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by AlxndrBrg
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Moldy bees?
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: Moldy bees?

It's matted hair mixed with soil, perhaps because of the rains - the bees stay in their burrows during bad weather, and these are ground nesting Andrena sp. The mite is probably not parasitic, many bees have symbiotic relationships with Acari, just look up "acarinarium" and you'll see. Andrena does ...
by AlxndrBrg
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: symmorphus bifasciatus
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: ichneumon wasp

it's an Eumeninae wasp, almost all Ichneumonidae have more than 16 antennal segments
by AlxndrBrg
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Cubic pyrite crystals
Replies: 1
Views: 1110

Really nice, I like the lighting a lot, soft but not uninteresting, well done!
by AlxndrBrg
Wed May 13, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Problems with rendering details
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

I would have no clue about the 3D structure, just from looking at one of the full-stack images. Hmm, but would you have an idea of the general shape of the structures from just the lateral picture? In other words, would you have understood the shapes in the very first image as being how they are sh...
by AlxndrBrg
Wed May 13, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Problems with rendering details
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

Thanks for everyone's input! It gave me the idea that I can maybe try and shoot the same image with different lighting and exposure, without moving the subject, and then make a composite in PS to visually "distance" the different parts. Will be labour intensive though. Looking at some areas of your ...
by AlxndrBrg
Tue May 12, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Problems with rendering details
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

and here's a dorsal view, showing how well separated the two structures really are, which does not at all come across in the lateral view:
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by AlxndrBrg
Tue May 12, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Problems with rendering details
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

Problems with rendering details

I have some annoying troubles to get details and shapes to render as "readable" in pictures of bee genitalia (it's for work, don't think I sit around photographing bee genitals for fun, no no, I only do that with cuckoo wasps :oops: ). I've tried different lighting, and experimented with different s...
by AlxndrBrg
Tue May 12, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Mining Bee
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Nice shots, it is however not a mining bee (in the strict sense, that is the english name for the genus Andrena) although it has evidently mined itself a nest - it is a halictid bee, probably Lasioglossum, or perhaps one of the smaller Halictus species

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by AlxndrBrg
Tue May 12, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Bumblebee (?) portrait and others; now with actual images!
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

Nice, the bee is not a bumble one, but likely a species of Andrena
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by AlxndrBrg
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Bee identification, please, anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

it's a bumble bee, Bombus sp., I would say Bombus hypnorum, was the abdomen tipped with white hairs?
by AlxndrBrg
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Chrysididae from Armenia 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Rich color and detail! Loved #2 Thanks! These are beautiful. If I could make some constructive criticism, though, the eyes are out of focus in nearly every one. It looks like you just barely missed getting them in focus. The eye shaprness is psychologically important; the unsharp eye gives an impre...
by AlxndrBrg
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Chrysididae from Armenia 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Thank you both!
dolmadis wrote: What kit settings etc., did you use?
Canon 6D with a MP-E 65 at around f:10, and a Meike Mk300 flash with a "John Hallmén"-pattern ice cream box diffuser
Edit: actually, I mostly used this kind of diffuser: http://makrofokus.se/blogg/2015/1/24/lampdiffusorn.html
by AlxndrBrg
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Chrysididae from Armenia 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Chrysididae from Armenia 2019

Had a great trip to Armenia this summer, lots of chrysidid wasps and other insects. Gave me the opportunity to photograph live specimens of some species (and species groups/genera) which I dont think has ever been imaged live before. Haven't been shooting live specimens for a long time, so the unusa...
by AlxndrBrg
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Ergonomics of photomacrography
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Re: Ergonomics of photomacrography

I can't speak for your specific case, but until recently I spent quite some time behind a dissection microscope myself. In this time I mostly used one of these saddle stools and found this preferable to a normal chair (which I was forced to use at times). Can highly recommend trying this change! Th...
by AlxndrBrg
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Ergonomics of photomacrography
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Ergonomics of photomacrography

I have recently started have problems with my back, neck and shoulders from spending too much time at my work station, so much that a change is clearly needed. Was thinking that the forum users here must have accrued a lot of wisdom over the years when it comes to the ergonomics of photomacrography....