Bug-Off 2014

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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby Matt » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:05 pm

These green stinkbugs cause damage to leafy plants
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:34 am

Nice little stinker.

Next week I have to make a trip to Singapore to renew my Visa. I see they have a very nice botanic garden. I'm hoping to have time to go there with my camera!!
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby Matt » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:11 pm

Some bark-colored tree-hopper
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Grass Spider
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:17 pm

Matt, the last spider photo is gorgeous. Fantastic composition and execution. Showed it here to my employees who have been watching this month's Bug-Off closely!!
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby Matt » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:34 pm

Thanks. I actually shot that with a 140-600mm tele with extension tube.
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:14 am

Hi from Singapore. I spent the afternoon at Singapore Botanical Gardens. Hope I got a few good ones. I came across this dragon. This photo is with iphone. All I had with me was the macro lens. What would you have done? Would you have gotten close? I went around the other side and got within a meter! Hope the photo turns out.

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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:19 pm

I know it's not a bug but I shot this while I was shooting bugs in Singapore.

Here is the komodo dragon that I ran across in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. All I had with me was my macro lens, so I had to get very close. My heart was racing, and after I took the photos and stepped away I was out of breath. I have no idea if dragons bite, but ignorance breeds fear!

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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:59 pm

Wide Jaw Viciria jumping spider - Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Female Mangrove St. Andrew's Cross Spider - Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Maroon Darter Dragonfly with parasites - Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby Matt » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:00 pm

well.... that scares me away from visiting any gardens in Singapore
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That spider is freaky!


Here's another non-scary garden spider

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And a bumblebee
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:21 pm

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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby Matt » Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:17 pm

Wow! All amazing and sharp!
What are you using for lighting?
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Re: Bug-Off 2014

Postby macnmotion » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:59 am

Matt, I use a Meike MK-14 EXT ring flash. It is essentially a copy of the Canon model but a fraction of the price. I have been using it in TTL mode but from what I understand I might get better results in manual. I shoot in the camera's M mode at F18 and 1/125 second at iso200.

A cool feature is that the flash has LED lights as well as the strobe. You can flip on the LED to help with focus.

What do you use for light?

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