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And now to something completely different

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by tojor, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    from the dragonflies I use to post. So many great shots here lately that I would post something else.

    How about some Robber flies?

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/40s    ISO 250

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 250

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/200s    ISO 250

    or Scorpion flies?

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/100s    ISO 250

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/200s    ISO 400

    or a happy hopper meal (I think)

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/60s    ISO 250

    Ok. It won't hurt to post one Libellula quadrimaculata shot.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/200s    ISO 250
  2. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    Great shots... ugly flies. Those scorpion flies are a little scary looking, I have never seen them before. Beautiful Libellula...
  3. Amazing shots, Torben. I like the Scorpion flies. I have never seen anything like that. Thanks for another excellent series.
  4. Ha haa, the L. quadrimaculata saved this post! :tongue:

    By saying you´re posting something different I thought potatoes or something...

    No really, robbers will do, (you know, especially) scorpions will do as long as they´re shot as excellent as these...

    By the way, about the "happy hopper meal" shot, could it be that the hopper is getting rid of its "old skin" as it looks like one of those "spike-tailed" hoppers and there´s similar spike to be seen on the skin... and I think they aren´t meat eaters...
  5. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    your work is simply the best
    pls share the setup
    are these on a tripod ?
    how do you fire the shutter ?
  6. Well, Torben, if they come in such a pictorial quality, then I have nothing against any sort of flies :biggrin:

  7. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Paul. I find the robber fly very fascinating. I watched this guy for a while. He was on the lookout for prey and suddenly attacks another flying insect. Most of the times he fails and returns to his lookout spot. I call him the Schwarzenegger fly.

    Thanks Tom. I always appreciate your comments.

    Tak Jukka. I think you maybe right about the hopper. I better ask on our the experts on hoppers on our nature forum.

    Sorry I didn't post my settings. I was too much in a hurry. The shots are all with the D300 and the 300mm f.4 AF-S. I used two Kenko tubes (36mm + 12mm) for the flies and the hopper. No tubes for the dragonfly. I have the Kirk collar on the 300mm and all shot on tripod, mirror lock up and release cable. Thanks for reminding me and for your comment Randy.

    Thanks Harry. Some flies are nicer than others.
  8. CAClark

    CAClark Guest

    Used to see Scorpion Flies all the time, but haven't seen them for a long time now. Wicked set of shots.

  9. Torben
    those shots are fantastic
    very well done
  10. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Craig. I rarely see them as well but at this particular spot there were several.

    Thanks Greg. Very nice of you to comment.
  11. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    do the Kenko tubes AF w/ AFS lenses ?
  12. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Yes they do. Both autofocus and autometering works with the tubes. I usually only use one or sometimes two tubes at a time. With all 3 tubes there is too much play.
  13. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Now that this thread has made it to first page again I might as well show another shot of the Scorpion fly.

    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/400s    ISO 400
  14. quyd300


    Apr 3, 2008
    I like #1 and #2. Very interesting bugs!
  15. Dr A

    Dr A

    Feb 2, 2008
    State College, PA
    Scorpion fly shots are just stunning. Very well done.
  16. Very nice indeed but what do you know about them?

    Well you have a female and a male, but when it comes to mating the female is a bad tempered *****. So the male has a trick up its' sleeve. He excludes a small amount of a very sugary substance on to the leaf, and the female who just LOVES sweet things, begins to sup it up. While she is absorbed it this activity,the male jumps her and gives her a large portion.:eek: :eek: :eek: 

    I have tried this with a box of Lindt Chocolates, but it did not work.:biggrin:

    Who said that this section did not have a wealth of relvent information.:cool: 

    BW. Bob F.
  17. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    I've heard that flowers have a better effect. :wink:

    And if it doesn't work you can always shoot them with your camera instead. :rolleyes: 
  18. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Quy. I was looking for the robberfly with prey. Only got one blurred shot before he took off. Didn't want to share apparently.

    Thanks a lot. They are very odd looking insects.
  19. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    Your friends are really ugly! lol

    Great Captures!
  20. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Gary. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you know. :biggrin: To them I was probably some scary looking old geezer. :eek: 
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