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Common Wasp drinking.

By paulbroad
For several weeks, as soon as we turned our garden fountain on, the wasps arrived to drink from the damp patches. I set up the 7D with 150mm Sigma EX Macro and Sigma rig flash on my old Benbo tripod and gave chase. I also added the Sigma EX 2X converter - something I only do if I want a really big image - this will be 2:1. The Sigma converter is the best I have ever seen - it is very difficult to see any quality loss - possibly because the 150mm is such a superb lens.

Manual focus and camera settings. 1/200 @ f18. Flash on auto, but with +2 stops exposure compensation set from experience.


Tags: Macro Close Wasp Drinking Close-up and macro Converter Common

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debu 8 India
13 Sep 2011 7:52AM
Lovely detailed image.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
13 Sep 2011 4:13PM
Nicely done, sharp with good dof. I find using ring flash that I get an all black background most of the time with similar settings, - except I dont add +2, - so Ill give it a try as it seems to give you some background still visible.

13 Sep 2011 5:28PM
Great macro!
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 8:16PM
hello willie,

I use +2 because I know the ring flash, on auto, underexposes by 2 stops. That's on the subject. I try and get something close to the camera in the background on set piece shots such as this so that it catches some light. I had time to set up in advance and wait because I knew where the wasps were landing.

i also sometimes give the background a sweep or two with the dodge tool at about 20% - often lifts a bit of detail; if it's there at all.


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