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by MarkSturtevant
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Flash on the hotshoe
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Flash on the hotshoe

I have an "invention" in mind where one or more off-camera flash units are mounted on ones' head. They are adjusted to be in good position when the camera is brought up to look thru the viewfinder. Now this would save weight on the camera, certainly, but it would be better if no one sees you wearing...
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Focus stacking live funnel web spiders
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Focus stacking live funnel web spiders

Here are focus stacked pictures of a female, and then a male funnel web spider ( Agelenopsis sp,) The female is the same one I had used to photograph spider 'eye shine' recently. Since she could stay in her webbed retreat while on the dining room table, she was quite happy to just sit for me while I...
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: A little nature at my workplace
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: A little nature at my workplace

I 'lean' toward the marbled orb weaver, Araneus marmoreus. But many of the orb weavers in this genus are hard to tell apart based on their markings since their colors are so variable. I have thought that one way to gain confidence in their ID from field markings is to look at the underside of the ab...
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Macro mix!
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Macro mix!

Excellent. All of it.
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Focus Stacking (using Zerene Stacker)
Replies: 12
Views: 729

Re: Focus Stacking (using Zerene Stacker)

Thank you! It looks like I've some researching to do when I can get to it. 8)
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Focus Stacking (using Zerene Stacker)
Replies: 12
Views: 729

Re: Focus Stacking (using Zerene Stacker)

I was anticipating that the idea suggested would still produce artifacts and work. But to add to this: Would slabbing help in reducing the work load of painting a solid foreground over the subject-less background? That way you would have maybe 10 slabs to use to paint in the foreground over the tran...
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Flash on the hotshoe
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Flash on the hotshoe

There are several folks who mount a single flash on the hot shoe, and then use a diffuser that directs the light forward and downward. There are definite advantages to shooting 'flash forward', but the armatures for doing that also add to the weight and awkwardness of a rig.
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: In-camera focus shifting--down the rabbit hole
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: In-camera focus shifting--down the rabbit hole

I suppose it must be as suggested -- very translucent 'ghost - like' of scales.
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Rare Two Headed California Root Beetle
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Rare Two Headed California Root Beetle

Very good. I found one of these many years ago. They are big.
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Focus Stacking (using Zerene Stacker)
Replies: 12
Views: 729

Re: Focus Stacking (using Zerene Stacker)

Could the problem be helped in some circumstances by also taking some pictures of the background without the foreground subject? I was wondering if adding that to the stack might then give the program (and the human who does touching up) information about what to put into the background adjacent to ...
by MarkSturtevant
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: From a holiday in Croatia.
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: From a holiday in Croatia.

Very nice pictures!
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Metellina segmentata
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Metellina segmentata

That is exceptionally nice! What machine would provide handheld stacks of a subject hanging in the breeze?
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Dung beetle
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Dung beetle

A handsome beast! Well done!
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Grasshopper
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: Grasshopper

Pretty sure this is a katydid. You can see the sword-like ovipositor in the rear.
That has really compelling lighting. Very nice looking picture.