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Insect macrophotography – October 2018

Posted in Specii rare, Supermacrofotografie on October 15, 2018 by maxpho

Some insects found in the autumn month of October:

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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’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 good for this job), at ISO 100 or 200, and an 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.

A couple of shots showing my rig, with the Olympus 10x microscope objective and Raynox DCR250 lens mounted; the Lomo 3.7x and diffuser at on the right near the stand, as is the 50mm Sigma lens and diffuser:

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Some shots are only tests, so they might seem (and are) 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

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Hesperid.jpg

Agrionid.jpg

fly.jpg

Xylocopa.jpg

Mantisreligiosaleg.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

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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Another closeup view:

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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 🙂

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

ochii

Max