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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:35 pm    Post subject: Charaxes wing scales Reply with quote

This butterfly belongs in the genus Charaxes. (I don't know the species).


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Nikon MM-11 microscope, Mitutoyo 10/0.28 Plan Apo, Olympus TLU tube lens, 9X on sensor, Canon T3i



Nikon MM-11 microscope, Olympus 50/0.50 LMPlanFL N , Olympus TLU tube lens, 50X on sensor, Canon T3i



Nikon MM-11 microscope, Olympus 50/0.50 LMPlanFL N , Olympus TLU tube lens, 50X on sensor, Canon T3i

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exquisite, as always!

I am curious about illumination. Are these with a traditional cylinder or ball diffuser, or did you do something through-the-lens also, or something entirely different?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie,

I like the colour palette of Image #1, the detail and hint of iridescence in Image #2, the 'radiating' pattern of Image #4.

The detail in Image #6 is not as well defined as the other 50X images.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful set!

I love #2.

Rogelio
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job. #2 is magic
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would I be right in thinking that the lighting has quite a pronounced oblique element going with the grain of the scales? The transparency of the scales make these particularly attractive! You do need a good monitor to see these well - on my bad standard monitor there's little visible detail in the blacks but on the other decent monitor there are a lot of shades there. The bottom one can be seen within the top one (towards top left) although it does seem to be a zone or so darker, was that through lighting or pp, and was the purpose of that to tone the edges down a bit?
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all!

Rik,
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I am curious about illumination. Are these with a traditional cylinder or ball diffuser, or did you do something through-the-lens also, or something entirely different?


Pretty much same as always. These days, with the Ikea lights, I pay close attention to how near or far, high or low, the lamp(s) is positioned. Really close and low increase the contrast across the wing. Pull it back and it illuminates more of the hemisphere and gives softer light. The direction of the light in relation to the geometry of the scales naturally makes a big difference. Here's a snapshot of the actual set-up used for these.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles, you are already the best, and you keep raising the bar, higher and higher. Stunning images.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool. Thanks.
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