Category Archives: Lenses

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Using Extension Tubes and Tele-extenders for Macro

Extension tubes and teleconverters are two methods of gaining magnification with lenses. Both accessories are designed to fit between the camera body and the lens. Many beginning photographers purchase these as affordable tools to expand […]

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Budget Entry-level Macro Equipment

What  DSLR equipment would I recommend for beginning, budget-conscious macro photographers? While I can’t speak to mirrorless cameras and compact systems, the DSLR equipment that I would recommend would look something like this: Canon EOS […]

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Odds and Ends

◊ A Ghost In The Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee is an excellent short documentary by Day’s Edge Productions on the plight of an endangered bumble bee. It’s nice to see an excellent macro […]

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Out, damned spot!

  One of the more frustrating problems in natural light insect photography, particularly with insects with large eyes, is the large specular highlight that is created by the sun. A small catch light in the […]

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Book Review: The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-up Photography

Have you heard the phrase, “Write the book you want to read.“?  Well, when I first flipped through this book after I received my free copy in the mail,  my first thought was, Someone wrote […]

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Ant vs. wasp with a spider in the middle.

Every year I come across a few spider-hunting wasps, but I have yet to see a paralyzed spider actually being pulled into the nest. This time it seemed a sure thing: I first spotted the […]

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Bee-mimic Assassin

I don’t often get the chance to photograph robber flies (Asilidae), so it was nice to have another opportunity this year during a visit to Halfmoon Lake Natural Area on the 13 June. I had […]

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Scenes from the hive

During the last workshop, we had a photo-session with bees at the hive. While it is not generally recommended that instructors take images for their own purposes during a workshop, the participants were all comfortable […]

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