Macro Insects

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Paul Furman, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. Paul Furman

    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, Jul 1, 2006
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    hoarcroft Guest

    I don't know how others may react to these photographs, but they are the
    best-lighted and sharpest macros of insects I've ever seen. I went to
    the site, but was defeated by my poor Russian. I could make
    out a few words, but not enough to scan the contents. Above all, I would
    love to know how the photos were made --
    the setup and the equipment used. Beautiful work!

    hoarcroft, Jul 1, 2006
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Truly awesome stuff. Has to be studio lighting. I like some of the
    bugs that I don't even recognize.
    Annika1980, Jul 1, 2006
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Annika1980, Jul 1, 2006
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    You might also enjoy this guy's work:

    I've never met him personally but he used to be quite active on the
    Pentax mailing list. Does awesome snowflake macros, too.
    Mark Roberts, Jul 2, 2006
  6. These are spectacular! I'll bet these aren't handheld. He's definitely
    using at least two flashes and a few extension tubes or bellows. I would
    love to get the full details of the setup used. I wish my macros looked
    that great!!!

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 2, 2006
  7. They ARE spectacular. I agree that they aren't handheld shots. I
    thought maybe studio lighting and extension tubes were used. I'm just
    starting to take macro shots myself. These pics are definitely
    helensilverburg, Jul 2, 2006
  8. Those appear to have used a ring light, and the lense used is
    probably a fairly short macro lense, perhaps about 50-60mm.

    Given the magnification, and the very obviously careful framing,
    it is hard to say if a bellows or extension tubes are being
    used, or if they are just carefully cropped.

    Unfortunately the EXIF data is very minimal.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Jul 2, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Great photos. Lighting is the key.

    From I'd guess a two key light
    setup. In other shots, the BG is well lit as well. Not done on a
    leisurely walk through the forest... most likely in the studio with props.

    Alan Browne, Jul 2, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Agreed this must be top technical lighting & tripod stuff. Even reduced
    for web it's way beyond anything I have come close to.
    Paul Furman, Jul 2, 2006
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    kombi45 Guest

    I think it's Bulgarian, and it's a web-design company.
    kombi45, Jul 3, 2006
  12. I agree. Simply outstanding. Looks to me like he/she might have been
    using a bellows set up, the magnification is above what a simple macro
    lens would get. The lighting and sharpness are both excellent. DoF is
    very high, I wonder if he used an image stacking program (though how he
    would keep the things still I don't know).

    David Littlewood, Jul 3, 2006
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    hoarcroft Guest

    In <>, on 07/03/06
    at 10:12 AM, David Littlewood <> said:

    I took the plunge and left a message at the site asking for details.
    Perhaps I'll receive a response.

    hoarcroft, Jul 3, 2006
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    Annika1980 Guest

    That pic looks like the work of the Canon Macro MT-24EX twin light.
    Look at the reflections.

    Many of the other pics use diffused lighting. The absence of shadows
    makes it look like a giant diffuser was used.
    Since you are a lighting guru, I'll ask you .... What is the best way
    to create a very diffused light look? Would umbrellas work or would
    you need something more creative like big bounce panels or the old
    flash in the milk jug trick?
    Annika1980, Jul 3, 2006
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    Alan Brwone Guest

    The flash in the milkjug will work very well for small subjects as the
    milkjug is comparatively huge. Shoot through umbrellas are nice. Avoid
    square or rectangular surfaces (for the difuser) as that's the
    reflection you'll get from the surface of the eyes/shell/skin/leaves.
    Best is two or more softened lights. Put the jugged lights left and
    right of the lens axis (or above and below). For a little contrast, set
    one light at 1.5 to 2 stops below the other light.

    Another light on the BG to avoid that "black background macro" look or
    have the soft light sources larger, more powerful and farther back.

    A light tent is another way to go and can be built from pvc pipes and
    ripstop. But if you put it over an aquarium, you're likely to pick up
    reflections of the tent in the glass. With a light tent two or three
    flashes will evenly light the subject. But: All reflective surfaces
    that make a specular angle to the lens will appear pure white and this
    might not be desirable.
    Alan Brwone, Jul 3, 2006
  16. You Russian is probably perfectly OK. It's just that the site is in
    Bulgarian :)
    Andrey Tarasevich, Jul 6, 2006
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    hoarcroft Guest

    In <>, on 07/06/06
    at 11:48 AM, Andrey Tarasevich <> said:


    hoarcroft, Jul 6, 2006
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