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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:08 pm    Post subject: Tiger beetle head Reply with quote

Still testing a 4x Nikon CF N Plan Apochromat objective; on bellows.

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cincindela sexguttata).

221 frames @ 0.01 mm, ZS PMax; slight horizontal cropping.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, lovely shot, amazing colours. Ferocious mandibles on these beasties!

Bit of a sharp focus transition but at already over 200 images I understand why you didn't go for all in focus...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great image! Beautiful.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! I love the colors.

There seems to be a little false translucency around the mandible end and on a few hairs, but nothing that couldn't easily be fixed.

Mind if I ask how the lighting was set up?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simply Amazing!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!....and....Double WOW!!!

That is one of the best insect photographs I have seen in a long time....................what detail and colour:

Those mandibles look so efficient..............makes me pleased that insects, spiders and bugs have remained the sizes they are:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Thank you" everyone.

Laurie: at this angle there is a large gap between the prothorax and the front of the elytra (perhaps another 100 frames of empty space).
I could have cropped behind the prothorax but wanted to keep the antenna, notice how it changes from shiny blue to hairy black; also wanted to keep that muscular leg segment (femur) with those white spiky setae.

PanoGuy: I noticed the translucancies, but I was testing the lens; those features are a software 'glitch' (but I would not consider using anything other than ZS).
For this shot and for almost all my images I use a single flash and a foam cup as a diffuser.
See HERE for an earlier setup, but I am still using the foam diffuser and a single flash
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No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic beetle an most of all amazing photography/stacking NU!

You get some astonishing byproducts out of your lens testing Smile I suppose you're quite happy with the 4x PlanApo? By all means don't let that stop you from do some more testing Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John; yes I like this lens but I am also a fan of the NA 0.13 4x achromat.

Incidentally, currently a 4x Apo is listed on ebay. Originally as a B-I_N for $300.00 which was considerably less than the last 2 I saw listed on ebay

But now only as a bidding war and I suspect it will sell for more than $300.00.
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No man can be truly called an entomologist,
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Awesome shot. A little retouch in Zerene should take care of the transparent mouthparts.

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Erland R.N.



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just visited the site after months of absence, and this stunning picture hits my screen on the front-page. Nearly put me off posting my own "silly" images.

Truly a masterpiece.
And I love Tiger Beetles.

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