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    A Few Friendly Creatures

    Mantis by day. Found on a paperbark tree where it was almost invisible.




    Onto my hand for a while, and a few shots, before returning to the wood.


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    Drone Fly, after watering the garden one day.


    Gearing up for a little preening.


    And now for my next trick.

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Mud Wasp, maybe. Immobile on a flower in the middle of the day, unusual for a hungry wasp. Still there when I got back with camera.


    She flew around the garden a while, but too cold for more than short trips in search of nourishment. But it wasn't food she was after, uninterested in the butterfly bush behind.


    Adopted for the warmth I was, and she held on. We are more dangerous than they are.


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    What are the odds ...

    A flightless wasp, had a habit of falling out of the trees where I was staying a while.


    Can’t remember their name, doing what all creatures do, engaging in the process of reproduction. The essence of nature … to live and die and live again.


    Move over mate. These beetles have a season or two in the garden, depends on the flowering. They like the native ‘crocus’ and various flowering herbs. Here a straw-flower, with a resident spider.

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    So great to be back and see this post as one of the first in the list. I just found the emailing saying we are clear of hacks and bugs in junk box fingers crossed for the road ahead and we see a bit of activity after the forced break.

    As for this post, I love your work Mark and I'm so glad to see you are still here posting. Your work sets the bar for macro photography and a real standard to aspire to.

    Cheers Nate

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Great to see new shots from you. the wingless female wasp is amazing

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Quote Originally Posted by Nate_Patterson View Post
    So great to be back and see this post as one of the first in the list. I just found the emailing saying we are clear of hacks and bugs in junk box fingers crossed for the road ahead and we see a bit of activity after the forced break.

    As for this post, I love your work Mark and I'm so glad to see you are still here posting. Your work sets the bar for macro photography and a real standard to aspire to.

    Cheers Nate
    Thanks Nate. A pleasure to be of service. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hispid View Post
    Great to see new shots from you. the wingless female wasp is amazing
    Thanks H... I only found it once in 13 years, up in Noosa area.

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Your clarity is amazing. Are you using a ring flash with some of these shots?

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Quote Originally Posted by closei View Post
    Your clarity is amazing. Are you using a ring flash with some of these shots?
    Clarity is most important, isn't it. I spent years getting it as right as I can, for now.

    These few pix are from my macro page (sig link) https://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - if you search the word VELCRO you will get to the start of my bit on setups going back a ways, will explain most of it.

    Never used a ring flash. On camera flash is snooted and diffused down a bleach bottle cut to fit, lined with crumpled foil inside and with some filler material covering the opening to break the light up further. More diffusion on the lens itself. Got to be careful not to just block the light with heavy material.

    This is basically for 2 - 4 inches working distance, using strong achromat on Oly 60 macro lens.


    This is for 4 - 9 inches WD, using weaker achromat.


    And this is for the rare long shot, using fill flash, no achromat.

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Thanks Mark, I’ve been following and envying your work for some time now. Can’t get close to reproducing your results though. My question regarding the ring flash was in response to the ‘doughnut’ reflection in the water drops. I guess the lens or achromat could do that working very close.

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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    So great to be back and see this post as one of the first in the list.
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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    All beautiful (as usual) Mark. I have (had) paper wasps around a fair bit but recently had one slow right down & sit still for me (maybe a male before expiring) & managed to get some photos of it (all in daylight & no flash). Fascinating creatures they are.
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    Re: A Few Friendly Creatures

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross the fiddler View Post
    All beautiful (as usual) Mark. I have (had) paper wasps around a fair bit but recently had one slow right down & sit still for me (maybe a male before expiring) & managed to get some photos of it (all in daylight & no flash). Fascinating creatures they are.
    Thanks Ross. It's the opportunity you have to ready and willing to take that counts, even if it on its last legs.

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