Ugly Bug - 70-200VR + 500D

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Flew, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    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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  2. Those jaws look like they'd hurt if they clamped on to you! Yuck! Nice shot though--very sharp! :)
     
  3. Nice one Frank, how big was it?
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Martin,

    Pretty big. I'd say an inch long. Any idea what it is?
     
  5. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    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.
     
  6. PGB

    PGB

    Jan 25, 2005
    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. :)
     
  7. OUCH... :( ....wouldn't want to have my finger near that guy... :shock:

    Nice shot......
     
  8. 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:
     
  9. linm

    linm

    182
    May 3, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Whoa! Made my skin crawl!
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. Leigh

    Leigh

    Feb 19, 2005
    Alabama
    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!
     
  12. Excellent macro shot Frank. You have nailed the exposure and DOF (one can see texture on both the body and the legs).
     
  13. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    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:
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. Yikes Frank that is a wicked looking beetle. Very nice image by the way.
     
  16. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    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,
     
  17. 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
     
  18. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    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!!
     
  19. 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.
     
  20. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    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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