Ugly Bug - 70-200VR + 500D

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I came in through the front door tonight and saw this guy. I just couldn't pass up such a chance, so I ran in and got the D2H and 70-200VR with the 500D mounted. I also used the SB-800 (it was very dark).

Tell me this ain't uuuuugly. 8)

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Frank the ones I have seen like this are about 2 1/2 inches.

They are fierce looking for sure. Seem pretty docile though. No haven't put my finger on one :>))

Great shot.
 

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Frank,

Nice capture of what looks like a Stag Beetle.

On a critical note it would be better if the beetle had cooperated and moved to the right of the frame more to get out of the silicone weather sealant.

They are ugly in a cute sort of way. :)
 
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Icky! Yikes! My seven year old loved your image. It just gives me the heebie jeebies! But never pass up an opportunity for a great shot. :shock:
 
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yup frank dat be oogly, but ya done good capruring it. that combo is super crisp. I picked up the 500D and ma heading to Knotts Island, NC this afternoon. will use it with the 70-200 and also shoot some with the 200micro. going down for a wildflower bloom. hope to post a few "prettier" thingys when I get back.
 
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That's one creepy looking bug! Not to mention how sharp the shot is...

You should bring that combo over and shoot in my garden...there are some pretty fierce looking creatures lurking out there as well! Had a wolf spider crawl across my foot the other day...I hollered and the boys laughed!
 
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dmwphoto said:
yup frank dat be oogly, but ya done good capruring it. that combo is super crisp. I picked up the 500D and ma heading to Knotts Island, NC this afternoon. will use it with the 70-200 and also shoot some with the 200micro. going down for a wildflower bloom. hope to post a few "prettier" thingys when I get back.
Dave,

Please, please post some comparison shots with both of these lenses. I need to know whether or not to stop lusting after the 200mm Micro. :roll:
 
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Flew said:
[Please, please post some comparison shots with both of these lenses. I need to know whether or not to stop lusting after the 200mm Micro. :roll:
Frank,

I will post some comparison shots between the 70-200VR and the 70-180. I couldn't use the 500D in the resident garden because I couldn't get close enough to the lilies and zinnias. Overall, I like them both. I will try and post tonight. I look forward to images from the 200 micro.
 
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Thanks Gordon. Shooting macros is a lot of fun and considerably less pressure than the birdies. I think that this is something that I'm going to really enjoy. :wink:

Crystall,

Please do post some with the 70-180 and 70-200VR + 500D. My macro lens lust has primarily focused on the 200 micro until you and a couple of others made me aware of the 70-180 alternative.

I can't wait to see your shots.

Thanks,
 
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Actually, this stag beetle is beautiful, and well captured, too.

In case you are interested I will ID it tomorrow when I'm back at the museum (should be fairly easy).

Cheers
 
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Harry,

I am absolutely interested. I'm just now beginning to learn about the birdies that I shoot, and am a total neophyte when it comes to the insect world. I would love to learn more about them.

Just FYI, this guy (gal??) was shot in North Alabama, just a few miles from the Tennessee line.

Thanks!!
 
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So, I found him. It is a male of Lucanus capreolus, actually a rather common species, but since I am not a specialist on Lucanids, I could not tell at first glance.

If you think this is a rather big beetle - the largest Lucanid is about 5 inches long.
 
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Harry S. said:
So, I found him. It is a male of Lucanus capreolus, actually a rather common species, but since I am not a specialist on Lucanids, I could not tell at first glance.

If you think this is a rather big beetle - the largest Lucanid is about 5 inches long.
Harry,

Lucanus capreolus huh? I'll try to commit that to long term memory. :wink:

One question. Uhhhh, exactly how did you know that it was a boy bug?? :)

Thanks,
 

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