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Feb 15, 2018 00:48 |  #1

Crocus flower and then a hoverfly visitor.
Slight cheat with the shots, the crocus flowers are too shaded to open even when we get some rare sun, so I picked a closed flower and carefully lodged it in a camellia bush which gets full sun. The flower opened fairly quickly and soon attracted a hoverfly to feed on it.

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Feb 15, 2018 15:05 |  #2

Nice series. I won't turn you in for "cheating".


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Feb 16, 2018 00:19 |  #3

ed57gmc wrote in post #18564589 (external link)
Nice series. I won't turn you in for "cheating".

Thanks :)
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Feb 18, 2018 12:53 |  #4

Wonderful captures.


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Feb 19, 2018 00:20 |  #5

Lester Wareham wrote in post #18566798 (external link)
Wonderful captures.

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Feb 20, 2018 04:07 |  #6

Nice series. Super




  
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Feb 21, 2018 08:55 |  #7

Brian,
There you go again - enticing me with your fancy lens. ;-)a I like the first one the best. It's starting to get warmer around here and I'm chomping at the bit to get out there and see what's going on.


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Feb 22, 2018 00:28 |  #8

Oleg2010 wrote in post #18568041 (external link)
Nice series. Super


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Brian,
There you go again - enticing me with your fancy lens. ;-)a I like the first one the best. It's starting to get warmer around here and I'm chomping at the bit to get out there and see what's going on.

Thanks Oleg and Steven :)
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Apr 15, 2018 17:41 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #9

I'm marveling at these photos, and I have a few questions if you care to answer:

1. These are stacked, right?
2. If so, what software are you using?
3. Are these in the field? If so, how do you do your steps for stacking? By hand? What tools?
4. And lighting? What are you using to diffuse the flash... and is it just 1 light source?

Thanks so much for sharing these photos... it's so good to know that photos like this are possible.
Do you run workshops?


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Apr 16, 2018 00:26 |  #10

philodelphi wrote in post #18607502 (external link)
I'm marveling at these photos, and I have a few questions if you care to answer:

1. These are stacked, right?
2. If so, what software are you using?
3. Are these in the field? If so, how do you do your steps for stacking? By hand? What tools?
4. And lighting? What are you using to diffuse the flash... and is it just 1 light source?

Thanks so much for sharing these photos... it's so good to know that photos like this are possible.
Do you run workshops?


Thanks,
Yes most are stacked using zerene stacker.
They are taken in the field by hand. I just judge the increments in the viewfinder and move the whole camera to focus.
I'm hold the flower the hoverfly is on in my left hand and resting the camera lens on that hand. This makes focusing and doing small increments much easier.
Single flash using a DIY coke can diffuser with 2 layers of diffusion silk over the end.

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Apr 16, 2018 07:40 |  #11

LordV wrote in post #18607655 (external link)
Single flash using a DIY coke can diffuser with 2 layers of diffusion silk over the end.

Brian V.

This is the link to the DIY coke can diffuser that Lord V created.
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I think the workshops idea is a great one, all the first half would be modifying the setup.




  
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Apr 18, 2018 08:56 |  #12

LordV wrote in post #18607655 (external link)
Thanks,
Yes most are stacked using zerene stacker.
They are taken in the field by hand. I just judge the increments in the viewfinder and move the whole camera to focus.
I'm hold the flower the hoverfly is on in my left hand and resting the camera lens on that hand. This makes focusing and doing small increments much easier.
Single flash using a DIY coke can diffuser with 2 layers of diffusion silk over the end.

Brian V.

Brain,
I checked the link that was provided, just for clarification purposes, has the paper towel been replaced with diffusion silk? Or is that the same thing?? Thanks for sharing your setup information.


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Apr 18, 2018 09:02 |  #13

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Brain,
I checked the link that was provided, just for clarification purposes, has the paper towel been replaced with diffusion silk? Or is that the same thing?? Thanks for sharing your setup information.

Steven, been through a few iterations of diffusion material.
First was plain paper kitchen towel. 2nd was 2 layers of diffusion gel sheet. Current one is 2 layers of diffusion silk separated by a gap of about 10mm. (idea from Dalantech) eg (https://www.amazon.co.​uk …=1-4&keywords=neewer+silk (external link)).

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