f13, ISO 200, 1/200sec
Reading can be a challenge when the words are so big!
Taken with Canon 400D, Sigma 70mm macro and sigma 1.4 teleconverter. Camera and lens arranged on a single focusing rail (cheap ebay rail) which was attached to a Manfrotto Junior Geared Head and then onto a set of tripod legs.
Lighting was a 580 EX2 with lumiquest softbox mounted on an offcamera flash cord and held from an above position with the flash head directed slightly toward the front of the insect.
The insect itself was slightly cool (naturally) and just happened to be in the room at the time. It was placed onto the book where it eventually settled somewhere (I honestly didn't pose it right over that word, I just let it move itself around till it came still - a thing which made focusing tricky when it would suddenly get up and go).
edit: any advice on dealing with the reflections of the flash and softbox on the insects back would be most welcome. I;ve tried making the softbox itself larger, but it still showing. Is the next stage to move it further away or do I have to go all the way toward lightboxes to get smooth flashbased lighting on such a subject? (I would prefer not to have to use a box as whilst in this shot it would not have been a problem it does pose more limitations outside - and further increases setup time).
Tags: Close-up and macro
Wildlife and nature