Shooting data: f6.3, ISO 100, 1/200sec; Canon 400D, Canon MPE65mm macro, speedlite 580EX2+lumiquest softbox
Flash lighting was from the left.
I have been told that its a springtail, a species of Collembola. And whilst species is very varied and hard to tell the informer suggested that it might be a Protaphorura armata
Well I finally got a chance to fieldtest the MPE for a short while today and after battling with my tripod for around an hour I gave up with it and went for handheld. I didn't really want to do this (I wanted to get some stackable shots) since it forced me to have theflash resting on the ground (which is why its know rather muddy) and the coiled offcamera cord conspired to pull it out of position at every chance it could.
However I was able to find a few little beasties under some rocks, and this kind were nice enough to, if not stay still, at least be slow enough to remain on the rock and thus capturable.
I've come back with an addiction for highpower macro; a sadness that the MPE won't go do 1:2 macro (1:1 feels limiting for some subjects); a hatred for my tripod and a greater desire for the macro twinflash
Any comments/crits/advice welcome - thank you
Tags: Close-up and macro
Wildlife and nature