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Blimey - it's been one of those evenings - not helped my spending absolutely ages taking far too many shots of this little guy. Well when they're docile and obliging then you have to take advantage!
I'll upload another version taken up in the studio - using my ancient Fuji S7000 - proof you don't need a fancy macro lens for bugs!
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superb macro work, beautiful colors, well done!
That Fuji has great macro settings Alison,I started out with one a few years ago & traded it in for my first Nikon,I do regret that these days
A cracker - well done
looks like time well spent to me
Wow, two fantastic shots.
Oh wow fantastic, I love it!!
Just love V1!
Amazing detail ! gill
Two superb images with superb detail and colours BRILLIANT
Two awesome close ups Alison, you don't see too many of these uploaded on here. The colours, clarity and detail are all first class
Thanks everyone - I guess it was time well spent then!
Actually it's the first live May Bug I've ever come across. I do have a dead one that I picked up off the street in Cirencester a couple of years ago but this was a real find - just sitting there doing nothing.
I'm equally amazed that I managed to get it to stay put upstairs for a while and then when I put in, and the flower, on the lawn it still stayed put..... Very probably a once in a lifetime thing
That Fuji is indeed a wonderful camera Janet - despite having the Sony and associated goodies I'd not part with the Fuji for anything. In fact if it ever conked out I'd probably get another!
i love it great shot
Brilliant! Have an RC!
Wow never seen one that close up before! Amazing detail!
Two brilliant macros. The detail is absolutely supberb!
I love those antenna, and what a stunning macro.
Two cracking images, very well captured. Carol
Two superb images with excellent detail - especially V2. Don't think I've everseen one of these.
Well I never!
That is some ornamentation.
I am green here
An amazing little creature. v2 is especially fine.
Apparently this glorious fella is part of the cockchafer family....I had a garden full of May Bugs that lierally rained from the sky at my last house and read up on them and apparently they have a 3 year cycle so in essence fly once every 3 years.
As for the pictures here....well......yup...spot on!!
I think your (Im a bit jealous!!) use of lighting is the key element in capturing such impressive sharp details, oh... and the wonderful scene you have set up with lovely clean backgrounds doesnt do all of it any harm at all!
All the Best
Super stunning, I have never seen one either. So glad you posted it, I have so enjoyed looking at your shot. Ann
Blimey - thank you all and thank you Paul for your award and education
As for lighting - well this shot was taken in the garden with a bit of extra light from the onboard flash - which I permanently keep wound down low. The other shot was with two rather large cool-lights either side. Happily all very straightforward
Amazing Bug and brilliant capture.
Never seen one of these, great head gear! - Jonathan
What the bloomin eck is that! then saw V2 oh yes I think I know him! Wasn't aware he wore all that clobber though! Fantastic macro shots!
He is a good looking chap isn't he? Sadly I didn't manage to find any willing models this year - the dead one in my bug-box isn't quite as photogenic Maybe I'll have better luck next year!
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