Very Strange Bugs

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  1. NateS

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    Here's a couple of very strange bugs...no clue what they are.

    This first guy was SO hard to light. I'm not super happy with them but no matter what I did there was too many grooves for me to light him very well.
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    This guy was less weird and more cool looking
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    and not weird or strange at all
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    Wow ! ... It's look like monster from the movies.
     
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    Thanks. Definitely doesn'tn look like a rough textured beetle to me. This thing appeared to be one section instead of two like the beetle.
     
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    Looks like thats the winner!

    Nate, great shots as always. Can I ask how you use your flash when shooting Macro? I mean, settings-wise. I had my go at it today with very unpleasing results.

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    Thanks Mark. Settings wise, I just have it at between 1/4 to 1/2 power depending on the subject. 1/4 + 0.3 is usually where I start and adjust for the subject from there....I need more power (obviously) if I am shooting farther back from my minimum focus distance.


    Oh, and thanks for the ID Dao....saved me a lot of searching.
     
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    Thanks! What about zoom distance? 85mm?

    Mark
     
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    I've tested it all the way from widest to fartherst and get no difference. I think this has to do with the mini-softbox grabbing the light and spreading it. I usually leave it on the widest setting though because I figure if it does make any difference, I want the widest scatter of light as possible to give me the softest light possible.

    Oh, and I used to shoot TTL and still do sometimes. When I'm up close, I shoot manual with the settings I told you, but if I have to back off, that's nowhere near enough power to light something from a distance, so I just quickly tap it into ttl or ttl-bl mode for those occassions...much easier and quicker. Up close though, I get too much inconsistency with TTL and find manual to be much better.
     
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    Man that first one is bizzare looking! Very cool.

    That is a tough one to light with one source too. Looks like its time to break down and buy the R1 kit! :D
     
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    Thanks alot for that explination. Ill have to give it another go if it ever stops raining here! :grumpy:
    I spent almost a half hour trying to light a raindrop-filled tomato yesterday, and it was a miserable time. If youre shooting at 1/4-1/2 at 180mm, Ill probably have to shoot 1/4-1/16 shooting at 105mm. That being said, Im shooting through a LQ107 softbox, so I suppose the 1.25 stop loss should make a difference. Ill try to figure it out.

    Thanks alot again!
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