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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #750 on: March 12, 2012, 11:26:56 AM »
Not to take anything away from the castle ruins the Pacific Northwest is so famous for, but that there be shooped.


Here's a glasswing butterfly, which is kinda neat.

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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #751 on: March 12, 2012, 11:32:17 AM »
No, not the castle pic, the tree pic I quoted earlier. :)


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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #752 on: March 12, 2012, 01:12:05 PM »
That tree pic looks real, I don't recognize the type of tree but with the right lens trees growing on a slope will look like that.

Love the glasswing shot.

How about some regular old painted lady butterfly macros:





They are easy to "domesticate" if you feed them drops of sugar water on your finger starting as soon as they emerge from the chrysalis.  They used to raise them in one of the developmental biology labs, following them from egg to butterfly back to eggs.

My favorite bug to photograph is the dragonfly.


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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #753 on: March 12, 2012, 01:24:19 PM »
That tree pic looks real, I don't recognize the type of tree but with the right lens trees growing on a slope will look like that.

Love the glasswing shot.

How about some regular old painted lady butterfly macros:

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They are easy to "domesticate" if you feed them drops of sugar water on your finger starting as soon as they emerge from the chrysalis.  They used to raise them in one of the developmental biology labs, following them from egg to butterfly back to eggs.

My favorite bug to photograph is the dragonfly.

Did you take those? Nice detail. Feel free to post some dragonfly pics.
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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #754 on: March 12, 2012, 01:30:17 PM »
Did you take those? Nice detail. Feel free to post some dragonfly pics.
Yeah, I took those, here's a couple of web pages I did that follow their life cycle, done before I got my DSLR, so taken with a point and shoot:

http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/bfly/bfly2.html

I've got a lot of dragonfly picts on my server, will have to hunt around for the best ones...


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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #755 on: March 12, 2012, 01:38:28 PM »
Some dragonflies:
Old survivor, looking at the chunks taken out of it's wings it must have narrowly escaped a lot of birds.
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Dragonfly eating a fly:


And a few more:




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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #756 on: March 12, 2012, 01:58:22 PM »
Very nice. What kind of lens you got there?
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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #757 on: March 12, 2012, 02:16:44 PM »
Very nice. What kind of lens you got there?

Thanks, Those were probably taken with a Tamron 90mm macro lens.  I've also got a Canon 100-400L that isn't quite as sharp but is good for when you can't get close or need faster focusing.  Dragonflies will let you get pretty close if you move slowly.

I was stalking a red fox and her pups with the Canon lens once, trying to hide behind some mounds of dirt when she popped up on top of the one I was standing behind.  She was right in my face, I froze and looked at her for what seemed like minutes but was probably only about 15 seconds, as soon as I moved a tiny bit she ran off to the next pile of dirt and I got one good closeup of her face.  Searching my picts I can't find that one at the moment.



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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #758 on: March 12, 2012, 02:24:12 PM »
Found the fox pic:


She was probably 30 feet away at that point, here's what they were doing earlier taken from about 300 feet away:



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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #759 on: March 12, 2012, 02:27:09 PM »
Awesome!


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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #760 on: March 12, 2012, 02:45:10 PM »
Awesome, indeed. That close-up of the fox is incredible.
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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #761 on: March 12, 2012, 04:00:11 PM »
WOW! That is such a beautiful picture, Marty! Would you mind if I posted it on tumblr? Do you have a site or even a flickr account where I could give you credit?

By the way, I am insanely jealous of you and your rural lifestyle.
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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #763 on: March 12, 2012, 05:51:03 PM »
WOW! That is such a beautiful picture, Marty! Would you mind if I posted it on tumblr? Do you have a site or even a flickr account where I could give you credit?

By the way, I am insanely jealous of you and your rural lifestyle.

Go ahead.  I don't have a flickr account and my website has needed an update for about 10 years now...  I don't think I have that picture linked from my pictures page at http://science.widener.edu/~schultz/digipicts.html

I live and work just south of Philly, not much rural lifestyle around there, all my rural activities are out in south central NJ where I keep my horse...

 


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Re: The Awesome Pictures Thread
« Reply #764 on: March 12, 2012, 06:24:23 PM »
Done, and thank you.

You're not far from me then -- sounds like Chester county, unless you're still in the city limits. I'm in Lancaster county. I live in a town but hope to soon live in the woods. :)
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