ThePassenger: A very good shot. And, yes, the yellow cast reminds me of a warm afternoon. gollywops version looks as if taken in winter.
Greets from (cold) germany
Thank you. It's in the 30's here now (unusual), but when the shot was taken it was a warm (80's)day late morning.
Hugowolf: Great shot. I think the reds are a little too saturated, but everything else works out well.
Thank You. I just finally calibrated my monitor and I can see that now.
The Mick: Thanks to everyone for the votes and kind words!Most of my macro photos are made outside in the daytime, aided by flash as the FZ100 isn't good at high ISO, but here's my setup if anyone is interested.
I was out in the yard taking a few pictures and spotted this plump little fellow on one of my Firepower Nandina bushes (which are in the process of turning red now). It was fairly cool out and later in the afternoon, so I decided to cut a few decent sized clippings of the bush (along with the pretty little spider) and take them inside the garage to photograph a little later. I used the FZ100 with Raynox DCR-250 macro lens & Yongnuo YN-560 manual speedlite with my homemade bounce card with diffuser. For the background lighting, I had a second speedlite aimed at another small cluster of leaves a few feet away.Being late in the season, I'm not seeing many insects, but this spider was obviously eating pretty well and was released the next day on the same bush.Thanks again,Mick
The second light explains why the lighting is so even throughout the frame. It looks like lighting I've seen from canon macro shooters that use that expensive 2 light macro light. Thanks for sharing.
Great shot. Beautiful color. I kind of wish the people weren't in the shot, but I imagine that wasn't possible. " Hey, You people get back, I'm trying to get a shot here!" :)
Nice shot. Good detail. I like the different shades of green. Was it a wild bird?
Beautiful color and composition. Impressive DOF at F4.7. Must be a great lens.
cmantx: Well deserved 1st place, Mick. Really nice lighting, detail, and bokeh.
In my opinion if you take a macro with flash and it looks like natural light you hit it out of the park. Even though I don't have a super zoom I'd like to see your flash setup.
Well deserved 1st place, Mick. Really nice lighting, detail, and bokeh.
Great shot Yuki. You have to move really stealthily to get an angle that captures so much detail.
The Mick: You caught that one at just the right moment. The way those butterflies' tongues move in and out of the flowers, I wouldn't think that little critter could possibly stay there long. ;o) Unbelievable capture... thanks for sharing!Mick
I don't think it was on the butterfly very long. I wonder if it was in the flower and got sucked out of it.
RuthC: LOL! What a great capture, and anyone viewing this in either thumbnails or even this format will miss seeing him! Do you think he was there just for the ride? Ruth :-)
Thanks Ruth. Once again I had no idea until PP that it was there. I'm hoping by looking at the title the viewer will use fullscreen.
Yes it's funny looking. I've shot a few that are missing the hairs on the snout. Like a unicorn butterfly.
Nice capture I like the perspective you used. the spider really pops against the Cone flower.
Nice detail and color.
Nice capture. Impressed/ bewildered that it's not OOF at that shutter speed. it looks like an underwater creature.
Nice capture. I've seen assassin bugs before but never seen them carrying out the "assassination".
Nice capture and isolation from the background. Very interesting subject.
barb_s: I wish they had a like button, this is such a nice photo. 400 mm too - I looked at your gear list, I assume this was taken with the Tamron 200-500 How do you like it ?
Thank You. It was the Tamron 200-500. It's great in sunny conditions. I've gotten sharpness even at F6.3 at times. Low light not so much, but it's not a fast, expensive,heavy, lens. Tamron has a replacement coming so prices may be going down.
Tim A2: Congratulations!