This morning dawned dull and damp. I found a Froghopper and as usual it hopped but I noticed where it landed and managed to entice it into a pot. It came on the walk with us and it obviously enjoyed the wander as it was good as gold when I popped it on a leaf to have it’s picture taken back in the van.
This is taken at 4:1 on the sensor and uncropped. This is not the limit of the lens but is the limit with the ring flash. When I get closer I lose the light. I have tried using foil reflectors but they get in the way and this was a very lively little insect. Amazingly it only hopped once, it landed on the monitor so was easy to recapture. It was intent on running about and exploring.
It’s port side.
Head on. This is cropped but would still print at over a foot square
DOF is the problem but it is what it is and there is little chance of focus stacking living insects that are this lively. It’s hard enough finding them in the view finder.
This is better but it ran off the leaf onto the back cloth. I suspect it doesn’t like walking on a microfibre lens rag. This was shot at 3:1 and gives about a millimetre depth of field.
As always there is room for improvement but I suspect these are as good as I can get. Lighting could be better but even if I upgraded to the MT-24EX I suspect with the diffusers I’d still struggle. This set up is cumbersome but the twin light flash must be a nightmare. It is also horrendously expensive. I think in future I’ll use 2:1 and 3:1 and crop if necessary. Focussing is not very satisfactory at higher magnifications unless the camera is tethered to the laptop.
I am happy with today and can now sit and watch the rain.