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holdinghistory

Working on my amber photography setup. Right now, having issues with lighting the insect up properly. Still working on getting the focus correct, just switched to a steomicroscope with a c-mount adapter for my Cannon Rebel. Shooting remotely with the EOS app. Lighting with the scope's backlight and a dual arm microscope light. Any ideas?

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holdinghistory

Enicocephalidae in Burmese amber, if anyone was curious ;-).

 

 

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caldigger

Ha! I first read this as being "Lightening for Amber photography" and thought hum, this should be an interesting.

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snolly50

A real lighting challenge...that's a tough subject to capture. This is just my trial and error thinking...I would cut off the back light and try illuminating the piece with halogen spot lamps (just because I have those) from two sides.  Then I would try a ring light from above, but reflection of that source might prove a vexation. Good luck and have fun. Please post your results.

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holdinghistory

Decided that the microscope was just not working for focusing and such, so switched back to a macro lens. Some are better than others, but having some success with a large LED light and a small flexible arm microscope light. This is a shot of a cricket.

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snolly50
On 10/2/2017 at 7:42 AM, holdinghistory said:

having some success with a large LED light and a small flexible arm microscope light. This is a shot of a cricket.

I think this one is very nice. What camera settings are you using?

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holdinghistory

Macro lens on manual focus. Used pretty standard settings with the Cannon Eos software, just made little adjustments to the exposure and depth of field till it looked right. 

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snolly50

Thanks, the depth of field, always a concern with macro attempts, looks as good as could be hoped for in your shot. I think it's a successful effort on a difficult subject.

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holdinghistory

Thank you!

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