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Winter Hoverfly by dalantech Winter Hoverfly by dalantech
Doesn't look like winter...

Tech specs: Canon 40D (F13, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (@1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (manual mode 1/32).
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:iconstumm47:
Stumm47 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these flies, theyre like the acrobatic helicopters of the insect world.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's cool to watch them maneuver :)
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:iconstumm47:
Stumm47 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it is! I must try to get a video of it sometime!
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JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
These photos are all so clear :heart: .
:+fav:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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SteevDragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
WOW! That's great! so clear you can even see the little balance nubbins that stabilize his light! Great job!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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SteevDragon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
your welcome!
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Sandy33311 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Really spectatular, John. :love:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :hug:
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you always rely on your naked eye for focusing? My eyes got fatigue rather quickly using MF. Perhaps aging has something to do with it, or it's an excuse for poor skills. :giggle:
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dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have to use manual focus -even if the camera could focus the lens (the MPE-65mm is manual focus only) it would never place the area of acceptable focus where I need it to be. I look for textures in the area where I want the middle of the depth to be ;)
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the additional tips, John! :bow:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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Tanja0869 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Ah thanks, now I get it. Your lens does not only do 1:1. Just googled your lens and am pale with envy ;-)
One of the best galleries I have seen here. Amazing shots.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Tanja0869 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Wow, that much better than mine :-)
What do you mean by " (@1.5x)" if you don't mind me asking?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

I had the MPE-65mm macro lens set to about 1.5 times life size. At life size the objects in the scene are projected onto the sensor at their original size. So something that's one centimeter square would cover a one centimeter square section of the sensor at life size. Hope that makes sense -not sure if I'm describing it well ;)
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superguppy1987 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
OMG ... I love those little flies that look like a wasp! :D
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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nyucat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
wah :wow:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:icong3ckko:
g3ckko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Photographer
Hmmm weird... all the syrphidae have died long ago where I live.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's about all I'm seeing. A few drone hoverflies out today, but in the area I was shooting in the wasps are still hunting for protein so everything is nervous.
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g3ckko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Photographer
Concerning the photo, I am pretty impressed with how well the diffused flash heads work. The reflection in the compound eyes is so minimal. I absolutely need to try it too when my 50D comes back from canon.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Did you see my blog post on the diffusers? [link]
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:icong3ckko:
g3ckko Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009   Photographer
Nice one! I will try that.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
8-)
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:icong3ckko:
g3ckko Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009   Photographer
Damn it, I just got my 50D back from canon. They made a revision and cleaned the cmos sensor... it cost me 300 €... is canon support that expensive in the states too?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
They charged me $115 USD to repair my MPE-65mm.
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