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Guy MIller wrote:
(sorry he wouldn't line up his wings properly for the shot.)

That's an absolutely amazing shot! There must be a good technical story behind it ... it has to be more than just blind luck.

Oh, you say you had a piece of banana taped to the side of the lens?? :wink:

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You're close, chuckm!
I many of the shots you see similar fruits in the background. I think he's bribing his insect models with rotting fruit, probably wearing a nose filter while shooting them close-up, mere centimetres away...

Nothing wrong with that, it still needs almost inhuman patience to get shots like these, one in probably several thousands he took to get this one.

I can be a patient person, but life's too short to wait for a shot like that. But he'll have the last laugh when he'll become rich and famous with his Lamma wildlife shots, winning competitions and being featured in National Geographic some day soon?

He's already become too big for the Lamma-zine, not letting me feature his copyrighted photos anymore... I know I'm not worthy... :bow:

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chuckm wrote:
Oh, you say you had a piece of banana taped to the side of the lens?? :wink:

As L-B says - fairly close to the mark.

If you look closely at the picture you'll see lots of little splatterings of honey
on the lens - no banana strapped to the side, but it's an option I might
consider employing. It's just the thought of 30 or 40 killer hornets
buzzing round my head leaves me a little wary.

As far as the settings on the camera are concerned I completely screwed up
the shot, but am practicing at the moment (got a great practice fly shot in
dive mode I'll post later).
I'll try & do better.

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L-B wrote:
He's already become too big for the Lamma-zine, not letting me
feature his copyrighted photos anymore... I know I'm not worthy... :bow:


Tsk Tsk L-B, as you know that is stretching the literary management of our
discussion somewhat to the limit.

I have no objection to my pictures appearing in the blog, in fact I'd be more
than flattered if they were really good enough.
But, whilst I'm personally thrilled at some of the pictures I take, coz I know
what it takes to get them, I can also see that having only owned a camera
for a few months how failing in quality they are. :oops:
I'd be embarrassed at the much larger readership of the regionally lauded
Lammazine blog and those failings being exposed to a wider audience.
The forum is ok. There are only an average of 20 viewings per posting, &
they all think I'm nuts anyway, so no problem.

Also, it's partly the morph they seem to experience from my mailbox to
yr mailbox which leaves me a little reticent. :wink:

But as soon as I have anything that I think is really good I'll let you know.
Watch this space for the next few days. :roll:

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Hahahaha, I knew that a little teasing might warrant a detailed reply.

But there's no quality criteria for the Lamma-zine Blog, as it's supposed to feature stuff from anybody in the community, as long as it's interesting and suitable. I'll publish it verbatim and won't touch the text and pictures if the submitter doesn't like it, unlike the vast majority who appreciates a bit of editing and typo-fixing. Nobody has ever complained about my cropping, lightening and sharpening their photos before, but I'll oblige to most demands from the submitters as it's their materials.

Looking forward to your best shots and I'm very sure they'll beat almost all other wildlife shots I've published so far. There's been a drought of good wildlife shots in the blog in the last few months. I haven't received much from other people and I'm too intimidated by your quality shots (no kidding!) to publish any of my own crappy wildlife shots...

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Get a shot of those wasps that attack dragonflies, paralyse them and then take off with them, using the dragonflies wings as gliders, then.

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Nobody has ever complained about my cropping, lightening and sharpening their photos before,

Philistine.


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Thank you, Granola Boy,
Coming from you, this could be considered a compliment?

I've never claimed to be more than a sheer amateur shutterbug, even though more and more people seem to be willing to pay me a few bucks for taking pictures, to my big surprise. It's probably because I'm the cheapest, working just for food sometimes...

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
I've never claimed to be more than a sheer amateur shutterbug, even though more and more people seem to be willing to pay me a few bucks for taking pictures, to my big surprise. It's probably because I'm the cheapest, working just for food sometimes...

This is apropos of what?


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Getting far too chatty here & L-B looks as if his getting an intro for another
whip round for the Lammazine..... So here's another pic

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chuckm wrote:
There must be a good technical story behind it ... it has to be more than just blind luck.


I didn't realize Guy is blind - there must be a truly amazing technical story behind it...


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Sorry to disappoint AB, but blind luck is closer to the mark.


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I'm very interested in the microscopic flora and fauna that infest the hardened outer crust of the sun baked lamma dogs egg.
Do you think you could possibly take a few nice macro shots for me Guy?

Thanks in advance

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Be delighted to ChertseyB......, if you click on the image it'll take you
through to something that might get yr attention :shock: (
not for general public viewing & don't forget to click on the little box
in the corner once yr in there)

Now all I have to do is get the muck off the lens !!!

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More blind luck...

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Guy, I just gotta ask ... how do you capture these amazing shots? Do you set the camera up and sit back with a remote control just
outside the "stinger danger zone"? The image quality is perfect for web presentation.

Looks like you are able to use a fairly fast shutter speed, and I assume it's a digicam with a macro setting.

Oh damn, I forgot, it's probably a new i-Bamboozler (all the rage on Lamma, so I hear) so it just sits there by itself, watching
for just the right moment ... and then .................. Wham! . 8)

I don't know about L-G and all the other contributors, but I'm beginning to suffer from "shutter envy" :(

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Chuck!
Now you've done it and blown Guy's deep dark secret!

Yes, Guy is the proud owner of the latest model of the "Bontempi Gigapix Fandango i-Bamboozler", the Mach-99Xtra model.
It's absolutely fully automatic, just sitting there all night on his rooftop and when its on-board Artificial Intelligence infrared-sensor movement-detector pattern-recognises anything interesting flying around, it zooms in, sets all the camera's picture-taking parameters fully automatically, takes multiple shots and then its BSS (Best Shot Selector) chooses the best one and automatically uploads it by Gigabit Wi-fi wireles network connection directly to Guy's website.

He gets up very late in the morning, all well-rested, and has a look at the latest photos uploaded to his website. All he has to do himself is to choose his own favourite pictures of the night and hyperlink them from these forums. That's the ONLY thing he has to do manually, but the next model of the i-Bamboozler might likely add this hyperlinking feature as well...

You see, taking these shots is so much easier than most people think! Why should us traditional, manual photographers get shutter envy? As long as Guy doesn't start competing for my paid photo shoots with some of my clients, I don't mind but even appreciate his fantastic wildlife shots very much.

Anyway, his wildlife pictures are far beyond in quality from any other photographer living on Lamma Island, hopeless to try competing, we'veall given up already. Maybe with the sole exception of the Official Court Artist's fantastic insect shots, but he's only a temporary, occasional Lamma resident... :wink:

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Thanks the praise L-B & for getting me out of a tight spot.
(Knows it's only coz yr looking for my old Bontempi when I upgrade)

Besides, thought I was going to have to make up some cock & bull story
about sitting for endless hours with my Nikon D70 & 60mm macro lens
4-8" away from a bunch of rabid hornets continuously getting tangled in my
hair & landing on my face & arms as I either blow on them from a distance
of about 4" or knock them off their resting position with a 6" twig whenever
they settle to get a bit of movement out of them & all without remote control
coz D70 doesn't have one except some stupid thing that works from in
front of the camera (if I had one).

Now all I have to do is try & work out how to stop them getting the lens on
my Bontempi so dirty when I'm not around.

But Chuck, or anybody else, not trying to intimidate anybody, just trying to
get better pics. I started by posting some pretty bad ones, & now with these
Bontempi's around, anybody can take reasonable to good pics with a little
patience & thought.
So....., anybody got any pics? (if that isn't a troll invite, I don't know what is)

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.......... some cock & bull story about sitting for endless hours with my Nikon D70 & 60mm macro lens4-8" away from a bunch of rabid hornets continuously getting tangled in my hair & landing on my face & arms ...........

Gawd! The things some people will do for science! :wink: . I wish I could afford a D70, or even a D50! . 1,600 Canadian bingo-bucks (D70s with lens) is just a bit too steep (well, a lot too steep actually) for this photo-challenged soul. I think I might be able to afford the rotting bananas though.

I'd love to go to the effort of automating it just for the pure technical fun, spending endless hours getting it to sense a close-up insect and snapping a shot. The software and hardware challenge is so sweet! Years of experimenting, hundreds of stings and thousands of false starts might produce at least one useable shot that approaches Uncle Guy's polished performance.

*sigh* . :?

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