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Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp with Dewdrops.
Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp with Dewdrops.
roz


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2021-01 (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2021 - CHALLENGES & outtakes etc
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Date: Jan 22, 2021
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100+flash
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2021

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thought of entering the spider but went with the wasp because it was technically better ..
here's hoping it appeals to the voters ..

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.7000
Avg (participants): 6.7838
Avg (non-participants): 6.4615
Views since voting: 269
Views during voting: 91
Votes: 50
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0


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02/11/2021 10:32:42 PM
Another amazing capture Roz. Besides the beautiful and unique insect, the dew drops set this picture apart from other insect macros. To show the wasp and the dew drops in focus at the same time requires great creativity and skill. It must be fun searching for these little critters!
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02/10/2021 05:26:12 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

How do you find your bugs? Are there places in your garden they hang out, or....?


hey Johanna .. there's an area of grass i don't mow which grows quite lush if the kangaroos don't eat it ..
the last two or three years there was no grass because of the drought but this summer we've had heaps of rain .. so it's really taken off ..
but I also photographer them on fences and trees, flowers, brick walls and bushes as well .. wherever I can find them really .. :)

Message edited by author 2021-02-10 05:28:24.
02/10/2021 01:56:19 AM
How do you find your bugs? Are there places in your garden they hang out, or....?
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02/10/2021 01:54:06 AM
You are SO good at these.
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02/09/2021 08:39:14 AM
You always amaze me Roz! Congrats on another great image.
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02/08/2021 11:21:51 PM
Excellent work Roz! I am really struggling with "What the voters like and don't like". Thats why I am taking a break from entering for a bit. But Congrats on your HM with another great macro.
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02/08/2021 03:43:43 PM
Originally posted by roz:


thankyou for your positive comment willem ..
i photograph the insects in their natural environment so i have to be quite stealthy .. !! ..
...etc...
i've answered you in here in case anyone else was interested ..
there's a heap more i could say . but i've just tried to answer your questions ..
have a great day .. :)


Thanks, very interesting, will try it myself when spring arrives here. For now I have a cheap solution to do it ... a manual focus 50 mm lens reversed, or one of my two lensbaby lenses. Working distance will be a key factor here as well.
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02/08/2021 03:23:05 PM
Originally posted by willem:

Beautiful as ever. If I would be really nit-picking I would say it would be nice to have part of the second antenna in focus as well. I always wonder how you get so much in focus of a moving animal and whether you use natural or flash light. My macros always show a lot of out-of-focus, either because of DOF or because of movement. Top 3.


thankyou for your positive comment willem ..
i photograph the insects in their natural environment so i have to be quite stealthy .. !! ..
i dont use a tripod which some macro photographers do .. for me setting up a tripod to photograph them would be ridiculous .. for starters all the movement in setting it up would probably scare them off ... and the time required .. the insect would be gone ..
i use an external flash in most cases because the available light is very unreliable .. and usually not bright enough .. i change the exposure on the flash depending on the available light and i change the direction its pointing as well .. also depending on available light .. i can change the exposure setting on the camera so there's less movement .. movement is often a precursor to the insect deciding its an unsafe environment and leaving ..
so i move very very slowly ..
i do focus stack if i have the opportunity .. sometimes i'm able to get a few shots of the insect suitable for a standard edit where each photo has to look very very similar .. sometimes that's not possible ..
but i try and get as many photos as possible .. if the insect isnt moving .. focusing on different parts of its body ..
i focus stack manually in photoshop because the slightest movement up and down or sideways will mean most of the programs you could use to do it for you wont work .. and if you're not using a tripod or focusing rails then there will be slight movements .. i try and brace myself on something to lessen the movement of my body ..

i do love the shallow depth of field that you see here in this image ..
if i made it less shallow and got more of the insect in focus i would lose that lovely soft background .. and also it would make it more difficult to focus stack .. its like a sacrifice .. i do want as much of the insect in focus usually .. but i dont want a busy background .. of course there are times when i like that all the insect isnt in focus .. it can be quite beautiful when you dont see everything ..

i've answered you in here in case anyone else was interested ..
there's a heap more i could say . but i've just tried to answer your questions ..
have a great day .. :)

Message edited by author 2021-02-08 15:36:37.
02/08/2021 10:20:43 AM
Stunning macro, Roz! Colors are so beautiful!
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02/08/2021 08:35:07 AM
My goodness, Roz, you're totally amazing!!!
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02/08/2021 07:11:04 AM
A beauty Roz! Congratulations!!!
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02/08/2021 02:01:13 AM
Got my highest score and surprised this did not end up a ribbon. Macro just escapes my skills and rather just enjoy others work such as yours
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2021 11:25:00 PM
My pick for blue. What a great photo! 10
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02/02/2021 10:21:48 AM
Gorgeous; nice DOF and all the green complements him nicely. The dewdrops are an added bonus point of interest.
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02/02/2021 05:32:31 AM
Beautiful as ever. If I would be really nit-picking I would say it would be nice to have part of the second antenna in focus as well. I always wonder how you get so much in focus of a moving animal and whether you use natural or flash light. My macros always show a lot of out-of-focus, either because of DOF or because of movement. Top 3.
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