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20x Stacks: Butterfly and Moth Wing Scales

 
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Macro_Cosmos



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:12 am    Post subject: 20x Stacks: Butterfly and Moth Wing Scales Reply with quote

Ever since I acquired the 20x lens, I haven't been happy with the results. The lens is a bit decentered but that's not the problem, my lighting is just not there yet.

However, some do come close. Just need to practise more and explore more options, getting out of the infinite feedback loop of "just diffuse" was an important step.

Morpho Didius. Besides the highling on the tip of the scales, this one is closest to what I deem acceptable:


Papilio Mackii, this one is near perfect for my taste.


A couple Sunset Moth Scales:



Papilio Palinurus Daedalus Scales, probably not great but I really like it!


Blue Papilio Ulysses Scales, this one is a matter of image quality, top left portion really soft. Lighting is perfect for my taste.


Thanks for viewing!
More of my stuff here, including lots of food and some cityscapes, landscapes.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmicroscopy/with/48462191112/
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Smokedaddy



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, all of them are very nice.
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Saul



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive !
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful stacks.
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rolsen



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second one is really special!
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Lou Jost



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked at your Flickr page, very beautiful. This was my favorite:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmicroscopy/48066277346/

Edit: I couldn't stop looking, had to go through all the pages. Wonderful variety, a great visual pleasure.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice results. I agree about the lighting, 100% diffusion is too flat. Optimal is very close to it though!

I like the one you liked, for the textures and detail it shows.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Macro_Cosmos,
Yes, papilio maackii is the best one, well done!
BR, ADi
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Olympusman



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:17 pm    Post subject: Scales Reply with quote

They all look very good to me. Nice lighting.

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Geopressure



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

20X is challenging for me as well, but these are gorgeous!
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Beatsy



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All look great, but I like your fave best too.

It's surprising how the tiniest movement of the lighting or diffuser can make such a massive change to an image. From a flat, boring "record shot" to a high-impact, beautiful image - just by moving a light a fraction of a millimetre!
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