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More critters of all kinds with Tamron SP180... (image heavy!)

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by JPS, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Hi... I hope I'm getting a bit more used to the Tammy 180 mm !?! Here's a few more "bugs" that I shot yesterday ! Most of them haven't been cropped at all... I'm so used to shoot tight !

    All shots with Nikon D700, most on tripod ! All the PP was done on Capture NX2 (I only added the signatures in Photoshop !). The Exifs Datas are embedded in the images !

    (All the images have been uploaded in 1200 pixels on their longer side ! To see the right size, click inside the image !)
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    The BODY of this spider was more than 1/2" (~1.5 cm.) long... ID ?
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    This one was around 2" (+5 cm.) wide... Any idea of the name ?
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    Another nice kind of camouflage, isn't it ?
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    .....and..... the sharpest of all !!
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    Comments, tips ?

    Cheers,
    J-P.
     
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  2. that spider would have freaked me out! all nice shots...good job
     
  3. Nice set.

    You don't need any shooting tips.

    Nikoncafe is not downsizing your vertical shots so I'm missing part of them. May I suggest 900px vertical as a maximum?

    Cheers,

    Larry
     
  4. Excellent set! I like my Tamron 90 but sometimes I need more reach, and was thinking of the Sigma 150 macro. Do you like the Tamron 180?

    Very nice shots!
     
  5. Great pics. The last shot of the Dragon is excellent.
     
  6. Thanks ! It did freaked me too... that's WHY I bought a longer lens: to stay further away from these "things" :wink: !

    Cheers,
    J-P.
     
  7. Thanks Larry !

    May I suggest that you simply scroll down your screen a bit ? I know that many people are still using smaller monitors, but since mine is 24", I use 1920x1200 pixels viewing ! When I look at an image smaller than 1000 pixels, it seems so ridiculously small...

    :smile:
    J-P.
     
  8. Hi Alex ! Thanks for looking and commenting !

    I used the Tamron SP90 for 7 years, but allways thought that it was a bit short for some critters... I eventually bought the 180 as I read plenty good reports on it's sharpness and contrast... and also that it hasn't got any color cast !

    ...the only drawback is that now I have to use a tripod with it, as at my age -I'm 63 years old-, I'm no more as "stable" as I used to be :frown:...

    ...another thing is that it's AF is quite SLOW, but I read that all long macro-lens have the same "problem" ! ...never mind, I use manual focus most of the time for this kind of shooting !

    :smile:
    J-P.
     
  9. Thanks "naknak" !

    I'm quite pleased myself to have been able to get the whole body sharp !

    :smile:
    J-P.
     
  10. aspiringphotos

    aspiringphotos

    Sep 26, 2008
    Kansas
    Great series! And yes, it is a challenge to get the whole bug in focus. That is a very pretty spider, whatever it is, but I wouldn't want to get too close either!
     
  11. J-P

    Excellent work with that macro lens - beautiful shots all of them - and I would have to agree with some of the others - I'd want like a 900mm lens to shoot that spider so I didn't have to get near it! hahaha
     
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  13. Thanks Kelly and Paul !

    :smile:
    J-P.
     
  14. ....guess you're right.... I'll try to think of it...:wink:

    J-P.
     
  15. 3whiteroses

    3whiteroses

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    May 23, 2008
    Maryland
    Great images...I especially like the bee photo! As far as the spider goes, I can not bring myself to photograph one (not right now)!

    I have the same lens and used it yesterday to shoot butterflies. I have not loaded my pics yet - so I'm not sure what they are going to look like on the big screen.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring photos.
     
  16. Counter

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    That's a great set of pics! The Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) will only be around for a month or two and then will magically disappear again until this time next year. It's a female - the males are much smaller and quite drab in comparison.

    I like the first shot of the Painted Lady the best.

    (I think the brown butterfly is a Grayling of some kind - there are quite a few Graylings so I wouldn't like to say which one!)

    (edit - or it could be a male Dryad (Minois dryas)??)
     
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  17. Love the last meadowhawk. They pose well sometimes.
     
  18. Excellent series J-P. The images are all very sharp with great color. I like the red dragon fly very much. You are doing very well with your new lens. I have a copy of the 180 and have been happy with it. Thanks for sharing them.
     
  19. Thanks Angela !

    The bee image is one of my favorite in this serie... it made me think of some fireworks, with the "explosion" of the petals under the bee and in the background... sometimes "luck happens" (too :Curved:)  !

    Cheers,
    J-P.
     
  20. Thanks a lot for the NAMES ! Ohhhhhhh how much would I know more about these critters, their habits and lives ?!?

    :biggrin:
    J-P.
     
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