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Posted by blackfox: Sun Apr 21st, 2019 11:04 1st Post
can't find anywhere else to post it on here so yet another new section ,hopefully other will add to it . I'll start from some taken yesterday with the d7200 and sigma 150-600 C  handheld 

















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Posted by Robert: Sun Apr 21st, 2019 12:41 2nd Post
Very nice Jeff, outstanding for hand held with such a big lens.

Yes, anyone with close up's of insects and other nature subjects should post them in this Theme Topic.  Thanks for starting it Jeff.



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Posted by chrisbet: Mon Apr 22nd, 2019 13:33 3rd Post
Before I had a long lens - had to get up close to catch this one.



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Posted by blackfox: Mon Apr 22nd, 2019 19:37 4th Post
nice Chris



Posted by jk: Tue May 21st, 2019 17:58 5th Post
Nice images Jeff.
Excellent bluebell and butterfly shots.

All shot with the 150-600mm or some with the 60mm?



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue May 21st, 2019 22:39 6th Post
More good work Jeff well done not much wrong with that lens.Poppy seed from me.

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu May 23rd, 2019 13:29 7th Post
A flower pix for Robert from our garden!

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Posted by blackfox: Fri May 24th, 2019 12:47 8th Post
pair of courting damselflies from thurs 
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Posted by jk: Fri May 24th, 2019 13:33 9th Post
I think that 150-600 is undersold.
Long telephoto, macro, general purpose lens.
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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 24th, 2019 15:46 10th Post
I agree with JK you have a very good lens and skill to use it to get quality sharp images.
More modes close-up in garden today with D500 and standard 18-140 AF-S Lens. I find this is a super lens for most "normal Photography" and as sharp as many other Nikon lenses at several times the price and I picked this one up 2nd hand for £250.

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Posted by blackfox: Fri May 24th, 2019 22:24 11th Post
I still think my old panasonic g80 micro four thirds and the Leica 100-400 is better for close ups though here's one the wife took yesterday with my old kit the image speaks for itself and she's not used it much at all yet 
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Posted by blackfox: Thu May 30th, 2019 15:53 12th Post
a bee in the front garden this morning , love the motion blur from the wings , this is with the sigma lens and the D3s .. still practicing with this one 
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Posted by blackfox: Tue Jul 16th, 2019 09:02 13th Post
some from last nights walk along the estuary d7200 + nikon 60mm macro 


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Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed Jul 17th, 2019 09:32 14th Post
You live in a wonderful area Jeff, more good pixs!

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Posted by Iain: Thu Jul 18th, 2019 17:46 15th Post
Another one with the sigma 150-600mm and D500. This one was short listed on outdoor photographer of the year.
If you look the right of the stick you can see the Exuvia it came from.

Four-spot-chaser by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



Posted by jk: Thu Jul 18th, 2019 17:56 16th Post
Cracking good photo Iain.
So sharp and great capture to have the exuvia as well.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri Jul 19th, 2019 16:15 17th Post
Ian thats as good as it gets!



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Posted by blackfox: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 14:34 18th Post
another fun day with the 60mm macro yesterday ,getting to like this lens a lot ,light and easy to use 











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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 10:08 19th Post
Jeff some of those are working very well. Not easy and depth of field is never enough. The stacking tests I did would not help you at all with live inscets! I think some of the experts in this field freze the poor old insect then take stacking series of images in a studio or very wind free place. Not my interest and way out of my comfort zone.
Your doing well keep up the good work.



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Posted by blackfox: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 07:04 20th Post
Cheers graham , I have owned and used several macro lenses over the years in various lengths I.e 105/150/180  but this little 60mm seems to outdo them all ,it’s so light and manouverable considering getting a  LED  ring light flash  for it now I have sorted out the filter threads .. not bad results for a £45 lens



Posted by Robert: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 19:23 21st Post
I bought one new and when I got my D1 it was my only lens because I sold all my other Nikon lenses and gear inc. my beloved Bronica S2a to buy my first serious digital camera, it seemed the way things were moving at the time.

It was a while before I could afford the 80-200 f/2.8 to accompany it.

In the end I replaced it with an old Nikkor micro 55mm f/2.8 ai which I much prefer.



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Posted by blackfox: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 20:07 22nd Post
Please expand on that statement Robert , why is a shorter manual focus lens preferable over the 60mm . There seem to be quiet a few around at a good price SELL ME ON ONE



Posted by jk: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 20:35 23rd Post
For macro with static objects (therefore not wildlife) then a wideangle or shorter focal length lens provides greater magnification for less extension.   

Also never forget that a simple reversed lens makes for a great macro.
Just get one of these or similar.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52mm-Macro-Reverse-Lens-Adapter-Protection-Filter-Ring-Nikon-AI-F-Mount/273623831652?hash=item3fb5405464:g:7YAAAOSwVAtcH~5h

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52mm-Reverse-Macro-Adapter-For-Nikon-Al-F-Mount-Lens-Protection-Filter-Ring-UK/262872713011?epid=920861202&hash=item3d346f4733:g:KC4AAOSw2gxYwE2H



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Posted by Robert: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 21:07 24th Post
I think the simple early lenses are easier to use because the focal length is constant. The focal length of the 60D varies considerably to enable the lens to be autofocus.  I almost never use autofocus with a close up lens because I want to focus exactly where I choose not where the camera chooses.  It was handy when I copied about 3500 pages of text to convert to PDF because as I turned the pages it compensated for the gradual change in distance between the camera and the current page in the book which was about 2inches thick.  For photographing three dimensional subjects particularly flowers and insects I want full control.  The AF generally focusses on the central parts closest to the camera but that can waste half the available depth of focus of the air in front of the flower when I could have been focusing further back into the flower and yet still giving acceptably sharp detail in the front parts.

I understand the local length of the 60D reduces to something like 40mm to enable it to get to 1:1 by AF, that isn't what I want.  The AF 105D pulls the same trick. With the earlier design, 105 f/4 and 55 f/2.8, the elements all move together in one group as you focus, with the AF-D lenses they move in two or three groups rather like a zoom lens as you focus.

My copy of the 60D developed fungus and I was offered a 55, f/2.8 which I snapped up.  I sold the lens on eBay and the buyer kicked off because he didn't understand that to get the AE to work you have to lock the aperture ring.  The argument went on for some days before he finally realised his mistake.  I don't regret parting with the AF-D version, on the contrary I am very happy with the older one with which I have taken some of my best flower pictures, generally moving back and forth (rather than focusing) to get the DoF where I want it for optimal focus.

Generally the older, Nikkor micro 55 f/2.8 lenses are reasonably priced because most buyers want AF.  Try one and see for yourself.



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Posted by jk: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 21:20 25th Post
Is this what you were talking about......
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nikon-55mm-f2-8-Micro-Nikkor-Macro-Prime-Lens/233303570624?hash=item3651f9f8c0:g:23wAAOSw1Glc2d1J

This is a nice setup.  Shame it is in USA.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NIKON-MICRO-NIKKOR-105mm-F-4-Ai-LENS-NIKON-PN-11-EXT-TUBE-1-1-MACRO-MINT/233299113754?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D57923%26meid%3D1f4a24726c7c43d4bf0d468b29798bb2%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D233303570624%26itm%3D233299113754%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851



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Posted by jk: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 21:23 26th Post
This is a very nice lens.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nikon-AIS-105mm-f4-Micro-Nikkor-Lens-Graded-EXC-5690/232328168771?hash=item3617d68543:g:xUoAAOSwMvpb1aAU



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Posted by Robert: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 21:31 27th Post
jk wrote:
Is this what you were talking about......
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nikon-55mm-f2-8-Micro-Nikkor-Macro-Prime-Lens/233303570624?hash=item3651f9f8c0:g:23wAAOSw1Glc2d1J

This is a nice setup.  Shame it is in USA.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NIKON-MICRO-NIKKOR-105mm-F-4-Ai-LENS-NIKON-PN-11-EXT-TUBE-1-1-MACRO-MINT/233299113754?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D57923%26meid%3D1f4a24726c7c43d4bf0d468b29798bb2%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D233303570624%26itm%3D233299113754%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
Yes, exactly.

The 105 with the PN11 is lovely and not too expensive really, shipping and VAT are the killers from the US.

I have thoughts about making my own PN11 using the lathe, the F mount isn't that difficult to make, just needs precision and patience with some custom tooling which is easy enough to make.



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Posted by Robert: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 21:38 28th Post
jk wrote:
This is a very nice lens.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nikon-AIS-105mm-f4-Micro-Nikkor-Lens-Graded-EXC-5690/232328168771?hash=item3617d68543:g:xUoAAOSwMvpb1aAU
That's the same as mine, superb bokeh, I've had mine three or four years now, it's really good when I need to throw the background out of focus nicely, yet show off a beautiful flower.  Can't remember what I paid.

I do remember the first time I used it was at the Pitlochry Explorers Garden.



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Posted by blackfox: Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 22:10 29th Post
I’m away for a few days next week so I won’t order anything yet in case I miss the delivery , sort it out when back



Posted by blackfox: Sun Aug 4th, 2019 21:29 30th Post
few more butterfly shots from today with the 60mm macro could really have done with a longer lens ,but I have a manual focus Tokina 60-300 here that has a half decent macro at the top end I might use tomorrow. 





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Posted by blackfox: Mon Aug 5th, 2019 21:48 31st Post
couple of shots from my panasonic MFT rig today . shows how close you can get with a 800mm equiv. reach 





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Posted by blackfox: Sat Aug 17th, 2019 17:30 32nd Post
a couple from my new 28-105mm D lens this morning . the macro seems to work far better on this than any previous zoom with macro facility lenses I have used previously 


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Posted by blackfox: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 09:38 33rd Post
another of Saturdays shots , changed the p.o.v from upright to horizontal seems to work better imho
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Posted by Robert: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 12:14 34th Post
It's handier not to have to scroll the screen...  That is a stunner, the contrast and colour depth is really eye catching, well done, what camera - lens?!



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Posted by blackfox: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 17:24 35th Post
It was my D7200 and the Nikon 28-105mm D with a macro switch rob ... loving this little lens



Posted by Robert: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 19:57 36th Post
Thanks Jeff, on here (in my view) the camera/lens are almost as important as the image.

To me that's what it's all about, being able to see what various combinations of camera/lens can achieve.  In this case a relatively modest lens coupled with a (not exactly new) mid range body produces superb images.
The D7200 should be flying off the shelves as a response to your output, well done. :devil:



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Posted by jk: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 20:25 37th Post
Well said Robert.
That reinforces my point that I said in the lens thread!



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Posted by blackfox: Wed Aug 21st, 2019 07:57 38th Post
Why thank you kind sir , ( he writes while blushing )



Posted by Iain: Wed Sep 4th, 2019 14:58 39th Post
Caught this one in flight, dull day with a grey water background.

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Posted by jk: Wed Sep 4th, 2019 17:34 40th Post
Great shot  Iain.
Very sharp!



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Posted by Eric: Wed Sep 4th, 2019 20:07 41st Post
Iain wrote:
Caught this one in flight, dull day with a grey water background.

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Well done Iain. Super technique 👍



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Posted by Iain: Wed Sep 4th, 2019 20:35 42nd Post
D500 and the sigma 150-600 @600



Posted by jk: Wed Sep 4th, 2019 20:50 43rd Post
Good combo. Best you can get.



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Posted by Eric: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 10:34 44th Post
jk wrote:
Good combo. Best you can get. Don’t forget the nut that holds the steering wheel. ;-)



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Posted by Robert: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 12:14 45th Post
Eric wrote:
Don’t forget the nut that holds the steering wheel. ;-) Absolutely,  to emphasise and embellish the metaphor, two examples spring to mind...

Monte Carlo rally, (I think, from memory) Timo Makinnon? won one of the alpine pass stages in a works Mini Cooper, he ran rings around the competitors times, there was a protest which the French organisers were minded to uphold. So the team went to the nearest large town and picked up a bog standard Mini Cooper from the showroom, made a few basic safety checks, then Timo ran the car up the same timed section.  His time was within very few seconds of his previous time set during the rally proper.  Reason prevailed, his original time stood.

Nearer home, at Oulton Park during testing, Roger Clark and Tony Mason called by.  David Llewellin, Welsh rally driver offered Roger and Tony the opportunity to try his latest car around the circuit.  Bear in mind Roger had been retired for quite a while... David took the time to explain the intricacies of the brake balance override and the importance of keeping the engine within a specific rev range etc.  On a cold lap, never having driven the car before, his time was within 3 seconds of David's,  he didn't even look at the brake balance mechanism and paid scant regard for the rev range.  This was related by Tony Mason, president of Morcambe car club who was Roger's co-driver and navigator when they won the World Rally Championship, the only British driver to have done so.

Having the right nut behind the wheel is very important.  Which is why I rarely photograph wildlife and greatly admire those who can. ;-)



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 14:40 46th Post
Having the right nut in the co-drivers seat is also important - this one was on the Monte, Willy Cave was navigating and told the driver "sharp right" which he did, then the road got very bumpy .... they had turned onto the railway line! 
Told to me by Willy on the Prix des Alpes rally in 2000 :lol:



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Posted by Robert: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 15:57 47th Post
Obviously needed more train ing! LOL :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 17:38 48th Post
‘Girls just wanna have fun’


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Posted by Eric: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 22:14 49th Post
Speckled Bush Cricket...being stalked by the wife.


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Posted by Eric: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 22:23 50th Post
The prey...


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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat Sep 14th, 2019 07:49 51st Post
Words fail me great pixs! Toads set of the swimming pool alarm at midnight last night guess who had to sort the problem!



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Posted by Eric: Sun Sep 15th, 2019 11:05 52nd Post
We are lucky that our garden attracts a lot of dragon flies this time of the year. Ive only ever managed to catch one in flight and nowhere near as good as Iain’s. Mostly they are perched digesting their catch.  

I’ve posted more serious photos (than the one above 😆 ) in the past but don’t want to resurrect them just to pass on the following observation which may help any less experienced photographers/readers out there wanting to have a go.

Dragon flies like an exposed place to digest their catch, often returning to the same perch after grabbing a gnat. We’ve noticed that they particularly like dead branches (ie without leaves) or even freshly cut branches. Don’t think it’s the fact the branches have been cut so much that the area has been cleared of interfering leaves. Well that’s my theory anyway. 😆  We know that if we prune a tree/shrubs in September the dragonflies will favour it.

Here’s a Mr & Mrs Southern Migrant Hawker.... proving the point.


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Posted by Eric: Sun Sep 15th, 2019 11:08 53rd Post
Of course....an exposed garden lantern tip can serve the same purpose for this Darter...


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Posted by chrisbet: Sun Sep 15th, 2019 12:45 54th Post
Maybe they just need the clear space - like a helicopter landing?

Perhaps you should paint a tiny D on the cut end - Dragonfly landing pad?? :lol:



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Posted by blackfox: Mon Sep 16th, 2019 08:51 55th Post
nice Eric



Posted by Iain: Mon Sep 16th, 2019 10:14 56th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Maybe they just need the clear space - like a helicopter landing?

Perhaps you should paint a tiny D on the cut end - Dragonfly landing pad?? :lol:
:lol:

Nice pics Eric.

I’m hoping to catch a few of the last dragonfly when we are down in Lincoln next month.



Posted by blackfox: Thu Sep 19th, 2019 20:33 57th Post
one from today hand held with the 100-400 Leica 
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Posted by Iain: Fri Sep 20th, 2019 20:25 58th Post
Nice shot Jeff.



Posted by blackfox: Sun Sep 22nd, 2019 15:45 59th Post
thanks iain



Posted by jk: Thu Feb 6th, 2020 16:59 60th Post
Eric wrote:
The prey...


Hmmm, like that.
On a glass table I guess?.



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Posted by chrisbet: Mon May 25th, 2020 15:02 61st Post
Out walking the  this afternoon and my eye was drawn to tiny red flowers in the grass ( which is pretty high now) so hands & knees to get a good close up - flower about 1/4 inch across -



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Posted by Iain: Fri May 29th, 2020 08:38 62nd Post
A broad bodied chaser from yesterday.

DI5_2466-Edit by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



Posted by Eric: Fri May 29th, 2020 11:16 63rd Post
Iain wrote:
A broad bodied chaser from yesterday.

DI5_2466-Edit by Iain Clyne, on Flickr
Nice shot Iain.  We don’t seem to get those down here ..or I haven’t seen them.  Isn’t it a bit early for dragonflies? Presumable the crazy Spring?  
Saw a damsel fly yesterday but no sign of the big guns yet ☹️



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Posted by Iain: Fri May 29th, 2020 20:36 64th Post
It’s the first one I’ve seen up here. We’ve had damsels here for the last two weeks but that’s the first dragon.

I think the warm weather has pushed them on this year.



Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 29th, 2020 21:52 65th Post
Super quality image Iain.



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Posted by Iain: Sat May 30th, 2020 09:12 66th Post
D500 and 200-500mm @500mm Graham.



Posted by jk: Sat May 30th, 2020 19:06 67th Post
Iain wrote:
D500 and 200-500mm @500mm Graham. IMHO best combo for news, sports and wildlife.



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Posted by Robert: Sun May 31st, 2020 10:04 68th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Out walking the  this afternoon and my eye was drawn to tiny red flowers in the grass ( which is pretty high now) so hands & knees to get a good close up - flower about 1/4 inch across -



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I would say it's a tiny orchid. will see if I can id it later.



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Posted by Eric: Sun May 31st, 2020 19:59 69th Post
Robert wrote:
I would say it's a tiny orchid. will see if I can id it later. It’s more like a Vetch (wild pea family)

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Posted by chrisbet: Sun May 31st, 2020 20:42 70th Post
Similar to a vetch but it didn't have the typical pea plant leaves - just a single stalk. Birdsfoot Trefoil?



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Posted by Eric: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 23:25 71st Post
While photographing the baby hedgehog (animal thread) the distinctive ‘drone’ of a cockchafer passed my ear.

It landed next to me but took off in a few seconds. Only a quick grab shot with the iPhone and it was a bit out of focus (or I moved) so heavily sharpened  ...but an amazing creature.


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Posted by Iain: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 15:53 72nd Post
Another one form me taken today.


DSC_0022-Edit by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



Posted by Eric: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 17:29 73rd Post
Iain wrote:
Another one form me taken today.


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Is that a burrowing wasp, Iain?



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Posted by Iain: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 21:04 74th Post
Not sure Eric, I’m not so good on insects.



Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 22:27 75th Post
Ian it looks very good to me!



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Posted by Iain: Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 11:51 76th Post
Eric, I've been told its a Soldier Beatle.



Posted by Eric: Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 19:26 77th Post
Iain wrote:
Eric, I've been told its a Soldier Beatle. Thanks for that. I did wonder if it was some sort of beetle as it’s got the ‘wing casings’ in front of the wings.



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Posted by GeoffR: Sun Jun 21st, 2020 13:38 78th Post
Spotted this at Box Hill yesterday, not macro though 70-200 f2,8 VR11 with TC17 E 11 on a D4.

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Posted by Eric: Sun Jun 21st, 2020 15:14 79th Post
GeoffR wrote:
Spotted this at Box Hill yesterday, not macro though 70-200 f2,8 VR11 with TC17 E 11 on a D4. That’s lovely Geoff. It looks in good nick too. Whenever I get a butterfly it’s always got tatty wings or scales falling off.

What butterfly is it?



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Posted by GeoffR: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 08:44 80th Post
According to "UK Butterflies" it is a Marbled White. There were other species but they rarely settled for long enough to photograph them.



Posted by Eric: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 14:12 81st Post
GeoffR wrote:
According to "UK Butterflies" it is a Marbled White. There were other species but they rarely settled for long enough to photograph them. Well it’s lovely. An old friend of mine switched over his main photography interest to butterflies. He gets some excellent results. Not sure I’ve got the dedication....birds move around too much already!



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Posted by GeoffR: Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 14:19 82nd Post
Eric wrote:
Well it’s lovely. An old friend of mine switched over his main photography interest to butterflies. He gets some excellent results. Not sure I’ve got the dedication....birds move around too much already! I find that butterflies are too active for me, most of the time, as are these.

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Posted by Iain: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 10:38 83rd Post
Spot the Red Admiral.


DI5_3586 by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



Posted by Eric: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 14:33 84th Post
Iain wrote:
Spot the Red Admiral.


DI5_3586 by Iain Clyne, on Flickr

That’s a funny name for a red admiral. We called ours Nigel. 😂 

Cracking bit of camouflage though.



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Posted by Iain: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 15:05 85th Post
Eric wrote:
That’s a funny name for a red admiral. We called ours Nigel. 😂 

Cracking bit of camouflage though.
:lol: It just started to open its wings as I pressed the shutter otherwise it would have been harder to see.



Posted by Eric: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 20:03 86th Post
What’s this one Iain?



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Posted by Iain: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 20:21 87th Post
Eric wrote:
What’s this one Iain?



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It’s a Gatekeeper Eric.



Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Jun 30th, 2020 23:09 88th Post
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Posted by Iain: Wed Jul 1st, 2020 11:08 89th Post
Another one from the other day, a White Ermine Moth. Not a great shot as I couldn't get a clear shot at it.


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Posted by blackfox: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 10:26 90th Post
hi gang still around 14 weeks of lockdown served not done much bar mooch around the gardens , as things now ease up a bit round here started getting out again .. so heres one from tues saw this grass snake being attacked by a magpie in the road so I stopped to see if it was o.k the magpie flew off the snake posed for a few pics then slithered off into the grass 

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 10:41 91st Post
Jeff good to see you back and what a 100% super shot to kick off with!



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Posted by Eric: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 13:30 92nd Post
Welcome back Geoff....great image. Looking forward to more. 👍



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Posted by jk: Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 15:59 93rd Post
Welcome back Geoff.
Nice shot, great sharpness and composition.



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Posted by Iain: Fri Jul 3rd, 2020 14:44 94th Post
Nice shot Jeff. Very obliging of it to let you get some shots for saving it from the Magpie.



Posted by Iain: Thu Jul 9th, 2020 13:07 95th Post
A banded demoiselle(male) taken at 600mm


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Posted by jk: Thu Jul 9th, 2020 13:59 96th Post
Nice shot Iain.



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Posted by blackfox: Mon Jul 27th, 2020 14:24 97th Post
hi gang still lurking not been getting out much and then just doing a few butterflies etc so heres a few from last week 

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Posted by blackfox: Mon Jul 27th, 2020 14:29 98th Post
due to all the adverse publicity over the olympus re-structuring I have looked at nikon again plus canon and Sony .. most options although workable will either entail more money than I can logically spend or more weight than I can comfortably carry around .. so for the time being im sticking with olympus .. 
    on a brighter note we have a villa booked in majorca for next may near porto Pollensa which by all accounts is superb for birding .. covid 19 permitting of course ... never been before so quite excited



Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon Jul 27th, 2020 19:06 99th Post
Super photos no problem with your Olympus why change it?



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Posted by Eric: Mon Jul 27th, 2020 20:19 100th Post
blackfox wrote:
due to all the adverse publicity over the olympus re-structuring I have looked at nikon again plus canon and Sony .. most options although workable will either entail more money than I can logically spend or more weight than I can comfortably carry around .. so for the time being im sticking with olympus .. 
    on a brighter note we have a villa booked in majorca for next may near porto Pollensa which by all accounts is superb for birding .. covid 19 permitting of course ... never been before so quite excited
Unless you are planning on changing your camera, I don’t see why Olympus restructuring should have any bearing on your photography?

As Graham says, when you can capture images like those, why change?



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Posted by blackfox: Mon Jul 27th, 2020 21:41 101st Post
it was an initial reaction to what at the time seemed like shock news , with all the usual "I told you so " pundits putting there two bobs worth in .. but after the dont panic effect kicked in and also seeing the growing number of converts Im happy to stick with it .

    also my change in p/p to incorporate topaz de-noise Ai as a permanent part of my workflow has helped with any initial doubts over noise 

thank you both for your kind remarks as well I value all of them



Posted by jk: Mon Jul 27th, 2020 22:48 102nd Post
I agree with Eric.  The time to worry about Olympus is when you cant find anymore of their stuff on ebay.  I think by then we will all be long gone!



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Posted by Iain: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 08:01 103rd Post
Nice shot Jeff.



Posted by Iain: Tue Jul 28th, 2020 17:36 104th Post
A Drone Fly from today take at 600mm.


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Posted by Iain: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 17:24 105th Post
Another one from today, this time a Bumble Bee. D500 and Sigma 150-600 at 600mm.


500_0956 by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



Posted by jk: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 17:29 106th Post
Beautiful shot, Iain.



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Posted by Iain: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 20:07 107th Post
Thanks Jonathan.



Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed Aug 26th, 2020 10:52 108th Post
Not my field but it was too good to miss in our garden this morning in between gusts of wind. Nikon D500 Nikon 105mm Macro AF-S 1/125 sec f11 ISO 1600. This was best of several bit more DOF would have helped so went back for another go and wind had removed my new best friend.

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Posted by blackfox: Fri Sep 11th, 2020 14:42 109th Post
not been on for a while due to covid and lockdown etc . so not been out much . also I have been waiting for the new olympus 100-400 lens to arrive which I bought mid week . its the same focal length as my old panasonic version but obviously much newer and has been getting rave reviews .
  
 so heres a few shots for starters quite impressed so far all shots hand held at 400mm x 2x crop = 800mm FF 

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Posted by Iain: Fri Sep 11th, 2020 20:24 110th Post
Looks to be good Jeff, nice and sharp.



Posted by Eric: Sat Sep 12th, 2020 13:06 111th Post
I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the other lens, Jeff!

Wasn’t it a Leica version?

Great images by the way 👍



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Sep 13th, 2020 08:07 112th Post
Eric wrote:
I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the other lens, Jeff!

Wasn’t it a Leica version?

Great images by the way 👍
it suffered at distance Eric ,great close up ... but thats it . the new one has far better i.s  and you can also use both 1.4 and 2.0x Tc's giving a potential 1600mm reach in FF terms . used it yesterday with the 1.4 tc and its razor sharp even hand held



Posted by blackfox: Sun Sep 13th, 2020 18:18 113th Post
couple from today with the new lens 

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Posted by Eric: Mon Sep 14th, 2020 21:21 114th Post
I liked the water droplets on the surrounding reeds. Almost like 💎s 

Ok ....maybe a bit too artyfarty. :lol:



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Posted by Iain: Wed Sep 16th, 2020 10:18 115th Post
Nice shots everyone. Dragonflys are few and far between up here.



Posted by Eric: Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 06:24 116th Post
Flight stopover on the patio door….



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Posted by Robert: Wed Jul 28th, 2021 20:21 117th Post
This is one of my neighbours, lives in the pond just near my caravan with thousands of tadpoles and some other aquatic friends!

Image made with iPhone 

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Posted by Richard_M: Fri Aug 13th, 2021 10:29 118th Post
I wasn't sure where to post these. All taken with a Z6 and 24-70mm f/4 lens.


Omphalotus nidiformis, or ghost fungus, is a gilled basidiomycete mushroom most notable for its bioluminescent properties. It is known to be found primarily in southern Australia and Tasmania These fungi glow in the dark


#1 This is what they look like in the day.


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Posted by jk: Fri Aug 13th, 2021 15:46 119th Post
Superb images.



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Posted by Robert: Sun Aug 15th, 2021 21:33 120th Post
Agree with JK, very remarkable images. 

Do you know what part of the spectrum we are seeing? I guess the Z7 is sensitive to more than the visible spectrum… I wonder if it’s towards the UV end. 

Is the luminosity as apparent to unaided human vision?



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Posted by Richard_M: Mon Aug 16th, 2021 00:48 121st Post
jk wrote:
Superb images. Thank you!



Posted by Richard_M: Mon Aug 16th, 2021 01:05 122nd Post
Robert wrote:
Agree with JK, very remarkable images. 

Do you know what part of the spectrum we are seeing? I guess the Z7 is sensitive to more than the visible spectrum… I wonder if it’s towards the UV end. 

Is the luminosity as apparent to unaided human vision?
Thank you

I'm not sure what the spectrum of these is. To the naked eye they glow a faint off-white colour. When they are fresh they glow brighter, and as they age the glow diminishes. With good weather you might get a week out of one. If there is rain they tend to turn to mush quite quickly. We go hunting for them in the day and then go back at night to photograph them. If there is a moon and/or overcast light pollution becomes an issue. We usually have umbrellas with internal lining in the car to try and minimise the light pollution if its bad. It doesn't matter what brand of camera is used, its the long exposure the camera sensor makes them this colour. My photos are generally 3 minutes or more, others prefer shorter with higher ISO. Its very much trial and error, particularly as the fungi ages.



Posted by Robert: Fri Aug 20th, 2021 06:19 123rd Post
Thanks for the info, it might be worth trying multiple shorter exposures, say 30 seconds? Then multiplying the exposure in photoshop or other processor to amplify the light, or even duplicate a single image…

Technique used in astro photography for faint objects.

Have you tried UV light? A 365nm torch is cheap enough but wear protective glasses please.



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