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Old 14-09-2009, 20:08   #861
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Can barely look at the photo but that first one with the green background is nice one FB
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Old 14-09-2009, 22:26   #862
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Can barely look at the photo but that first one with the green background is nice one FB
Thanks SP. That was really interesting to watch actually, the spider was spinning a web and you could see it hooking the silk with a leg and using that to blob the silk onto the radial arms of the web as it moved around in a circle - fascinating!

The other shot isn't as good, I struggled to get a decent angle really and the sharpness isn't as good. Was surprised to see one of these Wasp Spiders though, I'd not seen one before.

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Thanks SP. That was really interesting to watch actually, the spider was spinning a web and you could see it hooking the silk with a leg and using that to blob the silk onto the radial arms of the web as it moved around in a circle - fascinating!
I'd either have run away screaming or squished it. Taking a picture would have been pretty far down my list of priorities lol

Does make me want to get out and use my recently aquired Sigma 150 though!
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Old 16-09-2009, 05:59   #864
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I didn't mention how I found it... there were lots of these spiders here and I blundered into their webs while walking in the wood. I had to pick off a few that were crawling over me and then I found this one that I'd managed to avoid. Definitely getting a lot better with spiders, am less inclined to be terrified of them now.

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Old 16-09-2009, 13:57   #865
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Lovely work, as usual, Fozzy.
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Thanks a lot. Haven't done much photography recently, it's been a fairly quiet time of year for wildlife really and have gone through a period where I'm not getting much very good when I do go out taking photos. I've had that before, a bit of a dry spell. Fortunately I can look back through my old shots when I have that. Here's a few more insects from over the summer...

White-legged Damselfly:
White-legged Damselfly

Female Speckled Bush Cricket in my garden:
Little bushy

A Small Copper butterfly:
Small Copper

A little Meadow Grasshopper:
Grassy hopper

A Painted Lady butterfly:
A freshly painted Lady
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Old 16-09-2009, 15:55   #867
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those are really nice

finally got my 450D & Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, couple of shots from last ringing session taken with the inc 18-55 lens, got a lot to learn & hoping to have more of a play at the weekend but v impressed so far

male & female Blackcap, the red on the male is Elderberry juice, not blood

blackcapm

blackcapf

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Old 16-09-2009, 21:00   #868
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Wow! Must be great to get so close to Blackcaps, well... any small bird really! I had a go photographing Blackcaps in the wild over the summer and the only photo I got was a very distant, bad angled, low detail and very noisy shot in the woods - it's a start but I would really like to get something better!
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Old 16-09-2009, 21:22   #869
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Yes, nice. I've never (knowingly) even seen a blackcap!
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They tend to hide themselves away Arthur, normally you have to really look for them as they don't spend much time out in the open. They're not as bad as Cetti's Warblers, which I've heard but never seen, but I hear blackcaps a lot more than I see them!
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Thanks - at least I've heard of a blackcap, never heard of Cetti's Warblers!
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It was a new one for me when I found out about Cetti's earlier this year, I've only been getting into watching birds for about a year so really am only just a beginner (Bill Oddie has about sixty years more birdwatching experience than I do!).

I finally managed to get some photos of the Great Tits that have started visiting my garden, although it was early in the morning so the light was pretty low - ISO3200, a low shutter speed and shooting through a double-glazed window really didn't help the image quality much, the first one is a little motion-blurred.

Great Tit

Ah, 'noix de plein air'

The best GT shots I've got so far though. Would be nice to try to get them on a natural perch but siting one near the feeder where I could set up a hide while still getting some decent light and clean background in my garden... hmm. Not easy! Needs some thought, that does!

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I dont understand how yuo all get such good macro shots! I've been trying for weeks to get a decent shot with my Tamron 90mm and it just isn't happening. No matter what aperture (and i've gone to like f/28) the dof is so shallow and nothing is ever in focus. Plus at those apertures you need basically a floodlight above you if you want hand held shots.

This is about the best i've managed. There's the original 100% in the flickr link. Not too bad for a D40 at ISO800

DSC_1871_c

No idea what type it is!

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Looks like a Garden Spider to me
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Yes, and that looks bloomin' good to me.

It can be difficult, I've found that shooting little critters outside handheld can be a nightmare, you do need a lot of light and a huge amount of care with the angle you shoot from. This was taken at f/16 and I had to time firing the shutter as I naturally swayed back and forth slightly and had to pick the moment when the face was most in focus.

...it doesn't 'look' like a damsel!

When I tried to photograph little meadow grasshoppers I had a terrible time, the light wasn't that good and I don't think I ended up with much that was usable due to the limited depth of field. I fared better with my little compact, shooting macro at 28mm... although I have to be really careful with the angle as you have to be REALLY close to the subject!

Mostly I just use my 70-300 zoom and crop in a little, it's the lens I usually have on the camera and it works well enough unless you're looking at the smaller insects... mostly I'm shooting dragonflies and butterflies anyway.
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Old 20-09-2009, 19:28   #876
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Dragonfly at lunch.


Taken with a Sigma 150mm macro, which just has enough working distance for a normal flash.
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Nice! Great when you can get enough detail to see the compound eye patterning too.

Common Darter I'm guessing from what I can see of the colouring and the red 'hinges' at the base of the wings.

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Wow - great macro shot Highlander
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think it's a common darter.
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Old 22-09-2009, 08:17   #880
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Great photo - I found they were far too flighty for a front approach - here's my take, with and without flash
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