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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Sun 01-Dec-13 04:32 PM
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"December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"


Atlanta, US
          

The December contest is Best Macro & Close Up of 2013. This contest is wide open to share your favorite or best macro and close up photo from 2013.

The contest themes each month don't necessarily cover all the different types of macro and close up images we create. Here is a chance to share your personal favorites and your best work. Be sure to include shooting details and any relevant post processing information so we can understand how your image was created.

Participating in our monthly contests can help us to become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month.

These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.

The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.

The winning image will be added to the Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery for the Macro and Close-Up Forum.

We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!

Good luck!!!

RULES:
-- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post
-- Include shooting info so we can learn from each other
-- Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners.
-- When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post.
-- Include a title in the subject line
-- Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens
-- Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback
-- WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.

Note: The number of finalists will be proportional to the number of entries. 50+ post will have 6 finalists, less than 50 will be 5 finalists, and 25 or less will have only 4 finalists.

Eric Bowles
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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2008Tue 03-Dec-13 06:25 PM
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#1. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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My three bubble flowers on a leaf! nikon d90 f20 1/100sec iso200 macro 105 lens


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birdied Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Fri 06-Dec-13 04:21 AM
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#21. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Lovely shot Darlene.
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#36. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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NICE!
These pics inspire me!

  

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#2. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Milk Drop: nikon d-90 f16 iso 400 macro 105


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#4. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Triggertrap??!

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#15. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Triggertrap,,,? what does that mean?

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#19. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Incredible! Very creative and well done!

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#5. "Strange Insect on Golden Rod Blossom"
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D7000, 1/160s, f/13, ISO400, 85mm Micro, Handheld

Just scanning some flowers and came across this creature. Anyone know what this is?




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#6. "RE: Strange Insect on Golden Rod Blossom"
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Jagged Ambush Bug.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/4833/bgimage

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#18. "RE: Strange Insect on Golden Rod Blossom"
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And here I thought I discovered a new species of "mini-dinosaur"!!

THanks for the info and address. First time I'd ever seen one.

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#7. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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US
          

" THE FOOT "

Here's a once in a lifetime shot. Notice the big toe and the 4 other toes! Nikon d90 f16 1/125 iso 200 macro 105


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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2008Wed 04-Dec-13 07:07 PM
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#8. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Go Steelers! nikon d90 f7 1/200 iso 200 macro 105


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#9. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Kiss Me, I'm Really a Frog"
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Title: Kiss Me, I'm Really a Frog

Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 300mm.
ISO 1000, 1/60th sec, F11 and camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator in darkness, laying flat on the ground to shoot at toad level.

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2008Fri 06-Dec-13 01:15 AM
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#16. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Kiss Me, I'm Really a Frog"
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That is way tooooooooo cool!

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mbryan777 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Oct 2011Thu 05-Dec-13 05:35 AM
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#10. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Shy Green Lady"
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Title: Shy Green Lady

Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 300mm.
Taken in dark conditions at ISO 200, 1/60th sec, F11 and camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator.

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#11. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Sucking a Little Sweetness"
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Title: Sucking a Little Sweetness
Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 105mm.
ISO 200, 1/60th sec, F11 and the camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator. I was amazed that the camera was able to lock focus on these moths in flight in night time conditions.

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mbryan777 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Oct 2011Thu 05-Dec-13 01:46 PM
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#12. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Rolling Out My Tongue "
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Bartlesville, US
          

Rolling Out My Tongue
Taken with a D800 and Nikon 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 105mm.
ISO 200, 1/60th sec, F11 and camera flash using the built in AF-assist illuminator. I was amazed that the camera was able to lock focus on these moths in flight in semi-dark conditions.





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mbryan777 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Oct 2011Thu 05-Dec-13 06:52 PM
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#13. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Kitty in the Drop"
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Title: Kitty in he Drop
Taken with a D300 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO.
Shot on a tripod at ISO 200, 1/250th sec, F6.3.
A photo of the cats face was mounted behind the vase with a hibiscus flower and drop. The room was totally dark and a spot light was used to illuminate the cat's face behind the drop. Focus was on the drop and the on-board camera flash was used to illuminate the drop and hibiscus flower. The shot was also taken at F16 so that everything was in focus, but it was too busy and distracted from seeing the drop.

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2008Fri 06-Dec-13 01:17 AM
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#17. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Kitty in the Drop"
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That is very nice indeed!

Darlene

  

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2008Fri 13-Dec-13 01:52 AM
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#38. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Kitty in the Drop"
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MBryan777,

Your choice of photos are beautiful, such detail, really extraordinary,,,I LOVE THEM!

Darlene

  

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#14. "Marmalade Hoverfly"
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Fri 06-Dec-13 08:31 AM by Danygraig

Northwich, UK
          

Marmalade hoverfly approaching lily anther.
D800 & 60mm lens.
f4, 1/1000s, ISO 1000


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birdied Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Fri 06-Dec-13 04:20 AM
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#20. "RE: Marmalade Hoverfly"
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Destrehan, US
          

Fantastic shot !

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#46. "RE: Marmalade Hoverfly"
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Northwich, UK
          

Thanks again!

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birdied Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Fri 06-Dec-13 04:41 AM
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#22. "Mirror Reflection"
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This shot is done with a mirror .

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2008Fri 13-Dec-13 01:53 AM
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#39. "RE: Mirror Reflection"
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US
          

VERY NICELY DONE, one after my own heart! stunning!

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#23. "Southern Baldcypress Seeds"
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#24. "skipper"
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Germantown, US
          

D7000, nikkor 105 micro, 1/1000, f7.1 iso 500



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#25. "RE: skipper"
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Houston, Katy, US
          

Love the detail

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#26. "RE: December Contest -Macro & Close Up-2013-Dragonfly"
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Essex, US
          

D800, 105mm lens, ISO 1100, 1/500 @ f/22 Hand-Held


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#40. "RE: December Contest -Macro & Close Up-2013-Dragonfly"
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US
          

One word for this.........WOW!

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#27. "RE: December Contest -Macro & Close Up-2013-Butterfly"
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Essex, US
          

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#28. "December Contest -Macro & Close Up-2013-Praying Mantis""
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Essex, US
          

D700, 105mm lens, ISO 3200, 1/125 @ f/14 Hand Held


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#29. "RE: December Contest -Macro & Close Up-2013-Praying Mantis""
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Simcoe, CA
          

Love it.!!

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#30. "CD Jewel Case"
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Ann Arbor, US
          

This was shot in February for the On-Line Photo Challenge - Creative Crop. First off, this is part of a jewel case that holds a CD. I put a piece of polarizing film on an LED light and placed the jewel case on top of that. Used a polarizer on the camera to get the colors.

This was shot with the 24-120mm lens rather than a macro lens because I needed more DOF. I also increased the subject distance to further increase the DOF. I wanted the spindle and the far edge of the case to be in focus. I cropped tight so that the bright vertical piece would float above the dark "V" at the top of the photo.

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#32. "RE: CD Jewel Case"
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Essex, US
          

Very cool!


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#31. "Candle and Lens"
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You have seen this before. This is an infrared photograph that was converted to black and white. I mounted the D700/24-120 f/4 combination on a tripod and placed a taper in front of the lens. Had to use a lot of negative exposure compensation to tame the glare. The candle was the only illumination for this shot.

You can see several of the elements within the lens. It was interesting to note that the two leftmost flame images are inverted and are getting larger. This is probably a reflection from the mirror that is making its way back through the lens.

D90IR (720nm conversion), Nikkor 105mm VR f/2.8, f/11, 1/100 sec, -2.67EV, ISO 320. Converted to BW with Silver Effects Pro 2.


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#33. "Boy in the Bubble"
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Mon 09-Dec-13 01:11 AM by lastdaylight

Dallas, US
          

Take a picture of a boy. Display it upside-down on a computer monitor. Put a crystal ball in front of the monitor. Take a macro picture of the image in the ball. Like the water droplet images, but a whole lot easier

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#34. "Seiko"
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Mon 09-Dec-13 01:14 AM by lastdaylight

Dallas, US
          

Seiko watch on Go stones.

D600, 60mm D micro, f/16, 0.5 sec, ISO 250







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#35. "RE: Prawn"
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Northwich, UK
          

Common prawn - Aughrus Pier, Connemara,
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birdied Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Sat 14-Dec-13 09:09 PM
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#42. "RE: Prawn"
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Destrehan, US
          

Stunning shot.

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#45. "RE: Prawn"
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Thanks

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#37. "icy leaf"
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Germantown, US
          

d7000, 300 f/4 with 1.4TC, 1/80, f/6.3, iso 500

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#43. "RE: icy leaf"
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Wonderful shot !

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#41. "Hood ornament up close..."
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Lewisville, US
          

I love old hood ornaments and recently saw this one at a classic car show and just had to shoot it...it's one of my favorite close-up shots for the year.

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#44. "Marbles..."
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Lewisville, US
          

Marbles in Oil Paint
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#47. "Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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Simsbury, US
          

D800, 105 f/2.8, 5 frame stack, 1/20s, f/8, ISO 100, tripod

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#62. "RE: Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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San Diego, US
          

The power of dew to slow down an insect is an important tool for successful macro-photography. Lovely image.

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#64. "RE: Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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>The power of dew to slow down an insect is an important tool
>for successful macro-photography.

Very true and one of the reasons I get up early in spring and summer.

>Lovely image.

Thanks Carolyn.

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#65. "RE: Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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Gorgeous shot!

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#66. "RE: Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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Simsbury, US
          

Thanks Birdie.

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#77. "RE: Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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This is simply gorgeous. The detail, the color . . . made me shiver!

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#78. "RE: Skipper on Vetch 2013"
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Thanks Carol. Much appreciated.

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#48. "Northern Paper Wasp"
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Simsbury, US
          

D800, 105 f/2.8, 1/4s, f9.5, ISO 100, tripod

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#49. "RE: Northern Paper Wasp"
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wow John, talk about closeup! those are wonderful!

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#55. "RE: Northern Paper Wasp"
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Thanks very much Darlene.

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#50. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 - Radiant Beauties"
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Milwaukee, US
          

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#51. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013 -- Rose for Emily"
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#52. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013--Tropical Delight"
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#53. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013--Calla Lilies"
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#54. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013--Mums for You"
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#56. "The Color Yellow..."
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Lewisville, US
          

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#57. "Humingbird Moth"
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Wed 18-Dec-13 01:29 PM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          

D7000 ISO 640 200mm F8 @ 1/2000

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#58. "Fly on High Jump"
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Wed 18-Dec-13 01:30 PM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          

D7100 ISO 400 105mm F18 @ 1/200

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#59. "Ambush Bugs"
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Wed 18-Dec-13 01:30 PM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          

D7100 ISO 400 105mm F10 @ 1/250

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#60. "Sweat Bee"
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Wed 18-Dec-13 01:35 PM by VR8

Ottawa, CA
          

D7100 ISO 400 105mm F11 @ 1/160

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#94. "RE: Sweat Bee"
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US
          

May I ask how you got so close with a 105 lens? I have one, but cannot get quite this close...just wondering. Beautiful shot.

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#95. "RE: Sweat Bee"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Extension tubes between the Camera and the lens. Kenko make a great set that keep auto-focus and exposure metering. You lose that with the Nikon tubes. The sets come in three sizes, start with the smallest 14mm I think, I now use the middle one most frequently 24mm. You can combine tubes but then a tripod is essential. Hope this helps.

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#61. "Flower Fly and Harvestman"
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Wed 18-Dec-13 01:35 PM by VR8

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D7100 ISO 200 105mm F9 @ 1/250

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#79. "RE: Flower Fly and Harvestman"
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Simcoe, CA
          

The future does not look too bright for this little guy.

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#87. "RE: Flower Fly and Harvestman"
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Ottawa, CA
          


Nothing like a little drama!

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natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004Sun 29-Dec-13 09:15 AM
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#86. "RE: Flower Fly and Harvestman"
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San Francisco, US
          

Like it.


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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Sun 29-Dec-13 01:57 PM
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#88. "RE: Flower Fly and Harvestman"
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Ottawa, CA
          

Thanks!

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hnease Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Aug 2012Tue 17-Dec-13 01:44 AM
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#63. "bee attacking flower"
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Germantown, US
          

d7000, nikkor 105 micro, 1/60, f/14, iso 320, sb700
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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Wed 18-Dec-13 07:46 PM
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#67. "Match Flame"
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Oakford, Devon, UK
          

I’m sure my mother told me not to play with matches, but nevertheless I’ve got through a few boxes to support my photographic experimentation. In this case I was using a light sensitive trigger to capture the fast ignition of the match head. This one particularly appeals as you can see the tiny sparks dancing in the flame and the already charred tip of the match.

D800 + 200mm f4 Micro
ISO 200, 1/250s at f16 with SB700 flash



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hnease Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Aug 2012Wed 18-Dec-13 07:53 PM
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#71. "RE: Match Flame"
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Germantown, US
          

Very cool! I love the detail of the sparks.

Great shot!

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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Wed 18-Dec-13 07:48 PM
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#68. "Common Morpho Butterfly"
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Oakford, Devon, UK
          

This Common Morpho butterfly at Wisley Gardens, Surrey, UK, has one of the most elaborate under-wing patterns I've seen, with six ‘eye’ motifs and a lovely grainy texture. It sat still long enough for me to take a short sequence of images to stack together to get more depth of field.

D800 + 105mm f2.8 micro
ISO 320, 1/200s at f9 with SB700 flash

Geoff



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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Wed 18-Dec-13 07:50 PM
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#69. "Atreus Owl Butterfly"
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Oakford, Devon, UK
          

For a few weeks each year at the Wisley Gardens in Surrey, UK, they release tropical butterflies into the glass house. Monopods are allowed, but not tripods (other than on specific photography sessions), so getting good sharp images close-up is difficult. This Atreus Owl specimen sat quite still for a couple of minutes, giving me time to get as close in as possible and take a number of shots.

D800 + 200mm f4 micro
ISO 400, 1/250s at f16 with SB700 flash

Geoff



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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Wed 18-Dec-13 07:51 PM
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#70. "Mushroom in the Woods"
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Oakford, Devon, UK
          

A cold and very calm day in October gave me the opportunity to set up my tripod in some woods nearby where I live and capture all the detail surrounding this mushroom with a stack of 131 pictures. I really like the diversity of leaves, colours and textures that exist together on the forest floor which you don’t see from a distance.

D800 + 200mm f4 micro
ISO 320, f11, 1/160s

Geoff


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mjhach Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Dec 2010Wed 25-Dec-13 11:32 PM
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#80. "RE: Mushroom in the Woods"
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Simcoe, CA
          

I know that there are programs which control the focus mechanism on cameras that take the lens through a number of slices of focus to achieve what you demonstrate in these images. I found software called "Control My Nikon" but you have to take the laptop to the camera in order for it to control it. How do you get your portability for this type of photography, as it really lends another dimension which you cannot get no matter how high your f/ stop is set.

I have a D7000, and 85mm micro.

THanks.

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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Thu 26-Dec-13 10:45 PM
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#81. "RE: Mushroom in the Woods"
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Oakford, Devon, UK
          

Michael,

I control the camera's movement manually, to take the series of pictures, then use Helicon Focus to merge them together. This thread contains more info about my method:
http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=169&topic_id=52763&mesg_id=52763&page=

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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Thu 19-Dec-13 08:43 AM
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#73. "Stargazer Stigma"
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Thu 19-Dec-13 08:43 AM by GBaylis

Oakford, Devon, UK
          

I used an extension tube on my 200mm Micro lens to get as close as possible to this Stargazer Lily stigma and I was amazed at how well the pollen showed up - like grains of rice.

D800 + 200mm f4 Micro + PN11 52.5mm extension tube
ISO 400, 1/13s at f11. Stacked from 43 images.


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ChristianF Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2007Wed 18-Dec-13 11:11 PM
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#72. "RE: Stargazer Stigma"
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Montreal, CA
          

Geoff, your work is extraordinary! Are you using Helicon Focus ?


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GBaylis Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Sep 2012Thu 19-Dec-13 08:48 AM
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#74. "RE: Stargazer Stigma"
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Oakford, Devon, UK
          

Thanks Christian. Yes I use Helicon Focus, but move the camera manually on a Novoflex Castel-Cross Q rail rather than using the Helicon Remote software.

Geoff

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Camel Toad Registered since 06th Dec 2012Sun 22-Dec-13 05:58 PM
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#75. "Grasshopper on the fence"
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Austin, US
          

From first day shooting with my new 105 AF-S

D7000, 105 AF-S, Handheld @ 1/200 F16 ISO200
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natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004Sun 22-Dec-13 08:15 PM
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#76. "badge"
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San Francisco, US
          

3 exp HDR
D7000, 105 micro VR
f8, 1/125s, iso400


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natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004Sun 29-Dec-13 08:54 AM
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#82. "bella"
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San Francisco, US
          

D7000
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iso200


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natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004Sun 29-Dec-13 09:04 AM
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#83. "flora"
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San Francisco, US
          

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105 micro vr
f/4
1/60
iso100
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natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004Sun 29-Dec-13 09:09 AM
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#84. "manzanita 1"
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San Francisco, US
          

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f/16
.8
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natashadak Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2004Sun 29-Dec-13 09:12 AM
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#85. "manzanita 2"
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San Francisco, US
          

D7000
105 micro vr
f/11
1
iso100
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Danygraig Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2009Sun 29-Dec-13 03:17 PM
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#89. "Goby & shells"
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Northwich, UK
          

A goby peering out from amongst a collection of shells, Aughrus pier, Connemara.
D3, 60mm. Twin strobes.
1/160s, f32, ISO 200



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massulo Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 07th May 2002Tue 31-Dec-13 02:39 AM
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#90. "RE: December Contest - Best Macro & Close Up of 2013"
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Tampa/Lutz, US
          

Spot Light
Taken in my backyard of this Bee taken handheld

D300
Nikon F4 70-299 F4
F6.3
1/320
Iso 400




Preston-(The Tampa Nikonian)..D610


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KenLPhotos Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009Tue 31-Dec-13 07:35 PM
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#91. "Leaf Stuck In Fence #9982"
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Tue 31-Dec-13 08:29 PM by KenLPhotos

Stewartstown, US
          

D700, 105.0 mm f/2.8, ISO: 3200, 1/100 s at f/6.3

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KenLPhotos Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009Tue 31-Dec-13 07:36 PM
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#92. "Lunch Time #9820"
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Tue 31-Dec-13 08:28 PM by KenLPhotos

Stewartstown, US
          

D700, 105.0 mm f/2.8, ISO: 3200, 1/100 s at f/36.0

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KenLPhotos Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009Tue 31-Dec-13 07:37 PM
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#93. "Entrance To The Cave #9693"
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Tue 31-Dec-13 08:27 PM by KenLPhotos

Stewartstown, US
          

D700, 105.0 mm f/2.8, ISO: 450, 1/100 s at f/22.0

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