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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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    new guy messing around

    Squeeze your aperture down to around f/11 or f/16 and shoot it again. It'll put more of the flowers in focus.
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    Macro Extension Tubes

    I personally have several brands of extension tubes. Canon, Kenko, and Pro-optic. I honestly don't pay any attention to which ones I grab. They all work well for my needs.
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    Can you please help me before I place my order?

    I've got an old Canon Rebel film camera I will give you. Let me know if it will work for your class. You pay shipping and its yours.
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    UV Haze Filter

    I don't know what lens/lenses you use, but I personally shoot L glass on my Canon. I've never understood why you would put a $50.00 or so piece of glass over a $1000.00 and up lens. Doesn't make sense. If you need protection, use the lens cap.
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    What would you buy. (its a long one)

    Actually the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro either L or not is a great, sharp, lens. It can double as a portrait lens and won't break your budget. Add an 18-55 kit type lens and you have the lower range covered for $1000.00 USD or less. Then spend the other money on a high quality long lens. Maybe...
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    My lens is dim

    Its still under warranty. Send it in and let the pros handle it. You'll be happier in the long run.
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    Is this too personal???

    Semi-retired Veterinarian.
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    Some C&C please

    1) Really a good shot. If I had to nitpick, I might crop just a little sky out, but not really. I wouldn't mind hanging this on my wall. 2) Great shot but you might crop a little more of the foreground out. For some reason, it drew my eye. Again a very small nitpick. 3) Agree with the...
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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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    Canon 25mm Extension Tube II Worth the $$$'s?

    B&H or Adorama (I'm not sure which) sells a set of Pro-optic tubes. I have a set of them in addition to Kenko and Canon. They have the contacts and work as well as any of the others I have. The run about $90.00/set.
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    She's a lady!

    That male is one weird looking bug. Are all Malaysian bugs that strange.
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    Another flower

    Looking at your EXIF data I would suspect you are shooting in AE mode. I would suggest switching to manual or at least aperture priority and going to a smaller aperture. Say around f/11 although without flash, that may not be possible at 300mm but it would increase your DOF. As was stated...
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    should I steep up?

    I personally like having a dedicated macro lens. You can use the extension tubes with your other lenses and they will work very well. I've never used a 500D filter or any filter for that matter so I can't speak as to the quality of images you can get with it. I don't know why but for some...
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    Dragonfly profile

    Really, really, nice. Great job.
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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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    FINALLY.....Some Butterflies

    Nice shots except for what you have already mentioned. Good job.
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    A slightly different take on....

    I like the B&W.
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