SteveY80

SteveY80

Joined on Dec 29, 2012

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  • That's fine if you're working in a studio or photographing inanimate objects. For action, weddings, or street photography, by the time you've focused and recomposed, people will have moved and the ...
  • I found a number of these caterpillars close together on a tree, with no sign that they were abnormal. A few days later every single one of them was erupting with parasitoid wasp larvae. 

In this picture you can see a larva that's just burst through the caterpillar's skin. Within a matter of minutes it spun a silk cocoon like the others. 

The caterpillars remained alive and moving until after the wasps had hatched several days later. A gruesome but fascinating life cycle.
    Placed 8th in the challenge. I found a number of these caterpillars close together on a tree, with no sign that they were abnormal. A few days later every single one of them was erupting with parasitoid wasp larvae. In this picture you can see a larva that's just burst through the caterpillar's skin. Within a matter of minutes it spun a silk cocoon like the others. The caterpillars remained alive and moving until after the wasps had hatched several days later. A gruesome but fascinating life cycle.
  • Submitted a challenge entry Birch Sawfly
    An uncommon and unusual insect in the UK, where it's one of the largest and most distinctive flies.
    Placed 47th in the challenge. An uncommon and unusual insect in the UK, where it's one of the largest and most distinctive flies.
  • I'm fond of my bargain priced J1 with its 18.5mm f1.8 lens, but there's no way I'd upgrade to a much more expensive model considering the extremely limited selection of lenses.

    To me a 10-30mm...

  • Created discussions Canon flash on Sony Camera?
    I've been considering buying a basic Canon DSLR (maybe a 600D) for a dedicated macro setup. I love Sony cameras for general purpose shooting, but I haven't found anything on a par with Canon's ...
  • If I forget to manually note down their location, how am I meant to remember where shots like these were taken years after they were shot? Bear in mind that on the holiday where those were taken, I ...
  • Many lenses just aren't very good wide open. Even some expensive f2.8 glass benefits a lot from stopping down to f4-5.6. There are also times when you really need the extra depth of field. I own a ...
  • That's really disappointing. I use focus zoom (e.g. for tweaking macro focus, or checking accurate focus on someone's eye) far more than I use lenses in the 500-600mm range, where stability in the ...
  • That makes no sense to me at all. I don't generally carry my car with me when I'm walking in the countryside. GPS would be infinitely more useful for me than the wifi features added to the A77II, ...
  • A natural history internet circle I belong to asks that the location where pictures were taken be included with any images submitted.

    A year after taking the shot, I'm not necessarily going to...

  • My ring flash doesn't have a focus assist lamp, making one on the camera useful occasionally.

    The biggest issue, though, is that using the flash generally doesn't work that well. At least that's...

  • I'm a bit disappointed that it's missing the GPS. That's actually one of the reasons I was thinking about upgrading from my A57. There have been quite a few times when I've gone through old images ...
  • Whether there's still a slideshow when shooting at faster speeds is definitely one of the things I want to know.

    I've been looking at various hand-on tests, and despite them talking about the...

  • My A57 uses the flash in that way too. In my experience it doesn't work very well.

    It seems strange to me that my £100 compact has this feature but a £1000 semi-pro camera like the A77II doesn't...

  • APS-C definitely has an advantage for wildlife photography.

    Even with a long lens it's often necessary to heavily crop when shooting a bird in flight or a skittish little creature.

    At the same...

  • I'm planning on buying one as an upgrade from my A57. I've been considering the existing A77 for a while, so Sony will really have to screw up this camera to stop me buying one. I just hope the ...
  • Unless you're still using 3.5" floppy disks, I think the days when you needed to worry about putting weak little magnets near your electronics are long gone.

    Not that I'll be buying this when I...

  • Here's an uncropped OOC snap of a fly taken with a J1 at the 18.5mm lens' closest focusing distance: Obviously you could get a lot closer using a close-up lens or extension tubes. To me the J1 is a ...
  • I tried use a vintage L39 lens of similar design on a Nikon 1.

    Despite the adapter ring adding some depth, the large rear element prevented it from fully screwing in. With the fixed internal...

  • As you point out yourself, it's a bit brighter than the kit lens at 10mm. It's debatable whether f/2.8 vs f/3.5 is such a big deal, but bear in mind that people often pay a lot more for a wider ...
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