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  1. Leroy4bz

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    Here are my first proper atempt at really small bugs. Any advice off how to improve them would be welcome, don't pull your punches as I'm here to learn. I think its a Lily Beetle?
    [​IMG] by Leroy, on Flickr
    [​IMG] by Leroy, on Flickr
    [​IMG] by Leroy, on Flickr
     
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    As a first go I would say impressive.

    Some common issues on these
    > lighting check the show us your rig thread
    > Focal plane - eyes are always on front edge you need to bring them into the middle so its on the side of being OOF
    > Can you let us know what gear you used?
     
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    Bryan Thanks for your time.
    This is my current workflow...As a Paraplegic Wheelchair user I have to first find a subject that can get close enough to, if not the wife will catch it in a jar, I will the put some form of vegetation in the jar and wait for it to climb out..
    The gear I use is Canon 70d with Sigma 105 plus a ring flash, taken handheld.
    I understand the lighting isn't perfect but I'm in the process of making some defusers
    Please can you expand on Your point about Focal plane point as I'm not sure I understand it.
     
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    I am very impressed that you take so much care. Could you make something that you take photos through?
    I have tried to and mentioned it in this thread.
    https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/threads/rat-tailed-maggots.643871/#post-7745362

    Sorry to hijack the thread but I think it could make your life a lot easier.
     
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    David no need to apologise, thanks for the advice. I'm in the process of making a small desktop Macro Studio. I'll post some pics when it's up and running.
     
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    Hope your on PC/MAC otherwise this may look a little weird on mobile


    =============================== blur
    ------------------------------------------------------ back of focal plane


    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo subject (pin sharp in the middle)



    ------------------------------------------------------- front of focal plane
    =============================== blur


    on your images the subject is tending to be near the front so not as sharp as could be

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    ooooooooooooooooooooooo
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    Hope that makes sense so try and get eye as close to the middle of the plane as possible.
     
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    Hi Leroy, Love that 1st shot, its just about close enough.
    Nice to see that being in a wheelchair has not put you off trying this hard subject.
    Keep putting your shots here and listen to what is being said, I did (just) and I improved lots.
     
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    Now i understand, thanks for the advice.
    Thanks for looking. I will post more, I've learned all i know from here. So onward and upward (y)
     
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    BTW I wonder if the second photo has been spoilt by camera shake, were you arms supported when you took these photos? How much does this combo weigh?
     
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    I agree it not quite there. The sigma is pretty weighty and I do struggle with the overall weight, I put both elbows resting on my arm rests making a resonable stable human tripod. But sometimes i get a wobble on. Looking into ways of supporting to camera, but still having manoverability, I have a Manfrotto Magic arm that a friend is going to modify to fit my chair. I'm getting there, slowly but surely
     
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    That's a great start Leroy - the reflective wing case is tricky. I've been looking through your Flickr; you have some super shots there. Are you going to post the mating flies? I think that is a terrific shot.

    Diffusion is a bit of an art - needs much experimentation, trial and error. But it can make a big difference.
     
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    Thanks for taking the time Nick. You've been one of my inspirations, I've been stalking your posts since last year. I did post thee flies a while back. I'm looking to somehow defuse my ring flash, or just go the pringels tube type on my regular flash.
     
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    I'm a multi stalker, I've been watching you too:)
     
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    Definitely watching the wrong person if you like Graham, you will never shake him off :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Ha ha, no problems you've all helped me along the way.
     
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    No worries, I'm a 1000 miles from the UK lol
     
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