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I'm experimenting; with processing, and also shooting different subject matter.

This is Zelus Luridus aka the Assassin Bug. About 8mm long, it is stalking these helpless little aphids. Awwww Tongue At first this little fella played hide-n-seek with me, but now he poses willingly Wink

A very beneficial bug to have in the garden. Just don't let it jab you - it hurts!

I am currently using the 12-50 kit lens that comes with my E-M5 - it does a fair job on macro images. I am waiting for the 60mm macro which hopefully will be available in the US soon! It has already been released in Britain.

I fear slightly for my sanity when I get that lens.....

Thanks for looking,

Anne

Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:OLYMPUS M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:43mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Assassin
Username:AnneWorner AnneWorner
Uploaded:14 Nov 2012 - 12:55 AM
Tags:Bugs, Close-up / macro, General, Insects
Votes:36

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 1:47 AM

He is a very fancy bug--all that glitter and all-- and useful as well!
A very descriptive image!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
14 Nov 2012 - 3:50 AM

What an excellent photo this is !! Like a biology lesson at school too Smile Great stuff and well done Anne GrinGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 5:30 AM

A superb capture, Anne, haven't seen these unusual and rather pretty bugs here. Carol

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Nov 2012 - 5:47 AM

Pefectly sharp eye

Peter

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 6:50 AM

Excellent. Insect highwaymen.
Perfect DOF , details where needed.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 7:29 AM

Interesting and unusual little bugs as well, Anne.

Dave

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 8:25 AM

Brilliant - sharp just where it needs to be.
Moira

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 8:26 AM

Impressive! Could do with one of these little fellows over here in a normal summer, though I think even the Aphids game up in summer 2012!

Ann

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 9:28 AM

Gardeners friend Anne, excellent macro.
Ron.

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scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 6379 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 12:39 PM

lunchtime.....great detail and super focusing

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 12:44 PM

A lovely close-up, Anne, got him looking at the camera too! Wink
Trev Smile

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pascalg
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14 Nov 2012 - 1:02 PM

nice details...

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 1:15 PM

Quite an amazing shot with your kit lens I'd say. You have allowed us to enter the insects' world.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 1:22 PM

Great macro shot Anne - he has a mean look about him, and an almost snake like head
Helen

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AnnChown
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14 Nov 2012 - 3:24 PM

Fascinating image Anne - I've never seen anything like that insect! Good clarity.
Ann

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 4:16 PM

Such a well focussed image, and cute in a grotesque sort of way I suppose. But hey, we all have to survive somehow. Smile

I so envy you the EM-5. I tried one on the weekend in a shop and was blown away by the speed of focussing and capture, and the quietness, but Oh!, that menu!!! Don't think I could ever get to grips with it. So probably saved myself a shedload of money. Grin

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JohnChambersPhotography

Nice macro shot Anne, good detailed capture showing life in the fast lane, well spotted good shot.

John

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 5:16 PM


Quote: Such a well focussed image, and cute in a grotesque sort of way I suppose. But hey, we all have to survive somehow. Smile

I so envy you the EM-5. I tried one on the weekend in a shop and was blown away by the speed of focussing and capture, and the quietness, but Oh!, that menu!!! Don't think I could ever get to grips with it. So probably saved myself a shedload of money. Grin

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Chris, I can from two prior Olympus cameras, so the menu seemed straight forward to me. Sometimes though, I discover some little gem I had not know was in the menu. It truly is a great little camera.

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Niknut e2 Member 4740 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 5:24 PM

Great shot !!!.....that 60mm macro is supposed to be a corker !!, so enjoy yourself, & worry about your sanity later !!!!.Grin

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 - 10:49 PM

amazing weird creature, brilliantly captured
bunSmile

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15 Nov 2012 - 4:52 PM

Anne, this is another great macro -- it even tells a story.
-=\Walter
By the way -- in CA people buy ladybugs for their garden to fight aphids.

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AnneWorner
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15 Nov 2012 - 7:15 PM


Quote: Anne, this is another great macro -- it even tells a story.
-=\Walter
By the way -- in CA people buy ladybugs for their garden to fight aphids.

We do here too Walter - this is an aphid that is specific only to the milkweed plants. The milkweed is like a microcosm all its own: queen and monarch larvae, ladybugs, assassin bugs, aphids, predatory wasps - I just leave the plants alone and let nature do the dictating. The milk from the aphids is used by the male monarch!

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15 Nov 2012 - 9:08 PM

Thanks to you all for stopping by. Thanks to Carol for you UA.

Anne

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bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 9:48 AM

excellent

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