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Jun 12, 2007 16:15 |  #1

These shots were taken with my newly aquired Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro lens. The sigma ring flash was used in ETTL mode.

I found this insect, a male stag beetle by chance when I was mowing the lawn. He was easy to spot as he was about 3 inches long. So i rounded him up and placed him on a wood pile at the bottom of the garden. It was all I could manage to keep him on the wood as he was quite lively and sure didn't want to stay still and have his portrait done. Luckily I only got 'nipped' once :shock:

The camera was set on manual and p.Fn-16 was set so the shutter would only trip when the beasty was in focus.

Any comments welcome at my first real attemps at macro work. Thanks for looking.

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Jun 12, 2007 16:43 |  #2

Scuff wrote in post #3366107 (external link)
These shots were taken with my newly aquired Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro lens. The sigma ring flash was used in ETTL mode.

I found this insect, a male stag beetle by chance when I was mowing the lawn. He was easy to spot as he was about 3 inches long. So i rounded him up and placed him on a wood pile at the bottom of the garden. It was all I could manage to keep him on the wood as he was quite lively and sure didn't want to stay still and have his portrait done. Luckily I only got 'nipped' once :shock:

The camera was set on manual and p.Fn-16 was set so the shutter would only trip when the beasty was in focus.

Any comments welcome at my first real attemps at macro work. Thanks for looking.

Great shots! I like the natural colours.. I would like to see some more from this lens, maybe smaller subjects?
You are very lucky to have a stag beetle in your garden as numbers are declining I believe!


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Jun 12, 2007 19:52 |  #3

Great shots of a great insect. I remember, as child I always wanted to find one, but never did.


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Jun 13, 2007 00:49 |  #4

Wonderful shots of a wonderful beetle- haven't seen any of these for a few years.
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Jun 13, 2007 01:01 |  #5

nice shots , grats on the new lens and flash ring :mrgreen: ,you'v made my mined up to get a flash ring for my 150


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Jun 13, 2007 02:20 |  #6

Very nice shots, never seen any of these and I am just up the road from you.


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Jun 13, 2007 02:24 as a reply to  @ Courierman's post |  #7

Thank you all for your kind comments.

The ringflash is very versatile with adjustable power output for each flash tube. I'll keep experimenting to find its limits.

The 150mm is pretty good, it seems very well built and focusses quickly and quietly, so I am pleasantly surprised.

I'm still waiting for the 72mm adapter though - so the flash sits precariously on the end of the lens untill the adapter ring arrives.

I'm still undecided about p.Fn-16. but it did allow quite a reasonable percentage of 'hits'.


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Jun 13, 2007 02:38 |  #8

great subject for photography and you did a good job, I've only seen dead ones so far this year. Found one last year but only had the MPE which cant get much more than the head & thorax. I picked it up and got a painful pinch from the 'antlers' for my trouble.


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Jun 13, 2007 03:14 |  #9

Excellent photos, Scuff, esp the last one. Well done! --Rick


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Jun 13, 2007 04:05 |  #10
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LordV wrote in post #3368476 (external link)
Wonderful shots of a wonderful beetle- haven't seen any of these for a few years.
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Agreed. I haven't seen any of these at all :(

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Jun 13, 2007 04:14 |  #11

Nicely done. Great looking beetle.


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Jun 13, 2007 18:26 as a reply to  @ Attic's post |  #12

Another from the new lens and flash.

Slight lack of sharpness due to my technique - but I just love the colours

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Jun 13, 2007 18:32 |  #13

Scuff,never mind about sharp,just wonderful shots,thank God I'm over here in NYC,don't think I'll run into any beatles like your friend anytime soon. Wonderful work thanks for the view. Steve B.




  
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