Joined: 11 Nov 2010
|Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:11 pm Post subject: Macro "Safari"
|All shots from a recent macro "safari." Natural light. This is a departure for me since I have been working with flash exclusively and stopping down to f/22 or 32 for hand-held stacking. (I shoot unsupported with a lean-into and spray technique.) Hence, I assumed there would be an advantage of natural light in that the camera, Nikon D3S, will operate at a faster frame rate without flash. Not sure that helped much!
To add extra magnification, in minimalist fashion, I used the Nikon 5T or 6T (close-up lenses) added to the front of the Nikkor 200mm f/4D micro. The 5T yields a field of 25mm or about 1.4x and the 6T field is 20mm or about 1.75x life size. All images are more or less cropped.
#1 Fly (Lauxaniidae Meiosimyza), size 3-4mm, devouring prey - focus stack 5 slices, 1/200s @ f/22, iso 6400.
#2, Fly, (likely Muscoid), size 10mm, single image, 1/60s @ f/22, iso 6400, (got lucky at that shutter speed, considering unsupported technique!)
#3 Fly (muscoid) 7-8 mm., focus stack 10 slices, 1/250s @ f/22, iso 6400.
#4, Bee, diving in, single exposure, 1/400 @ f/22, iso iso 5600.
#5, Western Tiger Swallow Tail, (Papilio rutulus,) focus stack 5 slices, 1/400s @ f/11, iso 1250, (notice the damage to the wing.)
#6, Fly (likely another Muscoid,) size about 1 cm., focus stack 9 slices, 1/250s @ f/16, iso 6400
#7, Fly (another Muscoidea,) focus stack 6 slices, 1/160 @ f/22, iso 6400.
#8, Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum,) size 3 cm., focus stack 7 slices, 1/320s @ f/16, iso 6400.
#9, yet another fly!, single image, 1/400s @ f/16, iso 6400
#10, Blow Fly (Calliphoridae,) single image, 1/250 @ f/22, iso 6400
#11, Long-legged Fly (Chrysopilus,) size 5 mm, focus stack 4 slices, 1/400, f/22, iso 5000
Chilliwack, BC, Canada