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by lauriek
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Killing bugs and Cleaning bugs
Replies: 14
Views: 7595

Killing bugs and Cleaning bugs

A couple of questions... What do my fellow stackers use to kill bugs? I've been using my freezer, stick the bug in there for an hour or so has usually done the job, except I just caught a wasp in the house the other day, did this, left it in there /overnight/, started shooting a stack and the little...
by lauriek
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:28 am
Forum: Macro and Close-up Archives
Topic: Three from the archives
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

The third is a sort of tiger beetle - they are ferocious predators, quite difficult to get close to as (unusually for larger beetles in my experience) they take off and fly away when you get near them...
by lauriek
Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Anyone shoot RAW?
Replies: 13
Views: 4888

I always shoot RAW, stacks or not. The only issue I have is that huge 500gb hard disk I added to my setup last year is going to be full in a couple of months, so I need more HD space. My computer is not very up to date (AMD Athlon barton core 2600, 1.5gb ram) but I don't have any speed issues dealin...
by lauriek
Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Community Members and Friends
Topic: Fungi
Replies: 4
Views: 2744

Fungi keep me occupied when the bugs dissapear!

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by lauriek
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:06 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: My rig. Tips on lining up subject movement?
Replies: 6
Views: 4039

Thanks so much! That does indeed sound like a plan! Guess I'll find out if you've forgotten anything when I come to bolt it all together!! ;) I'd spotted the tripod was a problem but I hadn't worked out what else to use, I have a little Hama table clamp but it's not sturdy enough to hold this rig......
by lauriek
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: My rig. Tips on lining up subject movement?
Replies: 6
Views: 4039

My rig. Tips on lining up subject movement?

After a picture post turned into a bit of a Q&A session, Rik sensibly suggested I post this over here, so here goes! My current macro setup which is far from ideal, consists two components, the camera 'unit' and the subject 'unit'. First the camera unit. This consists (from the bottom up) of a tripo...
by lauriek
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: Macro and Close-up Archives
Topic: First picture post - Solitary wasp stack
Replies: 12
Views: 2336

Thanks again to all for the kind words and tips! Paul, I already have the subject rigged up in an XYZ stand (an old but functional Prior micromanipulator), but I find it difficult to line up the camera/subject axis so that I can move the subject directly towards the camera for the slice moving. This...
by lauriek
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Macro and Close-up Archives
Topic: First picture post - Solitary wasp stack
Replies: 12
Views: 2336

Thanks for the kind words guys! I look forward to having more worthwhile shots to post... :) Rik, I do have about 4 stacks including this one that I'm quite happy with, but that's from about 100 attempts!! (since last autumn when I finally got a bellows), it's the frequency that some of you guys pos...
by lauriek
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: Macro and Close-up Archives
Topic: First picture post - Solitary wasp stack
Replies: 12
Views: 2336

First picture post - Solitary wasp stack

This is some sort of solitary "digger" wasp (possibly ectemnius?) I found making holes in my garden (there were quite a few of them so I didn't feel too bad sacrificing one for my stacking practice!) http://www.lauriek.demon.co.uk/misc/pm2/New-Out99993_99992.jpg I originally shot around 20 shots in ...
by lauriek
Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Effect of polarizing filters on the cricket mandibles photo
Replies: 11
Views: 11938

For one tantalizing moment, my 55-year old finger looked pink and smooth as a baby's bottom...which should tell you something about how well that setup hid the actual surface texture. :lol: --Rik Been lurking here for a while now, too scared to post any images!! It's good to know I've got a few yea...