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The New Hairdo | by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel
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The New Hairdo

Call me weird, but I personally think the little micros tend to be more interesting photographically than the big showy macro moths! This is about 2-3mm width of view. I couldn't ID this, I can't seem to find it in Goater or Skinner. Body length 5mm, gold sheen on wings, comes to light (caught in trap).

 

Technical: challenging, because there's a lot of dynamic width between the whites on the scales at the bottom and the mediums/darks of its eyes and head. I went for a gradient brown background (rear sync with 2.5s exposure on smallHD) and this is one of the first times I've really felt that the Pentax K7 let me down as it's so noisy with dark tones. Annoying. Only 2 guns, both on 1/64 but close to the polystyrene diffuser. Glass was Carl Zeizz Jena 135mm with Nikon 10x/.25 ∞ plan objective. 75 shots stacked, step size of 14µm.

 

These are the relevant links to pages on my website about this photo - the equipment and techniques used: Focus Stacking | Nikon 10x Infinite Microscope Objective | Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f/3.5 Tube Lens | Extreme Macro Studio | Diffuser Supports | Flash Clamps | Flash Modes | Manual Flash Use | Metz 58 AF-2 Review | Pentax AF540FGZ Review | Extreme Macro Backgrounds | Macro Diffusion | SmallHD Field Monitor | Macro Bellows | Microscope Stage | Stackshot Stacker | Zerene Stacker | Topaz Detail | Noise Ninja | Substack Slabbing |

 

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Taken on March 13, 2012