As much as Eva hates my camera now, I managed get two semi-candid ones of her next to the living room window with my 50mm that I liked, and 1 outdoor "walking" one....I'll include those at the end. These are the first of her since my August 19th post with the pink & orange flowered dress!
Here are my latest nature shots....I hope you enjoy seeing them!
1. 3rd instar Monarch caterpillar
2. Peck's/Yellowpatch Skipper butterfly
3. same skipper, but showing the less-commonly-seen wingspread
5. Red Spotted Purple butterfly (in full sun :/ )
6. Monarch caterpillar, eating machine!
8. Coy Jumping Spider (that's its name really! but I call it the teddy bear jumping spider)
9. Black Swallowtail on Butterflybush
10. still-new Monarch chrysalis
new Eva pics:
1. (will have to get settings from home, Flickr doesn't show them after I run Noiseware..but they're probably the same as the next pic)
2. 50mm, ISO 800, f/2.5, SS 1/125
3. 55mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, SS 1/200
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 09-15-2010 at 01:02 PM.
p.s. Sadie, after I replied to your PM, I was composing my nature share and discovered I DID have 3 newer ones of Eva LOL!
Oh my goodness! These are amazing! I will tell you my favs- 1, 5, 6, 7, & 8! I LOVE the catepillar eating- great capture! Your grasshopper looks amazing too. I am so glad you sharing these. I am curious too about you finding these. Do you go out looking for them or what?
I love the last 2 of Miss Eva. She is a doll. I am a sucker for 'walking away' photos. There's just something about them.
Thanks for sharing!
Absolutely amazing! How do you get these so tack sharp? Do you use a tripod?
My "babies" are Abigail (6/06) and Caleb (1/08 )
Over 95% of my wildlife pics are from my own yard. I keep a wildflower garden that is filled with nectar-producing perennials, most of which are native to the U.S. I do this to attract the wildlife. Areas like these are so important to them. It helps me that the flowers themselves are beautiful too! Even the birds use them--the hummingbirds for the nectar & bugs, the goldfinches for the seeds in fall.
No I don't use a tripod. I just go out and walk around and around the perimeter of my garden, and look for subjects. In summertime there are TONS and every walkaround finds me a new species. I love it so much.
As for sharpness, that comes with tons of practice and shooting....I have many shots that didn't quite "make it"....whether the critter was flying away, running away, moving just out of focus (easy to do with the ridiculously shallow DOF that my converter has!), or what not. You learn too to predict their movements and to approach them VERRRRRY slowly too. The other big factor is wind...or even a breeze....with that DOF even a slight breeze can make you have to hold the plant stem they're on sometimes!
edit: the Monarch chrysalis is one from a caterpillar that I brought inside to "raise" after one of the wild Monarch cats in my garden got killed by an assassin bug. When that happened I brought in the last remaining 4 cats on their milkweed into a large container so they could be better protected until they turned into chrysalides. I have 4 chrysalides now...the last caterpillar positioned into a J yesterday so I'm sure when I get home he will already be morphed! When the chrysalises mature and the butterflies emerge, I'll set them free. I did this 2 years ago too.
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 09-15-2010 at 03:24 PM.
These monarch caterpillars are just too cool Even their chrysalis is neat looking!
I wish I had your flare for nature photography. Mine always seem so dull. You've got a great eye.
I'm also really loving the new shots of Eva!!! Candid or forced, doesn't matter ... she is just TOO CUTE!
p.s. wait till you see the more mature chrysalises....this one hasn't hardened yet...they become smooth jade green, get gold dots on them which are beautiful, and when it's close to emerging time, they become clear and you can see the orange/black/white of the adult Monarch butterfly inside!