From the side...
I must be getting adventurous in my old age; instead of doing just full headon shots I actually forced myself to try something different with this tiny insect which I'm rather ashamed not to know what it is =(. Ento masters, do feel very free to please rescue this unnamed creature and give it an ident!
Technically it's a little bit interesting insofar that it's the second shot that I tried substacking on. So 257 shots got divided into 65 or so variously sized substacks each with 25-50% overlap out of which 25 joins were made and the final image composited out of a combination of these (thank you Elf!). Then finished off using CS3, Topaz detail and NoiseNinja. 3 bulbs; polystyrene chip holder diffuser round the lens which was Pentax M 100mm f/4 wide open with Nikon 10x/.25 ∞ plan objective in front. Had to perform some emergency PP because I messed up in my actual photo. Crop and slightly reduced in size in order to remove noise.
Question for people - the yellow background. does it get a yay or a nae from you?
Update, thank you to Conny for a likely ident: wood gnat or Anisopodidae. If you havent already, I'd strongly recommend you have a look at Conny's stream, really really excellent stuff.
Link to full pic: farm8.staticflickr.com/7098/7165916758_080a15ba76_o.jpg
UPDATE 2013 - An extreme macro photography learning site to explain the techniques and equipment used for all my macro photos here in Flickr is now ready. To point to a few of the links that people who want to learn this stuff might like to have a browse of:
Focus Stacking, Focus Stack Preparation, Shooting A Stack, Stack Processing, Stack Post Processing, Schneider Kreuznach Componon 28 mm f/4, Schneider Kreuznach Componon 35 mm f/4, Schneider Kreuznach Componon 80 mm f/4, Nikon El-Nikkor 50 mm f/2.8N, Reject Enlarger Lenses, JML Optical 21 mm f/3.5, 20 mm Microfilm f/2.8, Anybrand MP-E 65 Macro Lens, Manual, TTL, Rear Curtain Sync, Extreme Macro Backgrounds, Single Colour Background, The Gradient Background, Adjustable Flash Shoe Mounts, Extension Tubes, Eyepiece, Field Monitor, Flash Bracket, Focusing Helicoid, Holding Tools, Lens Adapters, M42 Iris, Macro Tripod, Making A Macro Beanbag.