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  1. tomhooper

    The Great Tuesday Afternoon Spider Hunt!!!

    Got out and did a little hunting this afternoon. Found a few Orb Weaver Spiders. Two of them had captured some prey and the other was just sitting there. Actually I think they may be "Crab Spiders", but not sure. All shot with Canon T2i, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 31mm extension tube, Canon...
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    White spots on color negatives.

    I recently bought a negative scanner so that I can archive all my old images that are on 35mm film. The negatives look clean at first glance, but when scanned, there are numerous and I mean numerous white spots on the image. When examining the negatives under magnification I can see the...
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    Blackberry Series-next part.

    Here is the third image of my "Blackberry Series". The green Blackberry fruit. Shooting info: ISO 200, f/8, 1/250sec. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lites (1/8 power both heads), shot on a tripod with focusing rail. Created from 6 images with Zerene Stacker...
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    Southeastern Grass Leafhopper

    Caught this Leafhopper on a Milkweed. I had never seen one like this before. Cuerna costalis. May be a little motion blur. The wind was blowing a little. I really like the lateral line continuing through the eye. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lites (1/2 power...
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    Blackberry Series.

    I have been planning to do what I call my "Blackberry Series" for several years. I either forget about it, put it off until later, etc, etc, you know how it goes. In the past some of the shots were not good and I just didn't finish. Since I started doing some stacking, I thought I'd try...
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    Four from this afternoon.

    Had to go do some referral surgeries today but got home in time to get out and shoot a little. Wind was still up a little but not too bad. Plan to spend most of the day tomorrow shooting bugs and things. All shot with Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lites (1/2...
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    Baited Bee.

    Well my new mix worked out pretty well. Bees don't want to leave the blooms even with me getting in close. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lites, Mono-pod, EXIF embedded. This one a little closer crop.
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    Two more bees and a fly.

    Still trying to get the feel for the bees. I mixed up some honey and sugar and got cute and put a little orange extract in it. I think it repels more than attracts. I threw it away. Got these without bait but I have a new batch mixed up now, sans orange extract, and will hit them hard with it...
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    More bees.

    Got a few more bee shots this morning. They are presently working the Redbuds and also the Spring Beauties. As always comments are welcomed and thanks for looking. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lites, Mono-pod, EXIF embedded.
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    Bumblebee on the Redbud

    Another bee shot. This time the Bumble variety. Have several Redbuds blooming and the bees are really swarming them. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX (both heads 1/2 power), monopod, EXIF embedded. Thanks for looking.
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    Couple of Honeybees and a Frog's Head

    Got out and did a little shooting this morning. Going back out this afternoon. Bee shots are a little better. Still not quite as crisp as I would like. The frog was a nice find. He/she hopped across the trail in front of me and was nice enough to pose for a portrait. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm...
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    Bouquet of Bluets

    Although not a big fan of selective coloring, I did this for a challenge on another forum. These flowers are only about 1/2 inch across. Let me know what you think. EXIF embedded.
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    Long Lens Honey Bee

    Not one of my best but after the drought for subjects caused by the Winter, I was happy to get anything. Bees were very skittish today for some reason. Shot this with my Canon 300mm f/4L. Used my Canon 420EX Speedlite on manual, 31mm extension tube, handheld, from about 5 ft. away. EXIF...
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    Waiting for dinner.

    Finally found something to shoot. This is a small Orb Weaver spider that I found in one of the Jonquil blooms. He/she was there early this morning and again later when I came back with my camera. Checked again a few hours later and still there. Looks like I have my first pet spider of the...
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    About the only thing I can find are Ladybugs. Tried to bait some flies to no avail. Alas, we shoot what we can this time of year. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite both heads 1/2 power, tripod, and shot with infrared remote shutter release. EXIF embedded...
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    Stacking macros. (Practice)

    I was just fiddling around with some images I shot earlier today using Zerene Stacker. (Due to the fact that I am bored out of my skull with Winter.) Of course the subject was inside and static. Camera on a tripod using a remote trigger device. The first images will be one of the series that...
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    Just a Large Fly.

    He/she was just sitting on a leaf. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm Macro, 65mm extension, Canon MT-24EX Twin Flash on manual (1/2 power both heads), tripod being used like a mono-pod, and EXIF embedded. Appreciate the look and as always please C&C.
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    Long Lens Robber Fly

    Shot this Robber Fly with my Canon XT, Canon 300mm L IS, 31mm extension tube, Canon Speedlite 420EX on manual high power for fill, hand-held with IS and AF "on". EXIF embedded.
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    Cicada Head and Shoulders

    Looks like something from the movie "Aliens" Canon XSi, Canon 100mm Macro, 44mm tube, Canon MT-24EX Twin-Lite (both heads half power/manual), tripod. EXIF embedded.
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    Turquoise Eyes

    Had a lot of chores to do today but got out in the heat this evening. Caught this dragonfly sitting on a barbed wire fence. He let me get in pretty close before he flew away. Canon XSi, Canon 100mm Macro, Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX with both heads on 1/2 power and Stofen diffusers, and a...