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Elivood



Joined: 14 Mar 2014
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Location: Finland

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:30 am    Post subject: Punk bumblebee Reply with quote

I made myself a macro bench and I have been playing around with it for few days. Slowly I'm starting to get better results with it. 122 images stacked with zerene and bugslabber (17 slabs). I think I should have also retouched some of the slabs because I got some halos around the hairs around antenna. Shot with Sony A77 and 4x microscope objective I talked about here.

I haven't been able to identify it. But I think it might be B. lapidarius (or B. ruderarius). I kinda happend to lost its hind legs so Identifying between those two is too hard for me.

Bumblebee by Rasmus Rissanen, on Flickr

And I also made a behind the scenes time-lapse since people will most likely want to see what kind of setup I use. Unfortunately the video doesn't reveal the whole structure because some spots are overexposed. But you should get a good idea neverthess. https://youtu.be/TYRL-o30HJU
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BugEZ



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bee photo turned out well. Bees can be messy.

I loved the time lapse showing you prep the subject and getting it arranged in front of the camera. When you had the bee on the end of the long rod I thought "that unsupported rod will vibrate" and in the next instant a support appeared on the free end. It made me smile. Nice to see your techniques illustrated so well.

A movie of me making a bug stack may be found here. A bit long and tedious...

http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21588

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Elivood



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thaks for the feedback.

The rod is actually surprisingly stable, I was amazed myself how well it supported its weight. Actually I added the support (camera battery grip) to get some tension on the rod to get the bee just a bit lower.
I will soon fix that problem and shorthen the rods. First round of modifications are coming soon as I gain more experience with my setup. I might actually change the subject holder completely..
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