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Another (hairy!) fly

 
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 2:28 pm    Post subject: Another (hairy!) fly Reply with quote

A couple more fly shots. I've been playing around with some different lighting... trying something less diffuse and with higher contrast. But so far I still like the "look" provided by the more diffused lighting as was used for these two pictures.

Top image from stack of 35 images, Helicon Focus. 2.5X objective, 1.67X NFK photoeyepiece. Canon 350D

Lower image from stack of 51 images, Helicon Focus. 5X objective, 1.67X NFK photoeyepiece. Canon 350D




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Sven Bernert



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles, you are showing some unbelievable images here! Sharpness and clarity at this magnification makes your work outstanding. I am stunned and tip my hat off to you!

Best,
Sven

P.S.: It is not that often that I stumble into the micro section (since Iím not that much interested in microscopy), therefore didnít expect to see images like that.

Very cool hehe Smile
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Mike



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Charlie,

It seems you have an endless supply of 'victims'! Great shots and we are all waiting for that book - I'd be willing to send in advance payment!

Do you get your bugs nice and clean or do you put them through a cleaning process?

All the best,
Mike

p.s. - I hope to have my system up and running in the next few days using the Nikon D200. Wish me luck.
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crocoite



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sven Bernert wrote:
P.S.: It is not that often that I stumble into the micro section (since Iím not that much interested in microscopy), therefore didnít expect to see images like that.


Then you'd be missing out on my mineral photos too Sven Smile

Nice images Charles. I'd be interested in hearing about the cleanliness too. Everytime I put a dead fly under my scope, it's full of dust, dirt, stuff, etc.
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all! Actually the flies I have collected to be my vict.... uhhh, I mean subjects Wink have been remarkably clean. I catch them live in a clean container. After they are mounted and ready to photograph a few light "puffs" from some canned air takes care of most problems. If there are any fine pieces of debris present I use a very fine needle to remove it. If there is something small that is difficult to remove I will leave it rather than damage the specimen. This can be touched up in Photoshop. Beetles can be a different matter. I have photographed some collected specimens that were really a mess when looked at up close through a microscope. Sometimes a "bath" under warm water with gentle brushing from a small artist paintbrush will clean it up nicely.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remarkable pictures! Very "Charlie-esque" feel! Excellent details and very pleasant color tones, as usual. Smile

I can see you have got the 1.67x eyepiece, at last! Can you photograph the entire field of view now?
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piotr... these are the first two shots using it, and yes, it really seems to be the right "strength" if you want to record the view through 10X eyepieces. My eyepieces show me a FN of 20, and with the 1.67 NFK and Rebel 350D I record a field of 16... so it's nice in that respect.

But there's always something... I don't think my Zeiss Plan 2.5X is "up to it" when I record this larger field. The edges of the frame are not that great. The Olympus S Plan FL 2X is much better but the working distance is shorter than I like.

The reason I really made an effort to locate the 1.67X was that the Olympus DIC setup adds another 1.25X magnification. This made it a bit too "tight" with the Rebel and the 2.5X as I was recording a field size of about 8.6. I think it will be very useful once I get that stand back.
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