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    Post your critters & plants under the macro lens (small format)

    It’s a jungle down there.

    Especially if you get close to creatures – like this menacing spider:

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    Nikon FM3a (hand-held)
    Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
    Nikon SB-80dx (TTL flash on bracket)
    Fuji Provia 100F
    1/250th sec. @ f/32 manual exposure (about 1:1.5 magnification)
    Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED/Nikon Scan

    This fellow’s web stretched across a FS road near Mount Saint Helens (Wash. State). It was just high enough for my Honda Civic to pass under. Down the road I pitched my tent, then walked back with my macro lens. I captured the arachnid from both sides. Later that night, let’s just say my dreams were troubled. (If anyone can name the species, they’ll earn my eternal gratitude.)

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    Maybe there are enough people here to give life to a small-format macro thread. What flora and fauna did you capture? What equipment made it possible? The magnification?

    Often macro photography is a painful, knee-breaking, back-aching, strenuous business, so usually there’s a good story behind each shot. Please share yours.
    Last edited by Heroique; 5-Mar-2021 at 06:17.

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Probably in the genus Argiope. Hard to tell if it's a male (would have bulbs or "clubs" at the tips of the front pair of palps) or female (fairly straight palps). Argiope are large with bright coloration & build large webs. Argiope aurantia is very common here in the Northeast.--alfredian

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Thank you, alfredian.

    Its size, bright-yellow underside, and ability to string a web across the road helps confirm your genus identification.

    It occurs to me the letter “A” on its back confirms “Argiope” too. ;^)

    Perhaps this thread can turn us into better naturalists.

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Guess...

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    Wild/Leica M420, Volpi fiberoptic ring light, canon M3 digital.


    Bernice

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
    Guess...
    Good Lord, whatever that is, I don’t feel like there’s a happy story on the way. A jungle indeed.

    Meanwhile, here’s a bee on a Rock Rose that’s so drunk on pollen, he didn’t mind my close working distance:

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    You might notice he has a tiny friend down there. I didn’t notice him at the time. Looks like an orange beetle with black polka dots. They seemed to be shaking more pollen onto the petals than they were collecting. A bit of drunken revelry.

    Nikon FM3a (hand-held)
    Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
    Nikon SB-22s (TTL flash on bracket)
    +1.3 ev flash comp due to bright colors
    Fuji Velvia-50
    1/250th sec. @ f/22 (effective f/32-f/45)
    The magnification was 1:1.3 – or approaching life-size on film

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    What about 4x5?



    Quote Originally Posted by Heroique View Post
    It’s a jungle down there.

    Especially if you get close to creatures – like this menacing spider:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Spider top side.jpg 
Views:	51 
Size:	84.6 KB 
ID:	213473

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Spider underside.jpg 
Views:	43 
Size:	84.5 KB 
ID:	213474

    Nikon FM3a (hand-held)
    Tamron 180mm/3.5 macro lens
    Nikon SB-80dx (TTL flash on bracket)
    Fuji Provia 100F
    1/250th sec. @ f/32 manual exposure (about 1:1.5 magnification)
    Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED/Nikon Scan

    This fellow’s web stretched across a FS road near Mount Saint Helens (Wash. State). It was just high enough for my Honda Civic to pass under. Down the road I pitched my tent, then walked back with my macro lens. I captured the arachnid from both sides. Later that night, let’s just say my dreams were troubled. (If anyone can name the species, they’ll earn my eternal gratitude.)

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    Maybe there are enough people here to give life to a small-format macro thread. What flora and fauna did you capture? What equipment made it possible? The magnification?

    Often macro photography is a painful, knee-breaking, back-aching, strenuous business, so usually there’s a good story behind each shot. Please share yours.

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Casper Lohenstein View Post
    What about 4x5?
    Hey Daniel, for 4x5, there’s an LF macro thread in the “Image Sharing (LF) & Discussion” forum.

    It’s titled “Large Format Macro Images” – about 10 years old and 20 posts.

    You are now in the “Image Sharing (Everything Else) & Discussion” forum. Where smaller formats live.

    You’re not new around here are you? ;^)

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    The trouble with some of these thread titles not specifying smaller format arises for those of us who navigate by clicking on new posts. That just shows the thread title, not which forum it’s in. If we’re going to continue to separate separate out smaller format images, I think it would be clearer if it were specified in the thread title.

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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Ok

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    not

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
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    Re: Post your critters & plants under the macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by j.e.simmons View Post
    The trouble with some of these thread titles not specifying smaller format arises for those of us who navigate by clicking on new posts. That just shows the thread title, not which forum it’s in. If we’re going to continue to separate separate out smaller format images, I think it would be clearer if it were specified in the thread title.
    Clicking on "new posts" does show each thread's forum location (look on the right).

    But I can see how one may get lost if they don't look.

    I'll see if a moderator can add "small format" to the title.

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