Ladybird Love Juice

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    Busy day gardening today. After we'd given everywhere a good watering, I got to do some macro photography again. This is Coccinella Septempunctata, a British native seven spot ladybird.

    Camera: Fujifilm X10
    Lens: Fujinon Aspherical 7.1-28.4mm ƒ/2-2.8 @ 7.1mm
    Exif: ƒ/2.8 | ISO 100 @ 1/70th sec

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    Susie Hewitt, i_still_believe_in_u, and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Susie Hewitt 37 months ago | reply

      Wonderful clarity and beautiful colours.

    2. Nuzulu 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you. I've been amazed by what the X10 is capable of. I'm using my SLR less and less.

    3. robertb3 37 months ago | reply

      Creative image - nicely presented.

    4. gryphon1911 [A.Live] 37 months ago | reply

      Beautifully executed! Thanks for sharing!

    5. Nuzulu 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you. Really like your macro pics and animals, great stuff.

    6. NigelLee 37 months ago | reply

      The complimentary colours work well, and it's a very nicely composed shot - thanks for demonstrating what the X10's capable of :-)

    7. Ali_Mirza 37 months ago | reply

      mind sharing the exif?
      how can you shot this? I often get miss focus when doing macro shot..
      tq :)

    8. Nuzulu 37 months ago | reply

      See shot information above in the description. If you're not using a tripod with macro shots, then you'll need a pretty fast shutter speed. I tend to use the high speed multiple shot option on the X10 with single focus lock (many will advise using continuous focus) but I fire off the shots the moment I get a locked focus point. A small aperture helps if it doesn't drop the speed too much, as then you've a better chance of getting more of the insect in focus. On a smaller sensor like the X10 though, you've got a bit more DOF at apertures like f2.8 than you would on an SLR.
      I also use Aperture Priority mode when shooting macro, as there's often not enough time to compensate for the changing exposure if the insect is on the move - not so much of a problem with a lazy ladybird though :) Be prepared to accept lots of failures whilst you're trying to nail the focus.

    9. Nuzulu 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you. It is an impressive piece of equipment once you learn to work within it's limitations.

    10. TyMotion 37 months ago | reply

      Awesome, love the color tones on this one...

    11. Nuzulu 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks TyMotion :) Think it's my favourite macro shot to date.

    12. Flavio Tortoriello 36 months ago | reply

      great shot, congrats! Wonderful

    13. Nuzulu 36 months ago | reply

      Thank you Flavio.

    14. FrankdeRidder 33 months ago | reply

      Wow... fantastic...

    15. M Fotografie 31 months ago | reply

      This image alone would want me to buy the x10?
      Do you still own it and how is the exp so far with it?

    16. Nuzulu 31 months ago | reply

      Thanks M, yes I still own it and get a lot of pleasure from it - it's particularly good for macro I'm finding. Mine is currently at the Fuji repair shop making the most of their free sensor replacement service as I noticed it suffers from the "white orb" issue when taking shots with bright points of light, so if you do look at buying one just make sure it is a recent serial number with the better sensor.
      All in all it's a great walkabout camera for when I don't want to lug around my SLR, and is also great with strobes as it can sync up to 1/1000th of a sec.
      In an ideal world, it would just have a little bit more reach (180mm say) and go a little wider (24mm), and if they were to make this body with a 4/3rds equivalent sensor that would be the perfect package.

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