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Scarlet Lilly Beetle Set

 
Dalantech
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Sep 20, 2015 02:09 |  #1

Normally I'd pass on this critter because digital sensors are very sensitive to red, and its shell seems to be painted with several layers of clear coat so it's very reflective -really easy to blow out the red channel when shooting them. But I was itching to do some shooting and thought that this Scarlet Lilly Beetle would make for a really good torture test for my new diffuser. I'm not going to give you detailed instructions on how to make it because the more you learn about light the better your photography will be. But I will say this: You need to use something, right against the MT-24EX's flash heads, to force the light to spread out as quickly as possible. I'm currently using a replacement wide angle diffusion panel for a 580EX that I cut up. But that's gonna change, as well as the other three materials I'm using after that one (always looking to make it better). I try to keep my total light loss to two stops when compared to the bare flash head. Keep in mind that just about anything can be used as a diffuser. Just make sure that what you use isn't adding an odd color cast to your light, and that it's actually diffusing the light and not just blocking it. If your flash is firing at, or close to, full power most of the time then you're doing something wrong...

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11 and 16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x, 3x, and 5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill). These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

Technique: I found this critter late in the day and it was pretty lethargic. I held the grass stem that it was on in front of an artificial flower and rested the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yuxe​sz] (external link)Scarlet Lilly Beetle Series 1-1 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yMWs​GW] (external link)Scarlet Lilly Beetle Series 1-2 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/650/21372142260_7fe4642d8e_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yyzP​io] (external link)Scarlet Lilly Beetle Series 1-3 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 20, 2015 02:40 |  #2

excellent set, lovely lighting.


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Sep 20, 2015 08:05 |  #3

Beauties John


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Sep 20, 2015 12:37 |  #4

Thanks Bas and Travis 8-)


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