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Jun 27, 2007, 14:59 #1
Keith Alan Moderator *****
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I got lucky when shooting this giant Ox Beetle with a pillbug and a mosquito joining the party.

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The Ox Beetle is bigger than a cicada.


Jun 27, 2007, 15:26 #2
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That's a shot you couldn't get no matter how much someone wanted to pay. That's just creepy.

What sort of shutter speed are you using at night to freeze a mosquitos' wings?
(Or are you using a flash with a diffuser?)

Jun 27, 2007, 15:56 #3
Keith Alan Moderator *****
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I'm using the Sony HVL-F1000 flash held right near the end of the lens with my left hand.
No diffuser, but since the flash is auto-exposure it dials itself down when used at short distances.
I just shoot in Program mode and the flash usually delivers a good exposure.
The laser hologram really helps for getting good focus, but the beetle was constantly walking towards me so this was the only keeper out of a dozen tries, and I had no idea the mosquito was there until I looked at it on the computer.
I got lucky again.

Jun 27, 2007, 17:07 #4
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Great colours and some photo.Smile

Lumix LX5.
Canon 350 D.+ 18-55 Kit lens + Tamron 70-300 macro. + Canon 50mm f1.8 + Manfrotto tripod, in bag.






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