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Ye very ol' Vespula Coloured stangely by evening' electric light, he wonders what is happening. Shall he sting again? Will he notice he's already met his creator? Canon  EF12mm II,European Hornet,Geotagged,HDR,The Netherlands,Vespa crabro,macro,soligor 12mm,soligor 20mm,soligor 36mm Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Ye very ol' Vespula

Coloured stangely by evening' electric light, he wonders what is happening. Shall he sting again? Will he notice he's already met his creator?

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  1. Did you train this wasp to sit still for 32 seconds? (Or is it not so much alive anymore? It looks a bit dead).
    Still nice close up of this head study.
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. Sh**, you spoil the fun! It's a HDR composed of 5 pictures. I found this one, quite large and indeed quite dead, on our window sill. The picture was shot in the evening with no natural light, the 5 pics took some 5 minutes in total:) Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
      1. I have tried to do macro before without proper light and long exposure time instead but the result was quite bad. With this one you did manage to get a good quality. Well done!
        Did you use a macro ring to get this magnification?
        Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
        1. Thanks Joost, I indeed prefer evening sunlight, but alas it is my birthday today and I got my fourth macro ring (see tags). Yeah!
          Mind you: I shoot with the lens opening as small as my lens allows and with really long exposure times for a bit wider DOF. This picture with a quarter of a milimeter sharp doesn't do the trick for me. Thanks for your comment!
          Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
          1. Happy birthday Ludo! Here's to you, a homepage promotion. Posted 7 years ago
          2. Happy Birthday!
            Nice rings! I am wondering which magnification ratio you get. (If you don't know just take a picture of a 'meetlat' and look how much mm go in a picture. 25mm wide is 1:1.)

            I have read that when the aperture gets smaller then F11 the sharpness starts to decrease. I haven't tried this myself but it might be something to take into account that with aperture smaller is not always better.
            Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
  2. Grin, how that's a gift gladly accepted! Ps. I hope you still like the picture though:) Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
  3. @Joost: The best for my 50mm and 15-85 seems to be f8. In many tests 8 seems to be the magic number in sharpness, I wanted to capture a lot of depth without doing focus stacking (which I haven't done yet, ever). Thanks for the hint though, I did not find the picture too sharp indeed.
    I shot a ruler(great minds think alike:)) earlier this evening to try out my new ring and it showed 13 mm max on a picture, with all four rings attached to my 50mm.
    My 60D has a CCD width of 22.3mm.
    That calculates (at least I think so) to a magnification of 22.3/13=1.71
    Posted 7 years ago

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The European hornet ''Vespa crabro'', commonly known simply as the "hornet", is the largest European eusocial wasp. The queen measures 25 to 50 mm long; males and workers are smaller. In males, as in most members of the Aculeata, the antennae have 13 segments, while in females there are only 12; also as in other aculeates, the male abdomen has seven visible segments, while the female has six; females possess an ovipositor modified into a sting which is not barbed. See wasp and bee characteristics.. more

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Uploaded Aug 28, 2012. Captured Aug 28, 2012 20:40 in Brandstraat 13, 6003 Weert, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/23.0
  • 32s
  • ISO100
  • 50mm