Somehow two weeks in a row I've gotten interesting shots of yellow jackets =)
I'm pretty sure my next lense is gonna be the 100 Macro, but until then I'm having fun with the Tamron 28-75s limited macro capabilities.
Full set at:
Essentially, during the wedding I was at today, an enterprising yellow jacket attacked a piece of my leftover chicken. It made over a DOZEN sorties onto this meat, used its mandibles to SLICE off a piece, picked them up like a helicopter, and flew off, presumably to the nest. My brother in law killed a dozen yellow jackets but I wouldnt let him kill this one, it was SMART! =)
As a colorblind amateur photographer, one of the things I'm struggling with is getting consistant color casts. You'll notice these all are in the same 3 foot area yet my colors are widely varying despite individually looking 'right' when editing em down in RSP.
I've seen Yellow Jackets fly into beer, soda, water, just about every liquid there is at picnics and swim around in em for hours, pissed off but alive. This guy flew into a cup of melted butter for steamers. He died within 15 seconds. I've seen insecticides take longer to kill. Guess this means all of our sprays should be converted to butter for maximum effectiveness!
Or so the Colonel told me as I was feverishly taking snaps as people filed out for their lunch break. Apparently lots of bugs wander in the front door.... =)
Testing how differently the color corrected version looks on my machine back at work, there is a vast difference on my calibrated monitor (god bless the $69 Huey!)
Original from Uncalibrated Monitor, wrongly sized to boot.
From Calibrated monitor, 6x4
I finally broke out the 20D and took some shots of K-dizzle =)
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