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marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
nice work! Some nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!

Saturnia pavoina close Kopie





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Behind The Lens

I've found the moth on my work as a landscaper, then took it home (it sat on a very dangerous place). In my surroundings I know where to find possible mating partners for this female small empereor moth.
It was in the evening, so the orange glow of the sundown colored the highlights on the picture.
All natural light was used here, I barely use flashes or something. Maybe because I'm lazy.. But with low sunlight you can never go wrong to shoot wildlife.
I used the Sony a6000, together with the Samyang 100mm f2.8. I adapted this Canon-mount lens with an Sigma MC11. Now I have the proper E-mount version of that same lens.Nothing else was used.
One of my favorite photographer is clearly Thomas Shahan with his ultra macro shots of jumping spiders. It's not the same style but it animates me to get closer to the perfect macro-shot.
It is quite processed afterwards, also because I use the RAW-file. I rised the lows, so the structures becomes more visible. Some color- and contrast-adjustments, little bit of sharpening.
In my camera bag
I'm split in three with my photography. For macro like this I use the Sony a6000 with the Samyang 100mm f2.8 Macro lens. For Wildlife I use the Sony a6500 with a adapted Canon 500mm f4 IS and for landscape there is the Samyang 12mm f2 that fits on the camera that is less used in the moment with the other to situations.
It's quite easy to get a picture like that. Got you a macro-lens ore build one with a reversed-mounted wide-angle lens. Then go to a field with flowers an search for insects or spiders and study its behavior for a moment. Wait for a quiet moment an hit the shutter. As far as settings use the fastest shutterspeed you can get. I set my ISO a little bit higher around 250-500 to get an even faster speed at good light, like a 1/1000th ore something like that. Insects can be very quick. Take as many photos you can get, because you never know if the focus is not exactly on the eye if you only got a single hit.

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