Quick refresher stack of a honey bee head after a 2 month absence away from stacking. Slightly experimental insofar that instead of using the 4 star JPG save setting on my camera, I used the 3 star (to speed up the processing). Am trying to work out if it makes a lot of difference in eventual quality... let me know... thx!
Technical, preserved specimen, rear curtain sync; 72 photos into 8 sub stacks using zerene stacker, retouched from Dmap composite, finished off with CS4, NoiseNinja & Topaz Detail. Step size of 120µm, polystyrene chip cone diffuser. Resized to reduce noise. El-Nikkor 50mm f/2.8 enlarger lens reversed on slightly more than flat bellows so about 1:1 ish, @ f/5.6. 4 (!) flashes @1/32 perpendicular @12, 2,6 &10 o clock. Took me about 6 hrs or so start to finish, very rusty remembering all the steps and getting all the stuff set up again!
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