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1mm Gazelle

A tiny 1mm Aphid (Plant lice) leaping through the pink savanna (a Pink powder puff flower).


The technique is more or less the same in each one,

I use a Canon 450D with a combination of:

Full set of Extension tubes

Canon F2.8 100mm Macro lens

Reversed mounted Canon 1.8 50mm

(in that order)


I shoot inside a light box with one flash in order to flood the box with light, the extreme magnification with the flash and colorful flowers/backgrounds gives a very vivid result.


shutter is set to around 1/200

Aperture on the 100mm lens is on F14

(as a balance between a grater DOF (around 1mm) and still keeping it sharp (diffraction with this combination is very enhanced)

the 50mm lens focus is set to infinity, and the aperture is open wide.

focusing is done by moving the camera backward and forward, and the magnification is set by the focus ring on the 100mm lens.


I prefer shooting Aphids since they are pretty still and don't move that much or that fast, plus, since they are about 1-2mm so they can fit into the extremely shallow DOF (and they are extremely cute!)

the average magnification with this combination is around 3:1.

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Taken on April 30, 2010