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Phaenicia sericata - Green fly
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Posted By: Clavius, 08-16-2011, 05:06 AM

Here's my latest stack.

Thanks to Yeatzee's tips, the quality of my stacked images improved a lot. (Thanks Yeatzee!) I still need to tweak the lighting A LOT, though! Didn't get to that yet.




And here's a picture of the setup I used:




It's a K5, with four PK macro extension tube sets, and a reversed EL Nikkor 50mm f4.

Apologies for the celphone-photo!
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08-16-2011, 05:29 AM   #2
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Wow that is an awesome picture.s and quite a set up. Stunning well done.
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oh man, that setup is ridiculous. How many tubes is that?
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@Daacon, thanks!

@Enoeske, it's insane, but it works. It's 4 complete sets of cheap Hong-Kong extension tubes. It was either this, or a bellows. But a bellows wouldn't be handy for handheld-shooting.

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Let see that full sized file! (or some crops)

What did you use as a hood?

Jeez its not going to take you long at all to surpass me! Better get some stacks going before school starts because than I'll be pretty much entirely out of commission

edit: how many images?

Great job by the way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
Let see that full sized file! (or some crops)

What did you use as a hood?

Jeez its not going to take you long at all to surpass me! Better get some stacks going before school starts because than I'll be pretty much entirely out of commission

edit: how many images?

Great job by the way.

Thanks for the compliment!

I'll look into posting the full size file, as I have no clue how to do that now.

Because I was eager to test my new setup, I didn't use a hood at all.

The stack consists of 133 images. Should have been more though. When I had done the bulk of my images, the fly suddenly dropped off the pin, at the same moment as my flashes fired. Turns out, the burst of heat from the flash, is able to move the target. Mind you, the flashes were about 1cm away from the subject.

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a bloody amazing!!!! your k5 looks like a bazooka....impressed with this macro stacking... i just like to sit back and view these stunning captures.... dave m
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This is amazing! This is the kind of thing that drives me.
I've read the reviews on those tubes... how did you get the light to blast through all that?
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Thank you for your kind words. I use two old AF200S flashes with radiotriggers which are almost touching my subject.
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just amazing. thank you for sharing.
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Awesome shot!!!
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Well Clavius, you've just entered the realm of photo stacking in style.
Great result - kudos to the effort you put into it, and indeed, your setup works brilliantly.
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GOOD GRAVY! That setup is amazing. Incredible detail in that shot!
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Was this a live bug ,bet he's blind now . That's an impressive set up ,and you say you hand hold this to take shots !!! take my hat of to you sir....
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