the frames that make up the stack in a LHS Window.

So, where you may have multiple antennae in the final stack, where one frame is tack sharp and the other contributors are a little blurry, you just navigate to the source image with the tack sharp antennae in the LHS WIndow to make it active, and then in the RHS (stacked final) you just paint in the tack sharp segment and it removes all the unwanted blurry stuff. Sounds complicated but once you use it, is becomes very simple and easy.

Here is a screen capture showing the re-touching display.

I find it much easier to do this kind of local re-touching in Helicon Soft as it is targeted and guided.

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Nov 18, 2020 17:20 |  #5145

nardes wrote in post #19153999 (external link)
Helicon Focus has an excellent tool/capability of fixing stacking problems.

The final stacked image is displayed in a Window of the RHS and you can navigate through all the frames that make up the stack in a LHS Window.

So, where you may have multiple antennae in the final stack, where one frame is tack sharp and the other contributors are a little blurry, you just navigate to the source image with the tack sharp antennae in the LHS WIndow to make it active, and then in the RHS (stacked final) you just paint in the tack sharp segment and it removes all the unwanted blurry stuff. Sounds complicated but once you use it, is becomes very simple and easy.

Here is a screen capture showing the re-touching display.

I find it much easier to do this kind of local re-touching in Helicon Soft as it is targeted and guided.

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Yes, Zerene has a similar capability. But I thought you said you used PS for this.

Charles, what Dennis said. Basically you find an image with the sharp antenna or leg and clone it in, then repeat for the next out of focus part.


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