Playing with a lesser stag beetle

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Playing with a lesser stag beetle

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A couple of months ago I took a promise to Craig Gerard on posting a new topic about my work below. These studio focus stacks were made at the end of last winter, when I was extremely hungry of field work. My Mitutoyo was new, so decided to take a set of stacks about several particulars of the body. Lesser stag beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) is a common species in Hungary, also it can be seen in many natural publications, therefore I wanted to show it from unusual point of views. Note: all pics are clickable, except the animated 3D.

The fore part of the body, ventral view:

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5D+MP-E65@2,5x; f/2.8 1/125s ISO50; diffused flashlight. 42 exposures in Zerene PMax.

Head, ventral view:

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5D+MP-E65@3,8x; f/2.8 1/125s ISO50; diffused flashlight. 37 exposures in Zerene PMax.

Mouthpart with palps, ventral view:

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5D+Mitutoyo BD Plan APO 10@9,5x; 1/125s ISO50; diffused flashlight. 101 exposures in Zerene PMax.

Right eye, dorsal view:

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5D+Mitutoyo BD Plan APO 10@10x; 1/125s ISO50; diffused flashlight. 101 exposures in Zerene PMax.

Right mandible, dorsal view:

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5D+Mitutoyo BD Plan APO 10@12x; 1/125s ISO50; diffused flashlight. 134 exposures in Zerene PMax.

Cross your eyes :smt101 :

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Animated 3D from the pair of the stereo:

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Post by Tom Jones »

Nikola,

:D :D :D Absolutely stunning!!

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Ditto -- especially the large stereo. Super work!

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Post by Yousef Alhabshi »

Super Super results :D

Excellent work eurythyrea

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Post by Harold Gough »

Wow!

For many years there was a rotten tree stump in my garden, in which this species would congregate, each summer, and burrow to breed. Sadly, the stump became too fragile to remain in place and I now miss those summer visits.

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Post by Cactusdave »

Exquisite work. You are creating a new benchmark.
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Post by Patrik92 »

Nikola,
absolutely gorgeous pictures! :wink:

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Post by canonian »

Amazing, such clarity and detail, wonderful, Nikola !

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Post by eurythyrea »

Thank you guys!
Rik, the stereo would be better using DMap, but then I only used PMax, which isn't such good at this low magnification. Since then I tried the other method and absolutely enjoy it. Perhaps I will do it with the source files in DMap.
Patrik, welcome aboard! Hope to see work from you some time :wink:

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Post by ChrisR »

Exceptional work Nikola, in the cleaning/lighting, all though.
Which tube lens did you use for these? I see you've tried several but haven't kept track of your changes!

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Post by yeatzee »

could you go more into detail the lighting setup Nikola? :)

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ChrisR wrote:Exceptional work Nikola, in the cleaning/lighting, all though.
Which tube lens did you use for these? I see you've tried several but haven't kept track of your changes!
Thank you Chris. I used the SurplusShed 172mm tube lens (also known as morfanon) with the Mitutoyo. Here you can find the setup used:

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yeatzee wrote:could you go more into detail the lighting setup Nikola? Smile
See the picture above!

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Post by ChrisR »

I used the SurplusShed 172mm tube lens
Outrageous! That's far too cheap!

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Post by Craig Gerard »

Nikola,

Thank you for uploading the images and discussing your setup. :)

ISO 50.....nice 8)

Do you calculate the increments by a predetermined method or by visual observation?

The clarity of these images are astounding and the lighting exquisite!


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