Nikon R1C1 ... second shoot.

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It was a great sunshine this morning, so I decided to go to the distant woods to give a good test to my new R1C1 flash sustem. However upon arrival the sun was already covered with clouds and the weather was getting worse every minute.
I managed to take a few shots but (as you see) the natural lighting was very weak, so the backgrounds are mostly dark.... The R1C1 was also having a hard time illuminating the subjects properly, had to rise the output to + 0.7 and wait for every recharge for a few seconds.
Anyway, the two-side flash setup is definitely a great advantage over one on top, so I'm quite satisfied with results so far :)

Nikon D2x, Nikon AF-D 105mm f/2.8, Nikon R1C1 (SU-800 + 2x SB-R200)
All handheld, ISO160, 1/160, f/22

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Excellent shots again. You should have been thankful for the bad weather - the tiger beetle wouldn't have let you so close in bright sunshine :smile:

One question, though: are these cropped or have you added an extension ring? I just ask because these shots definitely go far beyond 1:1 ratio.

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Excellent Igoor
That 4th one is a strange looking fella:)))
Thanks Gale.
This fella was really like nothing I've seen before. After a couple of shots he simply dropped from the bark and looked like an old leaf or bean or something non living at all...
 
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Excellent shots again. You should have been thankful for the bad weather - the tiger beetle wouldn't have let you so close in bright sunshine :smile:

One question, though: are these cropped or have you added an extension ring? I just ask because these shots definitely go far beyond 1:1 ratio.

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Thanks Harry, I didn't know the #3 is called a Tiger Beetle, but it surely was wild, I chased him for almost half an hour before he let me do a few shots...

Yes, all of these are crops, except #8. About 30 to 70%.
I couldn't use any ext. ring because the min. FD would be too short for R1C1.
 
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Thanks Gale.
This fella was really like nothing I've seen before. After a couple of shots he simply dropped from the bark and looked like an old leaf or bean or something non living at all...
That strange looking fella is a click beetle (Elateridae) of the genus Lacon. As far as I see it it is even a rather rare species (Lacon punctatus or Lacon lepidopterus). What does that forest look like? Is it in rather good (i.e natural) condition? I mean, old decaying trees, etc. ?

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That strange looking fella is a click beetle (Elateridae) of the genus Lacon. As far as I see it it is even a rather rare species (Lacon punctatus or Lacon lepidopterus). What does that forest look like? Is it in rather good (i.e natural) condition? I mean, old decaying trees, etc. ?

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Hi Harry, thanks for the ID, yes, there were some decaying trees in this pine forest, actually the bug was sitting on one of these decaying pines...
Can you please tell me where I can buy a good reference books/guides/encyclopedia to ID the insects?
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Thanks Chris, appreciated.

Thanks John, hold on, the warmth is coming sooner or later (better sooner) :)
 
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Can you please tell me where I can buy a good reference books/guides/encyclopedia to ID the insects?
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Igor, there are many illustrated field guides for beetles of Central Europe, but they show only a tiny fraction of all the beetles (about 8000 species in C-Europe). To a certain extent these books might also work for Ukraine, you may at least ID the families and sometimes the genera but to ID the genera you already have to be some kind of expert.

There are good identification books on the beetles of Russia but they were written for coleopterists and don't have color plates, only line drawings of a (few) representative(s) of each genus.

Anyway, as long as we both are in this forum you can rely on my knowledge :smile:

BTW - Ukraine's leading coleopterist (Prof. Dolin) who died a few years ago was a good friend of mine.

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