Bug and a wasp..

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The bug is with a Yashica 1.9 50 mm reversed and a 20 mm extension tube, and my reversed lens flash setup that I am still working on.
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The wasp is with the 200 f4 micro + kenko pro 1.4 tc and the T. S. flash bracket.

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I think I am flnally getting the hang of using flash for macro, its taken me a year but I think its starting to pay off.

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Excellent, Martin!
The bug (juvenile stink bug) is extremely sharp and detail-rich. That can't possibly be better.
The wasp could have done with a wee bit more DOF.
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Excellent bugs Martin. You have the eye and snout of the first one right in the center of the focus, just where I like it. I hope the wasp was asleep. That's pretty close. 8)
 
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Martin

Got to be impressed. The reverse lens technique is something I'm hoping to get to play with in a few weeks. If my efforts come out anywhere close to your then I'll be well pleased.

I would agree with Harry about the DOF on the wasp - just needs a bit more over the back of the head. Other than that - outstanding stuff.

I've looked at your flash bracket which is a bit more usable than mine. What settings are you using for your flash - I find that I get a lot of dark background where I'm pushing the speed up.
 
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Thanks for the comments and feedback.

Simon the settings on the flashes on the top secret flash bracket is the SB-800 on ttl and the SB-600 on manual triggered by a sync cord. I use a home made snoot with a transparent side on the SB-600 this alows most of the light for the background but enough for shadow fill on the subject.

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Martin:

These are so good. Do you have a preference when shooting macros? Do you use different lens set-ups depending on the subject? I'm hoping that you will say one lens can do it all :D

I just got back from 2 weeks in Northern Minnesota and I'm just starting to catch up. Hope nobody minds me bumping threads.

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Hi Lisa, I like the reversed lenses for the fine detail that it can capture and because of the close working distance I can get softer lighting because the the light is bounced off the subject and back into the diffuser then back on the subject to nicely soften the shadows.


For when I need the working distance, larger or faster moving subjects I like the 200 f4 micro.

And the nice thing about the reversed lens setup is that its the cheapest way to go, you just need an old lens a reversing ring and a miilkjug to make a diffuser.

Martin
 

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