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A few recent shots from Topanga Canyon

 
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Aug 22, 2012 15:27 |  #1

Took another hike in Topanga State Park last Saturday. Although it is hot and dry as a bone out there (almost nothing green is left), there is certainly still insect activity.

Thanks for looking :)

Robber Fly:

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Mating Bagrada Bugs:

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Many stages of Bagrada Bug life cycle in one exposure:

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Pavement Ants hollowing out a Wood Louse:

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Assassin Bug:

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Some sort of Bombyliidae, I guess:

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Nervous Grasshopper:

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Aug 22, 2012 15:53 |  #2

Wow, stunning!! Can I ask what you used for those? I looked at your gear list...honestly, I don't know what the Raynox is, but I heard of someone else using it with a 55-250mm.

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Aug 22, 2012 16:11 |  #3

Simply wonderful shots Ryan.


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Aug 22, 2012 16:39 |  #4

impressive work with that 180mm macro. Your lighting setup is spot on as well!


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Aug 22, 2012 16:54 |  #5

enjoyed the whole set ryan.
love your lighting.


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Aug 22, 2012 17:14 |  #6

Thanks a lot, folks :)

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Wow, stunning!! Can I ask what you used for those? I looked at your gear list...honestly, I don't know what the Raynox is, but I heard of someone else using it with a 55-250mm.

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Raynox DCR-250

Ace, I used a Canon 60D body and the MP-E 65mm lens for all these shots. All were handheld using a 580exii flash shot into my handmade flash diffuser (https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1198544). I get relatively soft light by bouncing the flash rather than diffusing it directly, and I get a little more background than some flash photographers by shooting at 1/100 and ISO 200 rather than 1/200 and ISO 100. The loss of detail at ISO 200 is irritating, but I have decided that it's worth it to gain a stop's worth of background light.


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Aug 22, 2012 17:58 |  #7

Thanks Ryan! Your shots are beautiful! ...I have soooo much to learn (and buy) to start shooting macro correctly :(


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Aug 22, 2012 18:30 |  #8

Ace and Deuce wrote in post #14893633 (external link)
Thanks Ryan! Your shots are beautiful! ...I have soooo much to learn (and buy) to start shooting macro correctly :(

But of course, learning new stuff is where the fun is! Buying stuff isn't so great, but luckily macro photography is one of the cheapest genres of photography. I would love to do more bird photography, but I don't have $20,000 to get the right gear, so I stick to what's cheap.


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Aug 22, 2012 22:19 |  #9

Absolutley beautiful shots. I just got my 100mm macro in, but I don't have my body or flash yet. I can't wait to head up to Topanga and/or Towsley Canyon looking for some shots like this.


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Aug 23, 2012 01:26 |  #10

Wonderful series !
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Aug 23, 2012 01:48 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #11

Gorgeous images...Beautiful colors and fine detail.


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Aug 23, 2012 10:41 |  #12

Thanks, Brian and Mark. C.J., you will enjoy Topanga Canyon for macro, but remember that the earlier you get out there, the better. When the sun is high in the sky and it gets hot and dry, the critters become super active and difficult to approach. The absolute best time to go is early in the morning when the marine layer is in and everything has a layer of moisture on it. Good luck!


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Aug 23, 2012 10:51 |  #13

Bloody marvellous! :D


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Aug 23, 2012 18:35 |  #14

Thanks for the for the info Ryan. I haven't been into photography a bunch since 35mm. I've had a G9 for the last 6 years and I'm trying to play catchup.


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Aug 23, 2012 21:33 |  #15

This is definitely one my favor sets of shots for variety to date. The Robber, Ants and Assassin Bug, all very nice! I dig that ant image. Like they are cleaning a chicken bone.


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