Praying Mantis

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  1. Travis F

    Travis F TPF Noob!

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    Still just introducing myself to various parts of the forum...

    I let my macro lens go a while ago and have been regretting it ever since. I now realize that I loved shooting with that lens. Anyway, here are a few shots of a praying mantis that I liked.

    I'll post one at the end using my current makeshift macro lens; Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 macro with 2x teleconverter. It actually works decently, although not nearly as well as the dedicated macro did :er:!

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    And from the Sigma 24-70....
    I know that light sucks! I was going for a bit of backlight to shine through the hollow shell but I ended up with too much lens flare and more shadows than I wanted. This is the only example I can think of using the 24-70 though...
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    Thanks for looking,
    Travis
     
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    Welcome to the macro section. I like these the best out of the threads you've posted today.
     
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    What macro lens where you using before?
     
  4. Travis F

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    Thanks!

    I had a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro. I loved that lens! Sharpest lens I've ever used.

    Travis
     
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    Really like that cicada shot. Nice light. :thumbup:
     
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    Those praying mantis shots are incredible.
     
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    All of these are great but I am really impressed with the first mantis shot. The detail is amazing.
     
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    Thanks! I wasn't too sure of the light but I couldn't quite get it figured out the way I wanted it. I think I need a snoot on the strobe.

    Thanks!

    Thank you. I think that I had a 2x TC on the Sigma 150 for that shot. I don't recall if it was at it's MFD but, It was larger than 1:1. Maybe not quite 2:1 though. That lens was extraordinarily sharp, even with the 2x TC. I really regret getting rid of it. the price has went up considerably since I bought/sold it too :x! That makes getting another one that much farther off.....

    Thanks again everyone,
    Travis
     

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