Fungi in the sun

Fungi in the sun by V-Light
Nimfaio mountain | 26.10.2012

 

  Been digging up some older photos related to nature for something that i’ve been working on the past 2 weeks…If everything goes as planned i’ll be able to share more details in the beginning of next week!

p.s. Does anybody know the scientific name of this mushroom?

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Golden Banded Garden Spider (Banded Argiope)

Banded Argiope Spider 23.09.2013
Banded Argiope Spider | 23.09.2013


Another Banded Argiope spider that i found laying around at some blackberry bushes next to my house. This photo was taken at sundown so i used a ring flash to illuminate the spider. Again i used the trick of placing a black piece of paper behind the spider to cut out the annoying background and make the spider web more visible.

Canon 60D, Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC macro HSM, Shutter speed: 1/200s, Aperture: f/8, Iso: 640

  It’s still windy here. Hence the shutter speed and the not so great depth of field. The spider it self doesn’t move if not poked, so i could have used a slower shutter speed and an aperture of f22+ to maybe get the web focused too. This is the last of the 6 spiders i had located around my house…and unfortunately i don’t think it will be here for much longer.

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Dolycoris Baccarum

Sloe Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) | 2011
Sloe Shield Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) | 2011

 

I used to find this bug only in its brown variation and when i saw this one i fell in love. Purple is my favorite color anyhow. I took this photo with my Canon 450D, using an old manual Jupiter 135mm lens with extension tubes. Aperture was set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/200s and iso 100, on-camera flash was also used. This might not be one of my best macro shots but i can’t help to love the color!

 

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Tiny Gecko

tiny gecko sitting on index finger
tiny gecko sitting on index finger|2010

 

  Isn’t that cute? 🙂 I always had a fascination with macro photography. It unveils a world full of details and textures that our eyes alone cannot see. But what can you do when you don’t have the equipment needed? I started off by using close up filters on my 18-55mm kit lens. For a beginner it was ok but i did notice losing a lot of detail, that’s what happens when you stack 3 more cheap elements on an already cheap lens. I cannot afford a dedicated macro lens so i’m mainly working with the two cheapest solutions that don’t mess with image quality: extension tubes and a lens reversal ring. This particular photo has been shot using a Canon 350D with the 18-55mm reversed, using a cheap reversal ring i bought on ebay. As you can see you can get incredibly close and and still get a lot of detail.

  Next week i’ll be making a post about macro photography and will share with you some tips and tricks you can use to get better photos. Stay tuned 😉

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Golden Banded Garden Spider

Golden Banded Garden Spider by V-Light

I found this amazing spider next to my house :D  An excellent model since it didn’t move around a lot. I had enough time to set my camera on a tripod and use an A4 paper behind the spider to cut out the distracting background.

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