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HIGH resolution Macro shot – Araschnia levana – March 24-25, 2018

Posted in Experimente, Supermacrofotografie on March 25, 2018 by maxpho

This is a test shot. A test for a new high resolution macro imaging method that I hope to use more frequently as Spring unfolds…

For now, the subject in the image was motionless (read “dead”) so no big problems with focusing and moving from area to area. But I think that at some level it can be used in the wild on specimens that stay “dormant” for minutes at a time.

The technique itself requires many, many shots: each small area is imaged at a high magnification and, using focus-stack software, it is process to get sharp despite the small depth of field of the objective. Afterwards, all of the imaged areas are assembled in a large mosaic to get a full-body mage of the subject. This requires time and computing power, since the final image is rather large.

The following VERY LARGE image was actually resized to about 55% from original due to the immense size: 300Megapixels! For easy viewing, I had to shrink the file size to about 12 Mb, which compromised a lot of the details and quality of the shot.

Be patient and zoom in. Details in the order of microns to tens of microns are detectable.

The wingspan of this individual from the species Araschnia levana is around 33 millimeters.



Eudia Pavoniella – SuperMacrophotography – March 25, 2018

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Experimente, Supermacrofotografie on March 25, 2018 by maxpho

Another male Eudia pavoniella emerged today. This time I had enough calm moments to shoot this individual in Hi-Res. At least in some areas…

The most striking details were found to be the little hairs between the elements of the feather-like structure of the moth’s antennae. This tiny hairs are the ones that collect and disperse the pheromones emitted by the females. It is the only way the males of most night-flying moths are able to find their partner.

Equipment: Canon 550D, 10mm macro ring, SMC Pentax M 1:2.8 28mm lens, used as an inverted lens, and a Nissin MF18 Macro ring flash. The image is a stack of 10 individually focused shots. Stacking software: Zerene Stacker. The scale is also shown on the image.


And a shot of the entire moth, two hours after it exited the cocoon.


Another closeup view:



Many faces…and eyes

Posted in Salticizi, Supermacrofotografie on November 13, 2017 by maxpho

A collection of spider faces acquired during the last seven years. All these nice eyes belong to spiders in the Salticidae family, or better known as “jumping spiders”. Somehow the reason for such large eyes is obvious from their popular name: in order to get a good measurement of the distance to subject, they need some rather good resolution and thus large lenses 🙂

Many eyes.jpg

And my personal favorite, with a 2 mm head width, an individual of the species Mendoza canestrini.



Some Macro-Photography

Posted in Supermacrofotografie on November 12, 2017 by maxpho


A few test images using a rather cheap macro setup. The goal was to test a new technique (new for me) in which a large mosaic showing a subject can be made from multi-frame stacking. The setup: Canon 550D, macro tubes, SMC Pentax M 1:2.8 28mm used as an inverted lens, and a Nissin MF18 Macro ring flash. Individual areas are stacks of 10-15 frames, and each mosaic is a made up from 8 to 12 images. Stacking software: Zerene Stacker. Mosaics were assembled with Microsoft ICE. All images were resized to about 30-40% from originals.

The head and antennae of a male Polyphylla fullo. Length of the individual approx 28mm.


The head of Carabus gigas. Length of the individual: approx 54mm.


A species of “Jewel beetle” (Fam. Buprestidae). Length approx 14mm.


And the hindwing of a small butterfly (Fam. Lycaenidae). Wingspan of the individual approx 35mm.


Looking in the eyes of a…

Posted in Comana, Supermacrofotografie on April 9, 2015 by maxpho

…jumping spider.

This female jumping spider of the genus Aelurillus was found in the Comana Woods in early April.

The following shots were acquired in the same manner as the ones from the previous post, in which the male of this species was photographed.

First, a “wide” shot:

salticid 2And a more detailed view:

salticid 1Also, a higher magnification view, using more optics in the setup. Only a grayscale view this time, since the chromatic aberrations of the 2x teleconverter used were quite annoying.



Some details from the insect world – March 22, 2015

Posted in Comana, Supermacrofotografie on April 2, 2015 by maxpho

Almost two weeks ago, on a short trip to the Comana Woods to see how Nature is waking up after the long winter, I’ve found some of the first invertebrates of the year.

Among them, a small jumping spider and a bee-fly.

I’ve spent a lot of time photographing this two small beings. The first one, the spider, was a little less cooperative due to the fact that it was very much alive at the time of the shot, and moving all-around.

I’ve used for both subjects the old super-macrophotography setup, the Canon 550D and the SMC Pentax-M inverted objective. The light used was from a macro-ring flash, not the best choice for artistic shots, but very efficient for high-resolution images showing small details on insect bodies.

First, the spider. Notice the reflection of the macro-ring light in the frontal eyes.


And the bee-fly (a fly that mimics bees) of the species Bombylius major, found already dead on the ground. First shot presents the head and most of it’s proboscis:

fly head

A detailed view of it’s right eye (large image!):

fly eye

And another of it’s wing:

fly wing

Spring is here now, so I’m very sure that many more shots like these (or better) will appear on this blog, since a lot of possible subjects are now emerging from their winter cocoons/shelters.

Nissin MF 18 -First light

Posted in Supermacrofotografie on May 13, 2013 by maxpho

Vad ca anul asta am parte de multe “first light”-uri.

Acum e vorba despre un ring-flash Nissin pe care am inceput sa il folosesc de “foarte curand” in Macrofotografie. Desi unul dintre posturile anterioare contine deja fotografii realizate cu acest flash, primele imagini-test le postez in acest post.

Subiectii fotografiati m-au asigurat (nu verbal) ca achizitia facuta este una foarte buna.

Cate ceva despre acest flash pe pagina producatorului.

Primii subiecti, un mascul si o femela de Marpissa muscosa, unul dintre cei mai mari paianjeni-saritori de pe la noi.

Marpissa muscosa male and female

sari 1

sari 3

sari 2

sari 5

sari 4

Un alt subiect, un fluture pe numele sau Melitaea phoebe:

meli 4

meli 1

meli 3

meli 2

Si alt subiect, o libelula:

lib 2

lib 3

lib 1

Un ultim subiect, o noua specie pentru mine, Rhagium  sycophanta:

croitor 1

Acum nu imi ramane decat sa folosesc inteligent lumina data de acest flash…


(13 Mai 2013)