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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Aug 5, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Was just in the garden, and had this close encounter....

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Here are 2 full size images:
http://cal3d.com/NGA2017/B1.jp...
http://cal3d.com/NGA2017/B2.jp...

BTW, I hope you will share pics of your insect friends here, too. Smiling

Note: 8/31/17 .....just found who she is.....a Gulf Fritillary







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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 5, 2017 5:19 PM CST
Beautiful!
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Frogs and Toads
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Archivesgirl
Aug 5, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Breathtaking...freedom for the butterfly but moments in time captured. I tip my hat to you.

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Aug 5, 2017 6:02 PM CST
Thanks for the nice comments.....I was lucky to have my camera ready, and she posed nicely.
I don't know what her name is(?).

We have a lot of anise, and I've tried several times to get a pic of a Tiger Swallow Tail that cruises through flitting here & there everyday, but she won't
light & stay put(!) Rolling my eyes.
But I'll keep trying. Smiling
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 27, 2017 7:36 PM CST
Very nice shots @ EscondidoCal.
Thought you might enjoy posting them at the butterfly forum too https://garden.org/forums/view...
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Aug 28, 2017 9:39 AM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:Very nice shots @ EscondidoCal.
Thought you might enjoy posting them at the butterfly forum too https://garden.org/forums/view...

Thanks for the suggestion....I didn't even know there was a butterfly forum here!
I have more pics of Monarchs and Dragon Flies to post, too.
So much to explore, learn, and share. Thumbs up

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Aug 28, 2017 10:41 PM CST
I'm not sure what he may be. We found him (and left him) in Mackey ID. His body was about 2 inches (not counting his "tail")
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Aug 29, 2017 1:06 AM CST
DaisyI said:I'm not sure what he may be. We found him (and left him) in Mackey ID. His body was about 2 inches (not counting his "tail")
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I think it's a cricket of some sort.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Aug 31, 2017 12:31 AM CST
EscondidoCal said:
I think it's a cricket of some sort.



I wonder if he and his relatives were the chirpers during the eclipse.

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 11, 2017 8:29 AM CST
This dangerous beauty was enjoying the mint blossoms a few days ago.
Hemipepsis ustulata.....The Tarantula Hawk!

They aren't aggressive (at least in my limited experience), but if provoked,
can (according to the Wiki) deliver the ", .... the 2nd most painful (sting) of all insects, the Bullet Ant being THE most painful."
The stinger is ~1/4" (.635mm) and not barbed, like a 21gauge hypodermic needle. (see full post in this thread)

The advice is , "if stung, stop, drop, and scream like no one is listening!"

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Does anyone have a story to tell about them, good or bad? They aren't a problem for me (yet).
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 18, 2017 3:00 PM CST
As I was taking pics of a Tithonia rotundifloria, 'The Torch', Mexican sunflower, and went to remove a bit of
what I thought was a twig, I was surprised to see this little predator instead.
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Then, as I took more images, another visitor showed up, all happening 2 ft away. No one paid
any attention to the photographer.

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The little spider held his/her own, and was left unharmed, ready to pounce....hopefully on a fly, not a bee. Smiling Crossing Fingers!

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 19, 2017 2:15 AM CST
Here are comparisons of the same image: Averaged/right-on vs HDR vs PseudoHDR.
(mouse-over/out to see the images swap)

The "Averaged" image is how the camera took it in "P" mode.
The HDR is based on 3 images (one right-on, one +1ev, one -1ev) combined in Easy HDR using the Natural2 preset.
The PseudoHDR was based on just the right-on/averaged image using the same preset.

1. Averaged image vs HDR

2. Averaged image vs PseudoHDR

3. HDR vs PseudoHDR

Hand-held Panasonic FZ150 on a slightly breezy day.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
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Pistil
Sep 19, 2017 8:37 AM CST
How interesting. Thank you Cal-
So if I get this right when I hover over it and it changes, that is the one you list second. So for the first one when I hover I see the HDR.
I spent a few minutes looking at these, and I think I actually like the PseudoHDR best. I might do a bit of Photoshop to get the bright spot on the left dimmed down a bit, it actually looked best in the Averaged Image I think. I have been playing around in Photoshop/Lightroom, there is a feature where you can pick the areas to combine and it might work well here. Or possibly crop it.
This is a case where it is hard to get it right without some manipulation, due to the lighting and the busy background, and the desire to include the animals.
Brightening it up a bit with HDR sure helped me see the spider. But it sure is not trying to be camouflaged!
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 19, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Hi Mary,
yes, the HDR is the one that shows more in the shadows....it's not as good as I'd like, since the
breeze moved the stem in the back, so you see the double image.
But at least the spider and flower its on were not moving, so it worked as an HDR (more or less).

Ideally, the subject should be absolutely still, and have the camera on a tripod. But I always try it anyway
handheld, and am able to get many good images (imho).

re: PseudoHDR.....I agree...I thought it was best, too. Since it was based on one image, it doesn't have
the double image artifact problem.

re: Photoshop.....a friend of mine used it to create a PseudoHDR that looked very good, but I don't have PS.
Also, there are 2 schools of thought (always).....some are purists who refuse to use it. But I've seen
some very good images that would not have been possible without HDR, or at least a lot of PS work.
Those who use HDR, i.e. at least 3 images, usually +/- 2ev/f-stops plus one "right-on" will say it still
is best to get the range of tones, whereas one image doesn't have all the data.

Some shoot only RAW (not sure which flavor...there are several).....I've tried a single RAW image for
creating the PseudoHDR (I think that's the correct term, but may not be standard),
but didn't think it was as good, imho, as the multi-image HDR.

It's personal choice, and everyone is entitled to do what they like. I don't ever (well, hardly ever) tell someone they HAVE to
do this or NOT do that. Experiment, and do what pleases YOU. Thumbs up

I don't enter photo contests because I don't want to try to please the judges. I love this forum where you can share your
pics with so many & learn as much as you want.

Hope you go out and have fun taking pics today. Smiling
Cal

ps-
ALWAYS take off the lens cap, buckle your seat-belt, have fun.
NEVER use your camera to drive a nail into a board, or put wasabe up your nose.

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"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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Sep 20, 2017 6:58 AM CST
re: RAW images.....just saw this thread about it, and will try it out (again).......just wish they gave it a different name....."RAW" evokes too many unsettling images......I like everything cooked....."well". Smiling
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Sep 20, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Love all your photos Cal Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Keep it coming!
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 20, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Thanks Tarev! Glad you liked them. Smiling

When it cools down more, I'll have more time to post more images instead of
watering & keeping things alive and/or working. Thumbs up
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 24, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Some of today's crowd..... Smiling

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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Zinnias Morning Glories Annuals Bee Lover Dragonflies Butterflies
Hummingbirder Birds Salvias Region: Pennsylvania Garden Photography Dahlias
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luvsgrtdanes
Sep 27, 2017 1:37 PM CST
The dahlia pic is especially nice Cal I tip my hat to you.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Sep 27, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Thanks, luvsgrrrrrrtdanes. Big Grin
You never know who you'll see....I think they're having a snack.

This is when I (almost) wish I had a real macro lens, but it does a fair job, imho,
and I don't have to fumble with different lenses. Smiling
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