I had a goodie arrive in the post courtesy of eBay this week and I was desperate to try it out - a Componon 35mm f/4 enlarger lens. This covers the gap I had between a 28 Componon and an el Nikkor 50 beautifully and well I' very happy with it. I like doing moths and this lens should be the right mm for that. If you ever get into using reversed enlarging lenses, the lenses to look for are 6 element lenses, they can be had relatively cheaply nowadays with the declining use of enlargers and the results can be really nice.
I did a blue background for 2 reasons one of which was that a very nice fellow goin_bald kindly suggested it as an alternative on my last shot., I'm glad I listened. Also, I wanted something to show off the orange beard and blue and orange can sometimes be quite striking together. Another option I'd like to try on another similar fly would be gray - which bizarrely comes from looking at the kindle for iPad colour scheme. The orange certainly stands out - grey might be too flat though. Decisions decisions. hm.
I would have liked to have done a different insect but unfortunately I'm much better at photography than I am at entomology. Learning what's where, when and what's pretty is something that's going to take me a little longer - feel more than welcome to comment with links to decent books or websites. Help appreciated =).
Technical: SmallHD background; rear curtain sync 1s exposures; 146 photos into 48 sub stacks, retouched from Dmap composite, finished off with CS3, noiseninja & Topaz Detail. Step size of 35µm, polystyrene chip cone diffuser. Resized 10% to lose noise. Componon 35 f/4 reversed on flat bellows so about 1:1; 3 flashes @1/32 perpendicular @2,6 &10 o clock.
Link to 100% jpg: farm6.staticflickr.com/5451/7178341348_268475b834_o.jpg
UPDATE 2014 - I have put together an extreme macro photography learning site to explain the techniques and equipment used for all my macro photos here in Flickr which 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, Insect Photography