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Feb 21, 2020 20:49 as a reply to  @ post 19013832 |  #3076

Sure looks like a member of the robber fly family.


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Feb 21, 2020 22:32 |  #3077

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Some more wasp portraits from yesterday, they really have got quite used to me turning up with camera and Speedlite.:-)

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Awesome!

How do you control the light from the flash? Do you use the flash in manual mode, and is it off camera?


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Feb 21, 2020 23:00 |  #3078

Scrumhalf wrote in post #19013984 (external link)
Awesome!

How do you control the light from the flash? Do you use the flash in manual mode, and is it off camera?

I have a Speedlite 600EX RT II mounted off camera with a Diffuser and I set it up so that the Diffuser is above the insect, i.e. overhead. I introduce the set up quite slowly and the wasps just ignore it - I guess Mother Nature did not program my set up into the Wasp DNA associated with the insects threat library.

The Spedlite is set to ETTL II Mode and I can dial in Flash Exposure Compensation from the rear LCD of the camera which is very handy.

Often a gust of wind will cause the nest to hit the Diffuser but again, the wasps take this in their stride.

We walk past their nest several times a day so I wonder if they are used to the proximity of humans?

They do seem quite passive whereas I have seen larger wasps that appear more agressive so I would probably not attempt the same with them if they nested.

The rig is similar to this older configuration, although I now use a larger Speedlite mounted Diffuser and have removed the curved Diffuser shown on the lens hood. Camera, Lens and Speedlite have been upgraded too.:-)

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Feb 21, 2020 23:46 |  #3079

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Feb 22, 2020 03:03 |  #3080

Archibald wrote in post #19013798 (external link)
A nice set of flies, Lester. (Well, I think the second one is a fly.)


Spencerphoto wrote in post #19013832 (external link)
Nice. The first one is a Robber Fly. Not sure about the second.

I was not sure about the second either - any suggestions welcome.


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Feb 24, 2020 10:11 |  #3081

My favorite bug shot from the old AE-1 days. The negative is showing some age. Probably not true macro, I'd reckon I was using a 50mm lens with a screw on close up filter.


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Feb 24, 2020 19:19 |  #3082

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Feb 24, 2020 20:20 as a reply to  @ JayLT's post |  #3083

Wow
Amazing insect & photo. Very nice



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Feb 24, 2020 20:22 |  #3084

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Great shot. An unlikely subject maybe, but it turned out very nice.


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Feb 25, 2020 00:43 |  #3085

avondale87 wrote in post #19015811 (external link)
Wow
Amazing insect & photo. Very nice

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Great shot. An unlikely subject maybe, but it turned out very nice.

Very unlikely subject! I was actually just going to test a couple new diffussers for the YN-24EX flash, but after looking at a couple quick test shots of one of these that was by my back door, I decided it might actually turn out to be a pretty interesting shot. The head is so narrow that it's almost all in focus, which was nice. Certainly odd looking, and not the most interesting location, being on my back wall, but overall it turned out nice!


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Feb 25, 2020 00:55 |  #3086

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Feb 25, 2020 02:07 |  #3087
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Feb 26, 2020 02:07 |  #3089

Say hello to my friendly wasps.:-)

The air was quite still, so I thought I'd use the Canon MP-E 65 F2.8 x1-x5 Dedicated macro lens (manual focus only) to see how close I could get to the nest. I had the lens fitted to the EOS R and I must say, the articulated rear LCD and the Manual Focus Assist were extremely useful.:-)

Either side of focus, there were 2 White Triangles which then converged as you approached Focus, and then these Overlapped and turned Green when in focus, a real boon for manual focusing under these conditions.

Lighting was very difficult, even with the off-camera diffused Speedlite, as the front of the lens was only a few cms from the nest.

As usual, these delightful insects did not appear to mind me getting so up close and personal.:-)

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Feb 26, 2020 12:09 |  #3090

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Say hello to my friendly wasps.:-)

The air was quite still, so I thought I'd use the Canon MP-E 65 F2.8 x1-x5 Dedicated macro lens (manual focus only) to see how close I could get to the nest. I had the lens fitted to the EOS R and I must say, the articulated rear LCD and the Manual Focus Assist were extremely useful.:-)

Either side of focus, there were 2 White Triangles which then converged as you approached Focus, and then these Overlapped and turned Green when in focus, a real boon for manual focusing under these conditions.

Lighting was very difficult, even with the off-camera diffused Speedlite, as the front of the lens was only a few cms from the nest.

As usual, these delightful insects did not appear to mind me getting so up close and personal.:-)

Cheers

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Wonderful shots!

I am intrigued by the focus assist (and don't have an EOS R). Is there an AF point that you place on the subject? And then the triangles do their thing? If so, isn't it hard to keep the AF point where it is supposed to be?


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