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    Unknown bug on Lichen

    Been out and about with an old Panagor 90mm f2.8 Macro lens this weekend, it is the first time I've had a prime on the D5000 for so long

    It is totally manual; no metering or AF, so learning to (remember to) focus AND (remembering to) set exposure has been a challenge

    Here's one that worked out reasonably well, shot hand held.
    Unknown bug on Lichen

    Image size is 1000 x 691 (click link to see bigger)

    EXIF 1/1000s (at f11 from memory) 90mm iso 400.

    I am definitely liking having a macro lens compared to tubes on a normal one
    Couldn't have got it this big in frame without a lot of phaffing before.

    C&C welcome

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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    I like the detail; I think you might have a use for that macro considering the number of bugs there is.

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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    Any chance you'll do this in HDR?

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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Any chance you'll do this in HDR?
    I can't speak for Dave of course, but in reality there would be no point as the scene is totally reflective and it's dynamic range easily captured in a single exposure (with heaps of "room to spare").

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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    Great shot, Dave - I love the way you can see the wings of the rear-most wing through the translucent wing, almost like an echo.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    I think I'd like it better if it was a flower , but it a cool bug, the wings are beautiful and look like stained glass.

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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    Hi Dave,
    Very nice! Not sure what bug it is.Haven't seen anything like it over here.Maybe a Springtail? I like the stained glass look in the wings,

    Jim

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    Re: Unknown bug on Lichen

    Going by those thick wing veins, I would suggest that is an Alderfly; and Sialis lutaria is the most common. Usually found close to water.

    Manual focus, I find, is usually the safest for this type of shot. Auto focus can be handy for all those insects that move faster than I can focus, but I always get a lot of false focus problems due to the camera auto focusing ahead or behind the intended target.

    And a dark subject with so much brightness in the surrounding area will always be a challenge. I normally use spot metering with a little bit of compensation as required. But find full manual settings often give best results when I use flash.

    Being able to review the results as you go along gives digital photography a great advantage over film; where an error of exposure only becomes apparent after developing several rolls of expensive film!

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