Quote: Oooerrr.....A little over exposed on the hairs of the legs, but that's a very picky criticism, and the ring flash makes it look a little flat. Otherwise very difficult to fault and just goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune on lenses to get superb results. Well done to you.....Shortlisted!
Thank You Ade. The hairs on the legs are not quite as bright on the original but the increased sharpening for screen that i chose when changing from Tiff to JPeg has this effect for some reason.
The JML 21mm was £150 2nd hand and i have seen them on eBay very rarely going for nearly twice that......i really need a spare.
I don't use a flash......the lighting is with 3no. Ikea LED lights that are diffused through a paper cylinder.
I would like to say a really big thank you for the criticism....sometimes times people are for some reason scared to do so for fear of offending the individual....i however really like it...its the way we learn...i'll post a version of this when i have time with the leg hair less exposed.
Quote: I'd be very interested to learn about your focus stacking set-up. I use a travelling microscope that cost me pennies on eBay and the results are absolutely stunning. Cleaning the little critters is a pain, do you have a special brew that you use? I have some RMS lenses for swapping, how about you? Etc., etc..
What do you want to know? Your best bet is to go to this site www.photomacrography.net here you will find everything you will ever need to know about photostacking, setups, lens. Don't think i'm brushing you off because i'm not......you will learn more from this site than i could ever tell you......i'm still very much at the start of the learning curve. I haven't any photos of my setup.....i should probably sort one out for those that are interested.
What lens do you have? I use a Nikon CF 10x, JML 21mm and an El Nikkor 50mm (plastic version). I use 3no. Ikea LED lights and a paper tube for light diffusion, a linear stage and a jig that my camera is bolted to.
I clean the bugs with warm water by putting them in a contact lens canister and giving them a gentle shake.....any other small bits of dust i remove in PS3.
Quote: WOW Keith, this is fantastic ! I like macro but have never done anything like this. What is 50 stacked images ?.....................Bob
Thank you for the kind comment. Because the depth of field is so small at this magnification you need to take many shots a different focal points to see the whole picture. If you are really interested go to www.photomacrography.com there you will the most amazing macro images you have ever seen by some of the most talented macro photographers.
Quote: Great shot, nice colours and well presented.
Just one question...what did you drop in the water that gives it this crown effect? done similar stuff myself
but not been able to acheive this effect.
Thank you for the kind comment. All you do is add a touch of milk to the water to make it a bit thicker. Also drop from about 30cm so the drop doesn't gather to much speed. Place a small drop of milky water directly on the surface and drop another drop onto it.....add food dye for the colours. To get the streaky effect put the drop on the solid surface and add the dye by dipping a cocktail stick in some food dye and carefully touching the drop.
Quote: Fantasticn doF, simply amazing. And I have learned why Vespas got there name: If you get too many of them it is like wasps
no idea how that stacker works, when I downloaded it I was full of anticipation but it crashed immediately
Thank you very much....if you want any help you need only ask.
Quote: There's a lot to enjoy here. I'm amazed at the lack of views or votes, but it's purely because it's out of season for the UK. I'm sure that posting this in the summer would have a completely different result. The only comment I can offer is that there's a small piece of pink fibre on the grass which disrupts the natural feel of the photo.
Thank you very much. I see the fluff......hard to see for me because i am colourblind. I have to ask my partner on occasions to check my photos to ensure the colours are correct...lol
Very nice. Ever since i started water drops i wanted to reproduce Martin Waughs shot but have never got around to it. I take it that the ring is fixed in place and not dropped? as it looks to be at a constant height on the 2 images you posted.
digitall - I know it doesn't look sharp on here but its only a low res image that i have uploaded. Its always a problem with water drop shot.....where to place the focal point on the collision. I generally place it about 10% into the actual splash...that way you get a better DOF so the back of the splash looks in focus as well.