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Midas Fly and Snail

As best as I can remember this is the first Midas Fly I've seen and its a big 'ole sucker. Shot at 1:1.3 and focus stacked from 261 frames. Background is a few snippings from a Firepower Nandina. Subject is mostly lit with a Savage dual arm macro light and the background is mostly lit with a CFL desk lamp. Light on subject is diffused with a canopy of tracing paper. Image is full-size and no crop.

#macro #macrophotography #focusstacking #closeup 
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An Unconventional Share

Sometimes when focus stacking large numbers of files I get fuzzy edges on overlapping bits of the subject that become difficult to correct later in post processing. In this case I was having trouble with edges where the antennae overlap the eyes. I've had some success with re-stacking a small number of files to get crisp edges around trouble areas and then blending the new stack with the first. You may have seen in recent posts I have discussed (complained) about the vignetting I suffer when using my 50mm lens reversed upon my 105mm micro lens, and clearly that was a problem here. One of the great things about this composition was that the antennae completely covered the frame, but I finally got so disgusted with the vignetting that I scrapped the entire project and started from scratch (which I later shared a different view of this same beetle). Last night I was cleaning out old files when I came across this image and it struck me as the beetle peering through a hole in which I though was kind of neat. I typically wouldn't share unintended / incomplete images but there is an abstract element here that I thought others might enjoy.


#macro #macrophotography
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Carpenter Bee and Cheddar Pinks

There are many things I love about my German Shepard but one of her best traits is that she keeps me stocked with flying insects for macro projects! She loves to lounge around in the back yard just watching things fly around but they best beware; anything that comes within striking distance stands a good chance of getting struck down. She was watching this carpenter bee hover around my Cheddar Pink dianthus but then the 'lil guy made the fatal mistake of checking her out too. SNAP. Done. That's daddy's gooood girl! I though it fitting to compose the bee upon the last flower it sniffed.

Nikon D810 ~ Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 at f/16 focused to 1:1 ~ ISO100 ~ Focus stacked from 185 frames exposed to 1/250-second ~ Lit with 3 speedlights at 1/64th power and light diffused with a canopy of tracing paper ~ background is a colorful image ripped from a magazine


#macro #macrophotography #nature #naturephotography
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The Green Beetle

Or just to look at it you would think it was just a green beetle. But for such a green beetle, this guy sure does display a lot of other colors! I have absolutely no idea where that purple color is coming from on the legs. The color was clearly visible to the eye while I was setting up my lighting and I could see the color with and without my polarizer. I'm completely confident nothing in my lighting was casting a cool color temp to create the purple and I've shot plenty of other shiny and reflective black bugs and have never seen anything like it. Whatever the cause I kind of like the flare of color.

Nikon D810 ~ Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro at f/18 and focused to 1:1 ~ ISO 100 ~ Circular polarizer on lens ~ Lit with a Savage dual-arm macro light diffused with a canopy of tracing paper ~ Focus-stacked from 124 frames captured at 0.1mm increments


#macro #macrophotography #insect 
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The Biggish Little Red Ant

Nikon D810 ~ Nikon 105mm Micro f/2.8 at f/3.2 ~ Reversed Nikon 50mm f/1.8 at approximately f/8 using circular polarizer ~ ISO100 ~ Focus stacked from 73 exposures captured at 1/10-second ~ Lit with a Savage dual-arm macro light and diffused with a canopy of tracing paper


#macro #macrophotography #insect #ant
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A serious contradiction of seasons ...

Poor little jessamine. :(


#jessamine #carolinajessamine #flowers #winter
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MawMaw's Mailbox
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A Panoramic Black Beetle

Panoramic stitch of 4 landscape-oriented panels with each panel focus-stacked from 77 frames. I was surprised at how well Lightroom Photomerge-to-Panorama handled this one!

The beetle measures 17mm in length from tip to tail and I'm measuring the same points in Photoshop at 787mm in length. What's that - ~46x reproduction?

Nikon D810 ~ Nikon 105mm Micro at f/4.5 ~ reversed Nikon 50mm at approximately f/8 ~ ISO 100 ~ 308 exposures at 3.0-seconds each. Illuminated with a Savage dual-arm macro light - diffused and polarized to the best of my ability.


#macro #macrophotography #panorama #panoramic #insects #nature #naturephotography
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Eastern Towhee

The eastern towhee, particularly the males, is another bird that I've had a hard time trying to photograph. But to my surprise on this day I was fortunate to have at least three females pay me a visit. The one male I caught a glimpse of this day refused to join the party and kept himself concealed in the trees!


#easterntowhee #towhee #birds #birdsphotography #birds4all #birdsinfocus #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography
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