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Dinner Time.

By paulbroad
A bit gruesome, I know. Garden or Orb Web spider with Crane Fly prey. Also shot quite a few video clips with 7D which were pretty good and have been accepted by one of the libraries. Shot last week when many Crane Flies were in the last stages of there lives and regularly in webs.

Wind a bit of a problem with respect to focus. Thus used manual focus.

EOS 7D with 150mm Sigma EX Macro and Sigma ring flash. Tripod. 1/200 sec @ f20. +2 stops compensation on ring flash, but otherwise auto flash exposure. ISO100.


Tags: Web Fly Spider Garden Eat Kill Crane Orb Wildlife and nature

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PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
28 Sep 2012 7:40AM
A nice close-up image! Well captured!



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Tibetan 5 3 England
28 Sep 2012 7:48AM
good shot like it regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 8:38AM
Nature can sometimes be cruel, great shot,
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 9:56AM
Can't crit this Paul it is a cracker. Well done mate.

xwang 9 56 8
28 Sep 2012 7:57PM
Really superb colour and clarity.. I'm only coming to learn some technique here..on and then... "+2 compensation" is what I've learnt today .. thanksSmile
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 5:31PM

I found, by experiment, that my set up, 150mm macro and Sigma ring flash work well on full auto, which makes life shooting insects MUCH easier. But i need to dial in + 2 stops extra flash exposure with the camera exposure set on manual, 1/200 (not important) f18/f20 and ISO100 for quality. Almost always correct, almost!

xwang 9 56 8
29 Sep 2012 10:54PM
Thank you very much Paul.
I haven't tried any close up yet. I bought a set of rings and a 50mm lens early this year. Actually it was your marco photos made me want to have a go..they look really good,but I'm still being lazy..Yes, I remembered the small aperture you mentioned before, and I did notice some people's marco photos lost the the sharpness at some point due to the large aperture.That's was a very good point. The reason that I was interested in your +2 compensation was that I do like your marco's brightness and sharpness. I didn't know if they were all taken at "+" stops compensation or not, I noticed the difference, but I didn't know what. When I read it yesterday, I thought it must be the light. I guess that the extra light gives the picture better clarity and a kind of superb crisp quality,no messy, that's the quality I really love, we say even at the same setting by the same lens, the light talks again.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 7:45AM
I think, Jas, that the auto system has faults and that, because the subject is usually a small part of the frame and the background is much further away, then the auto system fails. Don't ask me why, but with my system, if I dial in +2 stops more light from the flash, it works.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 8:11PM
Great shot great PF I came to be nosey seeing your comment on Bren's steam picture after going back to see further critiqueWink thanks for the mentionSad I do try in my comments to be fair to the member postingSmile

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