Going Buggy into Autumn

Today was the first day of Autumn, the thermometer was still hitting 27 degrees. Headed back to the Sunflower patch. Spotted another species of wasp, but it wouldn’t stay still long enough to photograph. Eventually colder mornings will slow many of these insects down. Once again I carried my aged Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill. This combination required me to be 2″ from the front of the lens to the subject.

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Paper wasp (Polistes dominula) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016 (both).

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Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

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These are very difficult as my macro lens only does 1:2 or half life size on the image plane. It’s also a f:4, so with the T6-2X Rear Converter mounted the effective maximum aperture is f:8. Lens was closed down to f:8-11 so works out to effectively f: 16-22, hand-held. Tripods are pretty much useless with small moving targets.

Went back today, Friday September 23, 2016. It was a more seasonal day weather wise. Lots of Bumblebees, honeybees, wasps, flies, ants and a few moths. I wasn’t able to get close enough to the small moths.

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Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

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Half black bumblebee (Bombus vagans) on sunflower, Friday September 23nd, 2016.

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Black Ant, on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

Went back on Sunday, a sunny but more seasonal 11 degree day.

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Paper wasp (Polistes dominula) on sunflower, Sunday September 25th, 2016

imgp0864 Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

imgp0883Common housefly (Musca domestic) on sunflower, Sunday September 25th, 2016

imgp0884Green Metallic Bee (Gapostemon virescens) on sunflower, Sunday September 25th, 2016

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Going buggy!

It was another nice above seasonal, 25 degree late summer day in the Nation’s Capital. I popped my old manual focus SMC-Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens onto my Pentax T6-2X to my aged Pentax ✩istD body.  All these photos required me to be 50mm from the lens front to the subject. Several skillsets are required, one is not to scare the insects away. And in the case of bees, wasps or hornets not to induce a defense reaction.

imgp0549Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower stem

imgp0550 Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on verigated sunflower

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imgp0563 Sharing, Honeybee & Bumblebee on sunflower
imgp0573Eastern Yellow Jacket (Vespula maculifrons) on sunflower leaf.

I went back today, another wonderful sunny day. The last day of summer, we were at 27 degrees today. I spotted my first Green Metallic Bee (gapostemon virescens). This small plot has 4 species of wasps, at least two types of Bumblebee, and as many other bees.

imgp0593Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th, 2016

imgp0602Green Metallic Bee (gapostemon virescens) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th, 2016

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Small Milkweed Bugs (Lygaeus kalmii) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

AUGUST 20, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Grand Finale

Saturday was the Grand Finale for Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy. I had a photo pass for the site, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau.
Panorama1Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 1/60th second f:11. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 4 frame panoramic stitch.
My chosen vantage point was about 400 metres from the launch raft in the Ottawa River. This put the Ottawa skyline as the background as seen in this 4 frame panorama. As I was very close, I mounted my SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens on to my Pentax ✩istD. In my gadget bag were my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4, and SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lenses and a sturdy Manfrotto 190QCB with #222 Joystick head.
The 50 year old Canadian firm Royal Pyrotechnie presented the Grand Finale show. This is a small selection of my favourites.
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Team Australia won both the Zeus Trophy, and the juried Best Show Award.
Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa,  Canada

AUGUST 17, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Australia

The weather sucked on Saturday August 13th, so I skipped Team Eastonia’s show. Last night I walked the extra mile, yes one more mile to the Québec side of the Macdonald-Cartier Interprovincial Bridge. My chosen vantage point was about 50 metres from the Ontario-Québec border. I decided this angle would have the historical Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge steel truss cantilever bridge, Parliament Hill and the Ottawa-Gatineau skyline as my background, bonus was the Ottawa River and the flotilla of small boats in the foreground.

I carried my trusty Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4, and SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lenses. My sturdy Manfrotto 190QCB with #222 Joystick head tossed over my shoulder as I walked the 500 metres to my chosen spot along the bridge. This placed me around 900 metres downstream of the launch barge.

IMGP0267Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0294Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0295 Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0301Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0303Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0306Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11. This effect is created by starting out with my 50mm lens focused to minimum distance (18″) and racked to infinity (∞) during the time exposure. This is a hit or miss method, but can yield interesting results.

IMGP0316Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

The 2016 Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy winds up on Saturday and I’ll be shooting from the media area at the Museum of History so my Ultra-Wide SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime will be my lens of choice.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3

Doors can be interesting.  While wondering about downtown these doors caught my attention.

Gold-doorThis former bank main branch, has gold (ok brass) doors. Gold Door, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime.

 

Oak-DoorThis turn of the century apartment block has oak, brass and glass. Oak Door, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens.

Red-doorAnd finally this red loading bay door on an industrial building. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime.

There is always something to see and photograph.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

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AUGUST 10, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Netherlands

AUGUST 10, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Netherlands (Holland). Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4.6 seconds f:16. I met up with a handful of local photographers. Most are with my 50mm prime, and a few with my 35mm prime. I like to set my White Balance to 3400K.
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I’ll be shooting again on Saturday for Team Estonia show.
Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada
© 2016 Darrell Larose, all rights reserved.

AUGUST 6, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team China

AUGUST 6, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team China. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4.6 seconds f:16. I met up with a handful of local photographers. Most are with my 50mm prime, and a few with my 35mm prime. I like to set my White Balance to 3400K.

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I’ll be shooting again on Wednesday for Team Netherlands show.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

© 2016 Darrell Larose, all rights reserved.

Stingers

Back to the Sunflower patch, breeze was lighter today, than yesterday. I was looking at stinging insects, the blooms were visited by Honeybees, Paper Wasps, mud Daupers and Bumblebees. First is a very abstract image.

IMGP0026The flight of the Bumblebee, abstract.  Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0020Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens, flash fill.

I added my 2X teleconverter and was able to get more magnification on the busy little bee.

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Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

I also photographed 3 different species of wasps, first was the Black and yellow mud dauber (Sceliphron caementarium).

IMGP9991Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0057Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Next up is the European paper wasp (Polistes dominula), an introduced species.

IMGP0005Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0013Business end, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Now the native Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus), not very thin yellow bands and black antennae.

IMGP0039Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Went back today, and found these guys. One bee one fly. IMGP0072Bumblebee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0063Common greenbottle, (Lucilia sericata), July 24, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

 

I should look into replacing my well worn 50mm f:4 macro lens (1:2) with a 100mm f:2.8 version, as it will increase my working distance and will give me 1:1 or 2:1 with my 2X mounted.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa

Busy as a Bee

I was checking out the Sunflowers, and saw the Bumblebees hard at work. I mounted my old SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens (1:2) lens.

IMGP9901 Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 18, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

IMGP9903Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

I repeated the shoot the very next day, but I added my Pentax T6-2X Teleconverter to the kit giving me an equivalent to a 100mm f:8 (1:1) lens. I used some fill-flash .

IMGP9936 July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9918July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9938July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

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July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

One needs patience and luck because at macro ranges the slightest breeze moves the flowers and the bee wanders around. I really should update my Macro lens, as it’s an f:4 and is only a 1:2 macro. A 90 or 100mm f:2.8 would be more useful for this work.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Sunny Sunday

Today was a lovely sunny Sunday, locally the Sunflowers and Day Lilies are in bloom.

IMGP9863 Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.
IMGP9865Sunflower peek-a-boo, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

IMGP9877 Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

IMGP9886Day Lily, Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.
IMGP9887Fly, Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada