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You are right about the flying part Johan
More light gives faster shutter speed

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When is a photo considered a macro and not just a close-up?

Here are a couple of my "macro" photos

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Love the pix, francoisd! The orange hue of the lily-type flower is especially striking.

Don't know about the correct definition for MACRO, but I doubt that any of your shots will be disqualified from such a catagory...

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Macro photography is a type of close-up photography. The classical definition is photography in which the image on film or electronic sensor is as large or larger than the subject. Therefore, on 35 mm film (for example), the camera has to have the ability to focus on an area at least as small as 24×36 mm, as this is the size of the image on the film. This is a magnification of 1:1.

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Have just ordered the new Sigma APO 150mm F2.8 EX DG Macro from Warehouse express, Should have it in the next day or so, will have to try it out this weekend and pack it again for Thursday :lol: will be in Centurion next Friday morning. :D

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My SO rescued a dragonfly out of our waterhole this past weekend and got it to sit on his hand to dry off. This gave me some time to play with my camera’s macro function

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Nice macro's Jumbo

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WOW, Jumbo, those are smashing pix!!

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Great stuff Jumbo. For interest sake it looks like a Common Tigertail (Ictinogomphus ferox) It has the largest wingspan of the dragonflies of the Family Gomphidae that occurs in our region. The wingspan can be up to 90mm


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Thanks for the kind comments (@Gwen too :wink: ), but it really did not take a lot of skill to get the shot. The insect was recovering and I could put the camera right in its face…the rest was done by the camera.

@Francoisd, thank you soooo much for the ID. I was very tempted to ask in the animal topic, but with the pix not being taken inside a park, I decided against it. You are a star! :D


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Interesting perspective, the redbug – it somehow landed up on the windscreen of my car near Shingwedzi and I thought it would make for an interesting shot.

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When I tried to identify the bug this “introduction” at the Transvaal Museum quickly put paid to that ambition: With around one million named species and perhaps several times that number unnamed, insects account for a great majority of the species of animals on earth. They are a tremendously successful group. Insects also show huge variety in shape and form. Almost the only condition their group does not attain is very large body size. A number of features, however, are shared by most kinds of living insects. In addition to the general characteristics of uniramians, these include a body composed of three tagmata, a head, thorax, and abodmen; a pair of relatively large compound eyes and usually three ocelli located on the head; a pair of antennae, also on the head; mouthparts consisting of a labrum, a pair of mandibles, a pair of maxillae, a labium, and a tonguelike hypopharynx; two pairs of wings, derived from outgrowths of the body wall (unlike any vertebrate wings); and three pairs of walking legs.

So, unless we have some forumite with specific knowledge of this redbug – that is what it will remain – a redbug!

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The dragonfly we encountered at the Nyawutsi hide. What makes this insect interesting to me is that it appears to have a set of wings on ONE side of its body only, and yet it managed flight quite competently! Dragonflies are found world-wide except for in extremely cold regions such as Antarctica, northern Canada and Asia, and Iceland. There are about 5,000 species. Again, I have no idea to which specie this specimen belongs. I imagine one can get totally taken in by dragonflies as a photographic subject – they are so colourful in appearance, life cycle and habits!

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Got some more macro shots at a KZN venue. Some strange fly
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and a shot of an impressive spider. The spider's web was spanning accross a road. We saw the spider, but not the anchor line holding it up, so we actually made the web collapse as we drove through underneath. What was amazing was the spider's actions following this incident. It appears to collect the destroyed web and the retreated back up into a tree. A friend of mine are of the opinion that the spider will somehow recycle the silk into a new web. How true that is I do not know, but the pix shows the blob of silk that the spider had collected!
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A friend of mine are of the opinion that the spider will somehow recycle the silk into a new web.

10/10 for your friend!
Since spider's silk is made of protein, all web-weaving requires considerable amounts of protein. Recycling is the easy way to get it back, and even if a spider misses a few meals, it can still go on spinning webs.

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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
Interesting perspective, the redbug – it somehow landed up on the windscreen of my car near Shingwedzi and I thought it would make for an interesting shot.


:lol: And I thought I was the only one thinking that it might be an interesting idea to take a pic of an insect that landed on the windscreen of the car..... :wink:

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And another Insect that liked our car.
This little guy was sitting on the rubber edge of the side window and was just about 1,5 cm long.

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Again not a 'real' macro, but my most favourite close up.

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not a real macro but it qualifies as an insect :

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