Sweet honey by andlb (236)
RobBrown (1797) 2004-07-25 9:23
Very nice view of a hoverfly after the pollen in the flower, honey is what the Bees make from the nectre obtained from the flower.
Hoverflies are one of the garden good guys, their larvae feed on aphids - green/black fly that plague our flowers and vegtables.
DoF seems a little shallow when this close you realy need to be atleast F8 better still F16 if you have it available.
Paradise lost by Jeppe (18654)
Beholder by andlb (236)
RobBrown (1797) 2004-07-23 15:23
Cracking good picture this lot of detail in this head shot. Nice one.
I would differ in the Ident of it though, and would plump for a Red-veined Darter (sympetrum fonscolombii) because the lower part of the eye is blue, both have the yellow stripes to the legs and yellow areas to the wing.
Smiling but not winking at you by jstewart (1150)
RobBrown (1797) 2004-07-22 1:04
Very nice study of his face, the eyes are especially good, nose is a litle soft in focus. I find that I have to use single point metering for this sort of shot to fool the camera into taking the front of the object, otherwise it tends to focus behind the front giving a soft feel to it.
For Your Eyes Only by milloup (1829)
RobBrown (1797) 2004-07-21 18:22
The use of the multiple close-up lens works well here, the face is perfectly pictured so much detail, it shows as much detail as the line diagrams in my ID books use to show the facial differances between the speicies.and going by it and the extent of the black line between the eye and the front of the face I would say it is a Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum).
Like Didi`s idea for toning down the flash power, I find even plane white paper works well just increase the number of layer till the picture looks good.
Vipera aspis. by Esox (252)
RobBrown (1797) 2004-07-21 15:03
This Adder (english name) is very nicely captured, loads of DOF allowing us to view the whole well. the light area at the bottom could do with darkening a fraction, use the burntool at a low level say 15% with a soft edged brush.
The sentiment of allowing them to live is one I wholey agree with you most snakes will slide away into hidding, in fact most will go before you even see them. Only when cold first thing in the morning will they tend to stay put.
Thank you for sharring
Too Tight to Fit by milloup (1829)
RobBrown (1797) 2004-07-19 17:10
Congratulations on both photos they are superb. it is definatley Sym. Striolatum Common darter (swap your common names around).Luckly you to find it so close to its larvel shell as this normally happens over night and they are gone by 1st light.