Jun 302010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 100mm (Tripod; Cropped for focal point)

You have to see this one enlarged to really appreciate it.  I took this yesterday morning… when I noticed the moths fluttering around this Velvet Mequite tree … little did I know just how many had joined the party!

I’ve been working on using my tripod… getting comfortable moving the camera on it and finding my shot.  Quite a bit different than trying for the macro and supermacro shots in which it is very easy to find the subject matter, just have to get close enough.  What I have discovered is that with the zoom lens, it  is just another way to get a macro shot… but with a some safe distance between me and the subject. Also, easier to take a photo with sun against my back without causing a shadow to fall in the wrong place.  Or as I learned it this photo… getting stung by a wasp.  I’m fairly positive that if I didn’t have the telephoto lens, I’d never have been close enough to take this one.

  14 Responses to “THEME: Green (Party)”

  1. This is very cool! Glad you posted it for Show and Tell!

  2. Glad I enlarged it. That was some capture! All those moths and that one yellowjacket. Could I ask what kind of tripod you got? I’m going to have to get a decent one at some point, but don’t know the first thing about getting one. Though because I’m always moving around, I’m thinking a monopod might be more suitable.

    Anyway, I’m glad you picked this shot for your “Show and Tell”-

    • I bought a Sunpak 2001 UT off of amazon for just under $20 (plus shipping). This one is only 4 ft tall… I have since learned that a tripod should be your eye level… without raising the middle piece, at least not much. I’m short but not that short. Still, I wanted a tripod small enough to easily carry so this does the trick. It came with 2 quick release plates, thus it is easy to switch cameras. It swivels in lots of different directions, which has taken a bit of practice to get the hang of. At first I kept moving the tripod, instead the swiveling! John Greengo would shudder at spending so little money on the tripod. I would say this is equivalent to one that I spent $50 on many years ago… but that is still a “cheap” tripod. I guess you are supposed to spend $100s — the best have a ball to swivel the camera on, which makes sense. But I am living the economy life! The other reason that you want a more expensive one is so that it is more steady. Unless I tighten everything up just right, there is slippage. I noticed it most on the moon shots. I thought the moon was moving fast. It is one reason that I haven’t followed the advice to take my camera off the image stabilizer when its on the tripod. The tripod does hold the camera a lot more still than I do… but its not perfect. Hope this helps.. and I’d love to know what others are doing for tripods.

  3. It doesn’t look like you came late to the party! What a chance shot to get all that detail from the bush and the visitors….

  4. Wow! Wow! Wow!
    What a capture……. Love that you got so many and it’s definitely one I would not like to see you get any closer too.

  5. So well seen and shot. That must be some fine pollen.

  6. It does look like a good time is being had by all. Great eye for a shot.

  7. definitely a post to enlarge, so many details, great and the variation wow

  8. definitely a post to enlarge, so many details, great and the variation wow

  9. Definately use that zoom for desert snakes too! This is a fun and amusing image with all the flutter-bugs and their party.

  10. I am so glad you had your zoom lens…that looks dangerous…hope that moth gets away soon! :) Fabulous capture, looks like a Starbucks for bugs! :)

  11. Sorry Hail Hail! LOL

  12. Haik Haik the gangs all here! Womderous gathering.

  13. That is quite the party! Your shot is delightful…

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