Unique view of a tiny spider ?

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LordV
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Unique view of a tiny spider ?

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Spotted what I thought was a red spider mite eating something on a grass blade when I was doing some dewdrop refraction shots. Shows how bad my eyes are- turned out to be a small sac spider around 2.6mm long. After taking some shots of it , wondered if i could get a refraction shot of it in a dewdrop. No dewdrops near it of course so I tried moving a grass blade with a dewdrop - no go they fall off at the slightest touch, so i tried the reverse of moving the spider near a dewdrop. Success - first time I've managed to get a recognisable bug in a dewdrop refraction!- last 2 shots taken at 4:1 and 5:1 mag FF.
All shots 5Dmk2/MPE-65/430Ex flash with some hand stacking

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Post by sonyalpha »

Wow! Wow! and triple Wow! Brian: :)

Fantastic stuff......................The first two shots are so sharp....that lens of yours is amazing and your ability to focus it so it well is brilliant:

The refraction shots are a delight................prize winner's both:

I must learn how to do that.......have you posted instructions anywhere please?....or....is it your secret:

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sonyalpha wrote:Wow! Wow! and triple Wow! Brian: :)

Fantastic stuff......................The first two shots are so sharp....that lens of yours is amazing and your ability to focus it so it well is brilliant:

The refraction shots are a delight................prize winner's both:

I must learn how to do that.......have you posted instructions anywhere please?....or....is it your secret:

sonyalpha
Thanks Sa :)

Tutorial on dewdrop refractions here http://www.wonderfulphotos.com/articles/macro/dewdrops/
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Post by DQE »

Great shots!

Congrats on the first "critter in a water drop" photo. Quite a milestone and accomplishment!
-Phil

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Post by LordV »

DQE wrote:Great shots!

Congrats on the first "critter in a water drop" photo. Quite a milestone and accomplishment!
Thanks Phil :)

Not quite the first bug I've shot refracted in a dewdrop - just the first one you could actually recognise. I've done larger bugs before but the images in the dewdrops were so distorted they were fairly unrecgnisable. I think only radially symmetrical large subjects such as flowers survive the distortion efects.
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Post by MacroLuv »

Nicely done! :smt023

MPE-65 without tripod? It works so well for stacking?
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Post by Harold Gough »

LordV wrote:I think only radially symmetrical large subjects such as flowers survive the distortion effects.
Your pet Dicyrtomina might be a candidate. Great result!

Harold
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Post by LordV »

Thanks ML and Harold for the comments :)

ML - Yes without a tripod but I was resting the lens on my hand on the ground.

Harold - Yes might work with a springtail - hard bit might be trying to get one in position :)
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