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Closer to Thee, My Gawd!

By Goggz
This is a closer crop of the dead fly that I stacked up.

2x extension tubes & bellows fully wound out with a 50mm macro lens on the end. Three cheap LED lights on stalks from Ikea and a piece cut off an Omeprazole box for the background. Three half ping pong balls to form a "light tent" around the fly, which had it's arse glued to a pin stuck into a bit of foam taped to the tripod. All popped into Helicon Focus on auto settings.

Ta for looking!

Cheers, Goggz

Tags: Fly Close-up and macro Flickr Focus stacking Ping pong balls

Voters: Ade_Osman, zebraboy, Willmer and 12 more

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Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
17 Jun 2012 11:26AM
Well considering the set up I have to say I think it's a marvellous attempt! There's some obvious halo-ing around the hairs, but that could'nt be helped. Zerene seems to cope with that better I find rather than Helicon, but both programs have their + & - sides.....Great work all in all, well done....


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7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 4:42PM
A really good photograph, sorry I can't expand further due to my current posture and discomfort.

Regards Nathan
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
17 Jun 2012 4:49PM
Thanks Ade & Nathan. It's the first time I've used Helicon so there is a lot of exploring to do and it was interesting getting the lighting right. Perhaps those haloes are more down to me winding the stack along by guesswork rather precisely. Time will tell.
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
18 Jun 2012 12:22AM
winding the stack along by guesswork rather than precisely I shoulda wrote!
digicammad Plus
14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2012 1:49PM
Erch! Good work (I think). Smile

Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
18 Jun 2012 7:18PM
THerefore I am Grin

CHeers bud!
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 9:34PM
God gracious! I think it needs a comb and a wash....
And maybe a shave. Smile
Super close up, fine detail. Amazing work.
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
26 Jun 2012 11:34PM
ta Jo Smile
28 Jun 2012 11:37PM
helfire this is an awesome image !!
I have just spent the last 20 mins looking at this Smile
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
28 Jun 2012 11:54PM
Chedd, I'm sorry but you need to get out more if you looked at this for 20 minutes Wink

But thanks for doing it! Smile

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