Oh look, it's not another photo of a bee... Oh, wait... This crab Spider has been hunting in my Lavender and Mint for a while, and has even taken on some of the coloration of the Mint flowers that it caught a Honeybee in.
Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (+1/3 FEC) with head "A" set as the key and head "B" as the fill. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. Was shooting free hand, and I find the EF-S 60mm easier to control because it's lighter than the MP-E 65nn. Also I wanted both spider and bee filling in the frame, so I had to shoot with a lens that could go below life size (this shot is roughly half life size). This is also the last shot I'll take with the prototype diffuser I was using. I finished the final version this morning and, with minor changes, it will be the light that I take into and use next year (provided Canon doesn't refresh the MT-24EX). I'm not gonna post a "how to" on how to build it, cause no one in their right mind would. I spent about 80 USD in parts alone and shipping from the Lego store can take months. Yes, I used Legos to do my prototyping and to build the final version. But to me it was worth the time and effort -look at the specular highlights in this shot and keep in mind I'm at roughly half life size (edit: The tubes threw me off -the mag is about .6 and the working distance was short). Light loss when compared to the bare flash: About 2 stops.