Sawfly larva

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    Suborder Symphyta (further ID not determined)
    Size: length: 5 mm

    This tiny sawfly larva is feeding on flowering St. John's Wort (Hypericum)

    Computar 55/2.8 on Nikon PB-6 bellows (close to full extension).

    64 natural light exposures stacked in Zerene Stacker.

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    Jimbography ;-), evi binzinger, and 52 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Gustavo Mazzarollo 45 months ago | reply

      The animated gif counts the technical history, this image is perfectly fit in the stereo, very good depth add to this scene.

    2. Nikola Rahme 45 months ago | reply

      Javier has good questions, I am looking forward to read your replies. About the animation: interesting to see the movement of the organs inside the body :-)

    3. Javier Torrent 45 months ago | reply

      I always have questions, never the answers ;-)

    4. johnhallmen 45 months ago | reply

      Thanks guys!

      No partial stacks here but I did some retouching from individual frames around the "tail" where the movement caused some ghosting. The problem wasn't too bad though since the movement was slow and most of it occurs when the moving parts are out of focus (the tail is in focus <10 frames).

      I have not used the 55/2.8 wide open. In this image it was set to f4 in the ones I've posted earlier it was f5.6 or slightly more.

      I haven't measured the WD but it didn't strike me as much different from what I'd expect from a lens in this range. It's possibly a bit shorter but not to the point where it's difficult to use in any way.

    5. ohrfeus 45 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work. Great you managed this clean stack despite the larva moving!

    6. J.J. Kent (sub) [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      This is superb and I love the gif, great to see the whole process.

    7. Bogdan Raducan 45 months ago | reply

      Waiting for the post related to the way you diffuse light in's fantastic how the light strikes the subject from all directions almost with the same intensity.

    8. chausinho 45 months ago | reply

      great and amaizing textures

    9. Maurizio Beghelli (rissio54) 45 months ago | reply

      As always your work are specimens!
      Thanks for the tutorial on Zerene Sloe bug: this is very interesting and fast processing (my MacBook Pro 2.4GHz in comparison looks like a tired snail and my pc like immobile!!)

    10. Josh Segal 45 months ago | reply

      Thats a really cool process. Nice work!

    11. [OBI][ONE] 45 months ago | reply

      sei grande!! ma come fai!!!

    12. Joaquim F. P. 45 months ago | reply

      A very interesting investigation and a set of really fantastic images.
      I remember some of your posts talking about a possible telecentric system with mitutoyo apo objectives, the behaviour is similar to the computar lens?

    13. Modo Frodo's Cabinet of Curiosities 45 months ago | reply

      This is splendid on so many levels. The way that animates in the stacking sequence is bliss. Also, the crosseyed stereogram is fantastic. Wonderful work.

    14. CHILLY-BEAN 45 months ago | reply

      Splendid work.

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    16. pbertner 45 months ago | reply

      Agree with all the above comments, these are really fantastic John. Each part stereogram and gif really add to the whole experience! Are you using a stackshot for this or actually adjusting manually for each frame?


    17. Joel Woodford 45 months ago | reply

      the colours are great but WOW when you view the original image size!!!

    18. tobyjug5 45 months ago | reply

      lovely colours, always find these larvae photogenic.

    19. mbr100863 44 months ago | reply

      Beautiful macro. Love colours.

    20. manuroy1 44 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot, the colors are vibrant! Cool pic!

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