If I have seen further than others, it is by treading on the toes of giants
I don't think you give bees the prominence they deserve. Indeed I'm not totally convinced that is a bee.
Chestnut Tiger (Parantica sita)
Damora sagana male with the Paratica sita.Speyeria aglaja, with a regular Peacock Nymphalis io
but it isn't a bee, is it?
I thought someone might say it is not a bee, but "yellow and black buzzy thing" probably wouldn't have fitted comfortably on the title line.Watch this space for more on yellow and black buzzy things!
Thanks for all the names! I'd thought the orange ones were both just fritillaries... but there are all these others similar ones in this part of the world: http://ataxus.com/ak5t/japan/nymph3/a_nymph3.htm I am not sure how you have identified the right ones!We also saw a Red Admiral-like butterfly, but didn't get a photo. I wonder if it was also something uniquely Asian.
"but it isn't a bee, is it?", no, likely a largish hoverfly (Syrphid)
There were certainly an awful lot of hoverflies around, but definitely a few bees too. We even brought back a pot of honey.
So were these take with your Nikon or the RX100? (my guess is Nikon...)
Ratty: As I indicated in the post, I didn't take my D90 with me. Spent the week practising with the RX100. Like all cameras it has some quirks, but it is very amazing per gram!
Wow.Anybody want a well loved Leica IIIf?I think I'm ready to change cameras.
Hank: The RX100 is smal change compared to anything Leica, so why sell? :-) I think that the trick with new cameras is to not compare the output between your own cameras (use the online tests others have done under controlled conditions for that) and give yourself some time (months!) to learn how to exploit the pros and cons. For close-ups with the RX100 you either have to be 5cm (or more) from the subject at 28mm (and make sure the aperture is stopped down a bit, otherwise the image is not sharp, even in the focal plane), or 55cm away and full zoom (about 100mm equivalent) and rely on cropping. If you do nail the focus, the cropping ability is, however, amazing. The lack of any kind of focus scale makes manual focussing mostly too slow when, due to the necessity of progress along the mountain trail, time is of the essense . By the end of the trip I'd switched to continuous focus for these types of shots. It is fast, but exhibits a weird pulsing, so takes some concentration and practice.
I'm buying the RX100!
Ratty,at this point I should probably say it's the photographer not the camera.....but actually, it was the camera :-) It's early days but it really does seem to be fabulous - really closes the gap to the DSLRs (though it does have its limits) in an incredibly small size.
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