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by Dalantech
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 4704

Re: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash

I've been playing around with configurations based on your recent blog post, seems moving the diffusion layers away from the flash bulb makes the biggest difference to the actual diffusion Yup. gotta separate them with an air gap. This is my current worse case lighting cause the mag is just 1x: htt...
by Dalantech
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Violet Darter
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Violet Darter

leonardturner wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:12 am
An outstanding sequence; your handholding abilities are remarkable, I envy them!

Leonard
Thanks!
by Dalantech
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Violet Darter
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Violet Darter

Very well done. The eye facets of insects are different in different parts of the eyes. They are probably used for different things (maybe for detail versus sensitivity to movement, or for seeing different light colors). I have not looked into it. There are security tethers for cameras that would m...
by Dalantech
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Violet Darter
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Violet Darter

Thagomizer wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:24 pm
Neat shots. The closest one shows variation in eye element size I wasn't aware of in these. Very interesting.
Thanks!
by Dalantech
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Violet Darter
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Violet Darter

Pau wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:27 pm
Nice devil looking dragonfly, very adequate for the Averno
Thanks!

I never made that connection, but you're right! :)
by Dalantech
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 4704

Re: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash

aveslux wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:09 am
If your diffusers are bigger now are you still using the Gary Fong puffer plus as the final layer?
They're wider, but still the same length. For the compact set I reduced the width (height).
by Dalantech
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Violet Darter
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Violet Darter

I stopped at Lago d'Averno and photographed this Violet Darter in the heat of the day. I know the habits and quirks of this species, so it's not too difficult to get right on top of them even when they are actively hunting. At life size my flash is at the maximum distance that it will get from the s...
by Dalantech
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 4704

Re: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash

Concave type seems to be the most reliable, but this can often lead to the diffuser scaring some subjects if you don't approach them carefully. I experimented with some concave designs a few years ago and really didn't see a noticeable difference in performance over a convex diffuser like I'm using...
by Dalantech
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hoverfly
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Hoverfly

hayath wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:09 pm
Nice rich color and detail!
Light looks great
Thanks!
by Dalantech
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash
Replies: 33
Views: 4704

Re: Diffusing a Macro Twin Flash

After a few test diffuser sets I built a new set that's about 50% bigger than the original one that I built. The specular reflections in the water drops are barely noticeable due to how well my new diffuser design is working (I didn't do anything to tone down those highlights in post). If you zoom i...
by Dalantech
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hoverfly
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Hoverfly

Ken Ramos wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:05 pm
Nice clean images. These things can be fun to photograph. :)
Thanks! She was skittish, and would fly off only to land a few feet away and just watch me for a minute of so. Then she'd go back to feeding and I'd try again for a photo :)
by Dalantech
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hoverfly
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Hoverfly

I built a new diffuser for the MT-26EX RT macro twin flash and this Hoverfly made for a good field test. Normally I wouldn't keep a shot like this, or even take it in the first place, because it's too top down. But I think it's a good torture test for the new diffuser set that I built for the macro ...
by Dalantech
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Insect Portraits
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

Re: Insect Portraits

Excellent light and framing, and the backgrounds really make the subject "pop"!
by Dalantech
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

Re: Common Wasps & German Wasps - pond foraging

Love the second and third frame -wonderful light and composition!
by Dalantech
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Would you recommend a tripod or monopod for macro in the field?
Replies: 23
Views: 3875

Re: Would you recommend a tripod or monopod for macro in the field?

It depends on how I'm shooting. If I can grab onto whatever the critter is perched on with my left hand, and then rest the lens on that same hand to help keep the scene steady, then I shoot hand held all the way to 5x. I call it the Left Hand Brace technique. Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 1...