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The Gardener's Friend

The Gardener's Friend
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Meyer Optik 50mm f2.8 with eos adapter, Kingston 16GB 266x
Exposure: f/1.4, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-01 6:58
Viewed: 1954
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ladybirds nymph about 8mm in length and is the friend of all gardeners because of the amount of aphids that it consumes.

The Ladybird has many variations in spot numbers and colour variations.

My first upload since my stroke last year. This was taken in my garden with an Meyer Optic 50mm f2.8- 5 lens with a x2 prinzeflex converter (all from my old film setups,) on the front of the lens was Raynox m 250 all mounted on a two way track system for in/out and side to side movements. The f/stop is shown as f1.4 but the lens was set to f22. This setup is not recognised by the camera so I use AV mode which allows the camera to set the shutter speed according to light. The whole setup is tethered to my laptop in live view which makes seeing the image a lot easier.

Thanks for viewing

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Hello Bill,
Nice nymph in beautiful colours. Not in total sharpness, more details on the leaf. Good DOF and a fine vertical composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-01 8:09]

Hello William,
Wonderful close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,lighting,sharpness and details are excellent.
Regards Sigi

great macro with stunning details. Thanks for showing

Ciao William, great macro of lov4ely larva, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Bill
very nice picture of a
SEVEN SPOT ladybird nymph
wich you can see on the spots on the body

great shot
thanks gr lou

Hello Bill

Excellent close-up photo of this insect, with fine POV
and appropriate vertical framing, beautiful light,
and beautiful contrast between the color tones, TFS


Hi Bill,
nice to see you back from your stroke.
A fine close-up shot with decent sharpness on the head and feet, the shallow DOF I think deepens of the extra lens and converter.
The colours are nice and natural and ) also like the POV and composition.
About stacking: I have done a lots of stacking last years, one of the best progz is Helicon Focus,
if you have a newer version of PS, Ps6 or PS CC , its easy to do stacking.
An example,
More than 20 image, stacked in Helicon Focus.
Pity the insect move the rear left leg during the exposures.
Well done.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-02 14:57]

Hi William,not the best sharpness but very very difficult with a small nymph like that,a brave attempt,interesting,well exposed and with bright colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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