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Extreme Macrophotography – 2019

Posted in EXTREME macro on January 2, 2019 by maxpho

My work for 2019 in the field of extreme macrophotography is presented here. This post will be updated each time a new shot is created.

 

2mmcoleoptera.jpg

Forficula smyrnensis.jpg

CollembolaHead.jpg

Curculionidae2.jpg

Byctiscus betulae.jpg

Byctiscus betulae blue Male.jpg

heads.jpg

Pyrochroidae larvae.jpg

Staphylinidae.jpg

red velvet.jpg

RedVelvetHead.jpg

Flying ant jan04.jpg

Elateridae.jpg

Wolf.jpg

Wolf2.jpg

Wolf3.jpg

NeedsID2.jpg

NeedsID3.jpg

Carabus_granulatus.jpg

Carabus cancellatus.jpg

WolfSpider3.jpg

Hairstyle.jpg

Hairstyle2.jpg

Eyeofsmallcoleoptera.jpg

Ichn2.jpg

Ichn3.jpg

WaterBug.jpg

BuprestidaeBelionotaSP.jpg

BuprestidaeBelionotaSP2.jpg

Prosopocoilus suturalis.jpg

Prosopocoilus suturalis ventral.jpg

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Best of Maximus Photography 2018

Posted in ASTRO, Evenimente, EXTREME macro on December 31, 2018 by maxpho

Following are what I consider my best results in terms of Photography for 2018.

Some are high resolution images (lunar craters, insects at high magnification), some are colorful (nebulae, butterflies), and some present interesting events (like the International Space Station transiting the Moon or the Sun, or planet Mars at opposition, or my baby daughter Zara 🙂 ).

Hope to have a great 2019 too 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

 

Life:

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Astrophotography:

claviusjan252018.jpg

claviusoct31.jpg

long-strip-april-232018.jpg

MineralMoon-Dec2018.jpg

mooneclispe-with-stars-july-27-2018-small.jpg

mars-opposition2018.jpg

issmoonjan282018.jpg

iss-solar-transit-august-222018.jpg

lagoonrgbhalpha.jpg

m13-a.jpg

 

Macrophotography:

apollo-7-si-1.jpg

Socel.jpg

wasp2.jpg

small-red-ant.jpg

jumping.jpg

 

ant1.jpg

Potosia.jpg

cockoo-wasp.jpg

First light – LOMO 3.7x

Posted in EXTREME macro on December 6, 2018 by maxpho

Extreme macrophotography is one hobby that I hope to master someday. But until that moment comes…I’m learning, and I’m buying equipment 🙂

The micro world requires equipment that must meet some criteria in order to get a good view of the subjects. One of these criteria is the optical quality of the lens used (free of optical aberrations, long working distance, and other).

Until now I’ve used a couple of 10x microscope objectives (Olympus and Nikon) and my old trusty Pentax SMC 28mm lens reversed mounted. They are OK in sharpness or depth of field, but they are far from how a good lens should perform. The problems with all these lenses are the chromatic aberration (which is pretty annoying sometimes) and diffraction softening when pushed out of their normal magnifications.

This is why, in the last few weeks, I’ve been researching some information regarding the rather well known LOMO 3.7x microscope objective. Some photographers use it with excellent results, and some compare its optical performance with the expensive Canon MP-E 65 dedicated macro lens, which is pretty strange when you consider the price gap between the two (about 950 dollars, with the Lomo around 50-60$ on eBay).

Since I was in “desperate” need to get a new “macro” lens for my setup, and at the time of my “need” I had no significant cash in my pocket, I’ve decided that the 50$ Lomo objective could be the way to go (at least for now). After waiting for some weeks for the lens to arrive (from Ukraine), I’ve finally got my hands on the rather dull-looking LOMO:

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Not much to look at, but from an optics enthusiast point of view, the objective intrigued me with its large front element. Mounted on my normal setup it offers a very long working distance (about 25…35mm, depending on the distance to the DSLR sensor), which helps a lot with better controlling the light falling on the subject.

First light with this small lens was done on a medium-sized longhorn beetle. For testing purposes alone, I did not clean the subject, both in real-life or in image post-processing.

The equipment used: Canon 550D at ISO 200, mirror lockup and 2s shutter delay, Wemacro stack rail, 20 microns per step for all images, 3 flash units, homemade diffuser.

And again, just for testing the objective, I’ve decided to go for the extremes, varying the distance of the lens to the sensor plane: about 85mm at minimum (I could go perhaps lower here) and about 200mm at maximum (this could also be increased with more macro tubes). Some measurements on the images and the scale showed that the magnification was varied from 1.9x to about 5.5x, which is not very far from the “PRO” lenses like the CANON MP-E or LAOWA 2.5-5X.

Now, the quality of a lens resides partially in its resolution, so here is the first test shot (50% resize, same processing with a bit of mild unsharp mask applied):

Detail comp.jpg

The details in both images are pretty good for the corresponding magnifications. The larger images show this well. Again, no intensive processing for the following shots, just a mild unsharp mask and levels adjustments. The 5.5x magnification image is actually a 4-image mosaic (not very well done), each a 120 frame stack.  Both images were cropped.

The 1.9x image:

2x.jpg

The 5.5x image:

5_5x.jpg

As it can be observed, the details in both shots are good and free of chromatic aberration, despite the rather difficult subject (white hairs and reflective hairs).

The above images are definitely not “pretty” due to a very dirty subject and no post-processing, but they are actually my best in terms of optical quality (contrast and resolution per pixel).

Conclusion:

After spending a lot of time preparing to buy a LAOWA macro lens (about 400$), and after researching for some cheaper possibilities, and also after doing the 2x to 5.5x tests, I can only be very happy with my 60$ choice (50$ for the lens, 10 or so for shipping): the LOMO 3.7X microscope objective.

And now lets put this lens to work 😉

Extreme macro 2018

Posted in EXTREME macro, Microscopie, Supermacrofotografie on October 6, 2018 by maxpho

This post presents my macro-stacking gallery for 2018. I’m not new with macro stacking but to get to better shots I had to invest a fair amount of money into a new macro setup.

I’ve started to image with the current setup in September, and by the time I got better at it, the insect season was already over…

Hope for a better gallery in 2019!

 

All the following images were created using:

-Wemacro stack rail, with or without the Wemacro horizontal stand, controlled via a phone app.

-Canon 550D (old, but very good), at ISO 100 or 200, and exposure time of 1/200s with 2 sec delay, first curtain sync, mirror lock.

-two to four flash units, with different homemade diffusers (foam cups).

-different lenses: Pentax SMC 28mm reversed, Sigma Macro (1:1) 50mm, Nikon 10x microscope objective, Olympus Plan 10x with Raynox DCR 250, Lomo 3.7x. All with different extension tubes to get variable magnifications.

-Software: Zerene Stacker, Photoshop.

 

Some of the insects photographed are from my private collection. All of them were collected in the field.

Some shots are only tests, so they might seem pretty poor 🙂

While others are of large resolution, so they might take a while to fully load.

 

IssoriaHead.jpg

Ilathonia1.jpg

Shieldbug.jpg

Curculionid.jpg

FlyEye.jpg

Colias head1.jpg

Colias head2.jpg

Agrionid1.jpg

Agrionid2.jpg

Autographa gamma.jpg

Stictocephala bisonia.jpg

Wasp1.jpg

Acrida hungarica.jpg

2018-10-09-21.56.21 ZS PMax.jpg

Hesperid.jpg

Agrionid.jpg

fly.jpg

Xylocopa.jpg

grasshopper.jpg

platosa 1.jpg

cockoo wasp.jpg

E_catax.jpg

Evarch1.jpg

Evarch2.jpg

Catocalafraxini.jpg

arcuata2.jpg

frigana.jpg

geo.jpg

C intricatus.jpg

small wasp.jpg

mantis 1.jpg

mosquito1.jpg

mosquito 2.jpg

ladybird.jpg

soldierfly.jpg

syrphid.jpg

spiderEye.jpg

spider1.jpg

puffy.jpg

Jumping.jpg

Lorientalis.jpg

Wolfspider.jpg

salticid11.jpg

Ant1.jpg

ant2.jpg

fly.jpg

jumping spider.jpg

largeeyes.jpg

Colias sp.jpg

TheFly.jpg

Fly2.jpg

Wolfspider.jpg

Skunkbug.jpg

SmallAnt.jpg

WolfSpiderEyes.jpg

AntHead.jpg

hoverfly.jpg

aromia.jpg

Scarabaeus.jpg

Apaturametissmall.jpg

Newant.jpg

small bug.jpg

3mm beetle.jpg

ball.jpg

carabus cla.jpg

carabus cla wing detail.jpg

Parnadetailspot.jpg

FulloWide.jpg

Rosalia head.jpg

RosaliaB.jpg

Cerdo1.jpg

cerambyx2.jpg

Morimus.jpg

wasp2.jpg

wasp2bw.jpg

spiderhunter.jpg

bluefly.jpg

fly head col.jpg

fly head bw.jpg

Flyhead3.jpg

harmonia.jpg

flying ant.jpg

alive wolfspider.jpg

negative.jpg

Longhorn.jpg

Cer22.jpg

raphmantis.jpg

aegosoma1.jpg

Cscopolii.jpg

cerambyxwelensi.jpg

Cerambyxcomparison.jpg

aegosoma2.jpg

Osmoderma.jpg

Potosia.jpg

Triceraptos.jpg

Lceltis.jpg

LcervusFem.jpg

Scarabaeus2.jpg

Proserpina.jpg

clathratus.jpg

Papollo.jpg

Ladybug1.jpg

Deilephila1.jpg

Claw.jpg

longhorn10.jpg

Socel.jpg

Alien.jpg

identification b.jpg

small red ant.jpg

Centipede1.jpg

CARABID44.jpg

CARABID11.jpg

CARABID22.jpg

CARABID33.jpg

funnelspider.jpg

head.jpg

Dorcus p 1.jpg

Dorcus p 2.jpg

Dorcus mite.jpg

Dorcus mite zoom.jpg

EUfireant.jpg