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Apr 21, 2009 03:13 |  #3331

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i dont see any, lol. i thought i got em all.

Well i edited 2 of the images and put a circle round the marks../if you cant see them your monitor cant be calibrated right.You might think im being picky but imo it needs cleaning up:)

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Apr 21, 2009 03:18 |  #3332

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Scott - I haven't been in this thread for some time ... but that's one of the most striking and bad-ass image examples I've seen in here. Way to go !!! (And a heck of a scary mantis if you have to grab 'em)

Well its ok.the mantis is about as big as your finger nail..im using a lumiquest soft box diffuser with 430ex mounted on the camara..im getting very little shadows..the probelm im having is when i start shooting bigger subject ie as big as your hand.,the mantis is bigger than my diffuser which im gueesing is the reason why im getting mo shadows and grey patches that i want?Have you got any idea how i can stop this happening?mayby another flash?i cant really use halogen lights as they get to hot.

i want my bigger images to be as pure white as the image above but like i said when im shooting bigger subjects im having problems..image below to see what i mean

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Apr 21, 2009 03:34 |  #3333

mj:

You might try adding a piece (or several) of the white board in a position to reflect more light under the leetle bugger and that should get rid of the shadows the way you are describing. The idea is to get more light underneath.

In other words bounce the light around more with the idea of reducing the shadow under the mantis.

another option would be to move the flash closer and maybe that would reduce the shadows but given you might be using your MPE or even the 60, you are probably already pretty darn close so that is likely not an option for ya in this case.


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Apr 21, 2009 06:32 |  #3334

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mj:

You might try adding a piece (or several) of the white board in a position to reflect more light under the leetle bugger and that should get rid of the shadows the way you are describing. The idea is to get more light underneath.

In other words bounce the light around more with the idea of reducing the shadow under the mantis.

another option would be to move the flash closer and maybe that would reduce the shadows but given you might be using your MPE or even the 60, you are probably already pretty darn close so that is likely not an option for ya in this case.

i like the shadows under the mantis..its the background.its not as pure white as i would like.


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Apr 21, 2009 08:13 |  #3335

Or ... you can just go into photoshop duplicate the layer and sharpen, find edges and repeat until you see all of them. Than turn down the opacity and clean up the original layer.

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Apr 21, 2009 10:59 as a reply to  @ aram535's post |  #3336

Here is a first try from me..


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Apr 21, 2009 18:52 |  #3337

macro junkie wrote in post #7772760 (external link)
Well its ok.the mantis is about as big as your finger nail..im using a lumiquest soft box diffuser with 430ex mounted on the camara..im getting very little shadows..the probelm im having is when i start shooting bigger subject ie as big as your hand.,the mantis is bigger than my diffuser which im gueesing is the reason why im getting mo shadows and grey patches that i want?Have you got any idea how i can stop this happening?mayby another flash?i cant really use halogen lights as they get to hot.

i want my bigger images to be as pure white as the image above but like i said when im shooting bigger subjects im having problems..image below to see what i mean

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That is so cool looking. Do you have to keep all your bugs separated so they don't eat each other?

For the white, could you put the buggers on top of a lit softbox? It might eliminate the shadow you like, but you'd get more even lighting.

I can't imagine how you manage to shoot these without poking a pin through them to make them hold still........


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Apr 21, 2009 19:01 |  #3338

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That is so cool looking. Do you have to keep all your bugs separated so they don't eat each other?

For the white, could you put the buggers on top of a lit softbox? It might eliminate the shadow you like, but you'd get more even lighting.

I can't imagine how you manage to shoot these without poking a pin through them to make them hold still........

whats one of them?lite box?

yer they all live separately..but the species above with its wings out live in groups with out eating each other:)


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Apr 21, 2009 19:02 |  #3339

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works well.i like it.


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Apr 21, 2009 19:53 |  #3340

macro junkie wrote in post #7777472 (external link)
whats one of them?lite box?

yer they all live separately..but the species above with its wings out live in groups with out eating each other:)

Yeah, like that. Sorry, Princess n00b here. Used the wrong term.:D


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Apr 28, 2009 16:20 |  #3341

just tried reflection shots today with glass underneath........i was hoping that the reflection can show more....so still have to experiment with that more. Perhaps i just needed an item with more coloring?

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Apr 29, 2009 01:29 |  #3342

i just made my light box should i cut the top out too ?


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Apr 29, 2009 08:48 |  #3343

Yes, if you have a light to put there.


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Apr 29, 2009 10:49 |  #3344

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Apr 29, 2009 10:51 |  #3345

MeNiS wrote in post #7820849 (external link)
just tried reflection shots today with glass underneath........i was hoping that the reflection can show more....so still have to experiment with that more. Perhaps i just needed an item with more coloring?

Try black background and a piece of black tile from Home Depot.

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