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by MarkSturtevant
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Beginners Macro
Topic: Need help making a diffuser
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Need help making a diffuser

There are a number of diffuser set ups. I don't know what twin flash you have, so I'm not sure what specific design would be best. For now... > Here is this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1833312540247277/?notif_id=1541113934494651¬if_t=group_r2j_approved (sorry to suggest joinin...
by MarkSturtevant
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: A look into the seed-head of a Salsify
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: A look into the seed-head of a Salsify

Very good! Goatsbeard gets a lot of attention b/c they look like giant dandelions. But they are interesting in their own right since some have rapidly formed new species by forming polyploid interspecies hybrids. The hybrids can cross amongst themselves, but cannot successfully cross with their orig...
by MarkSturtevant
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hoverfly
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Hoverfly

Well done!
by MarkSturtevant
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Robber fly (Machimus arthriticus)
Replies: 7
Views: 87

Re: Robber fly (Machimus arthriticus)

A very nice set. I've read that one should take care in handling them, since they can defensively bite. I don't pick up large ones for that reason.
by MarkSturtevant
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Ménage a trois.
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Ménage a trois.

Very well done! I love photobombs.
by MarkSturtevant
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Rings
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: Rings

A very interesting set.
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Fossil termite
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: Fossil termite

I have a large chunk of copal, with lots of insects in it (which is why I bought it, of course). It is odorless, but I have no idea about its age.
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Focus stacking a live ambush bug
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Focus stacking a live ambush bug

One subject I’ve had in mind for some time for a focus stacking session is the local species of ambush bug ( Phymata pennsylvanica ). These are weird assassin bugs that use their cryptic textures and colors to conceal themselves on flowers, where they wait patiently to make a meal of a visiting inse...
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Some 3D printed accessories for the Godox TT350 flash
Replies: 20
Views: 383

Re: Some 3D printed accessories for the Godox TT350 flash

Interesting! Since you asked for ideas, I am planning to later build a pair of diffusers for my dual head flash, using a pair of these asymmetric party bowls: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQNW6K6?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details This to provide a degree of wrap-around lighting to the subject. ...
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Fossil termite
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: Fossil termite

Interesting! That does indeed look like a termite. If there is no provenance to the piece, it could be relatively common like Baltic amber, or copal, which is very old tree resin that is not old enough to be considered fossilized.
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hoverfly landing on globe thistle
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Hoverfly landing on globe thistle

Artistic indeed! And the tilted angle of the fly adds a sense of action. Well done!
by MarkSturtevant
Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Nature Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Sweat Bees in a Sunflower
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Sweat Bees in a Sunflower

Beautiful! I also rely on this lens, and also with a 1.4x extender (the Tamron model). My go-to lens for dragonflies and butterflies, but the working distance is close enough that it also pulls in damselflies pretty good. It is heavy, though. I usually rest the lens on a monopod with a V-yoke. This ...
by MarkSturtevant
Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Green tortoise beetle, Cassida viridis
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Green tortoise beetle, Cassida viridis

An interesting perspective. We have a similar species in the same genus that uses thistle as its host plant. The larvae of tortoise beetles are really weird as they look like spiny trilobites.
by MarkSturtevant
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Technical and Studio Photography -- Macro and Close-up
Topic: Hoverfly
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Hoverfly

Very well done!