on the back veranda last night.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 20th February 2008, This photo: 10:03pm

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  • donnamatrix said:
    my, they are rather leafy, aren't they?
  • yewenyi (文意) said:
    wow, beautiful shot.

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  • Panorama Paul said:
    Wow... that's great camouflage!! Okay, so the birds aren't going to eat this guy... but what about the caterpillars!? You're not giving your macro lens much time too cool down, hey David? ;-)
  • maasha said:
    Wow, that is a wonderful bug ...

    And a trick to the book. Do not be afraid to carry the little buggers from where you find them and put them on some natural background. Natural background could be a potted plant (get one on your balcony for this situation). Noone can tell a potted plant form real wild life surroundings anyway.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    I see you're making great use of your new 100mm macro.
    How do you like it?
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite so! There's another variant that lives around the Brisbane area that had 22 dark spots on it's wings that look exactly like a slightly eaten eucalypt leaf.

    Thanks Brian :)

    Ah, good point about the caterpillars, I wonder how many get investigated... It's my new fav. lens - so versatile, I shot a portrait session the other day with it.

    Hmmm, good point. Would have looked better on a branch. I suspect though that it'd fly off if I tried to move it.

    Absolutely Cecily - 'tis a wonderful lens. Bit of a learning curve with the close macro stuff, but I can't complain about the sharpness of the lens.
  • Jack High said:
    Very good, excellent detail all through the head and body. The katydid on an (almost) single focal plain plus a slightly deeper depth of field have worked very well. I often find I open the aperture too wide and have too little in focus, but you have done very well here. You're definitely in control of that lens.

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  • looby88 said:
    Katy did what ? Do they make a noise like the sound of their name, is it a grasshopper sort of thing ? Looks like you caught it in mid poop...

    I so want this lens, good to see its keeping you off street corners as well ! As your lovely wife said you are a macro fiend !
  • David de Groot said:
    He was just in the right spot for that. On the two subsequent shots he turned around a bit so he no longer lined up with the focal plane - quite annoying.

    Apparently they do make such a noise, although this one was entirely silent. I did notice the dag, but figured, what can you do - never work with children or animals apparently ;-)

    It's a great lens, doubles as a very good portrait lens, not bad for specific landscape work either, and obviously it's good at the macro side of things too :)
  • maasha said:
    First you take a couple of shots where you find the bug - then try to move it. Can be tricky with big spiders ...
  • David de Groot said:
    Moving spiders ??? Not likely!
  • rumblemumbles said:
    wow they would have been tricky to spot they look very much like a leaf. Great photo.
  • David de Groot said:
    Amazing aren't they ?