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July 19, 2008
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 30D
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 19, 2008, 8:07:54 AM
Dewy Fly by troypiggo Dewy Fly by troypiggo
Taken and submitted for the Detail in Macro contest.

** UPDATE **
Well I woke up this morning and what do I find, but I won the contest and I have a million congrats, comments, favs, and devwatches! How awesome is that?! :)

Thankyou so much to the judges for holding the competition and the donations. And thanks for all of your comments and favs etc. I have replied to all of the comments to date, but can't keep up with the favs, so I'll have to thank you all collectively here! :)

And finally, well done by all who entered. There were some great submissions in there. I didn't think I had a chance. What an awesome community we have here on dA! :)

100mm macro lens and 68mm of extension tubes. Diffused flash off-camera on a bracket top left of lens (viewed from shooter's perspective).

Camera settings:
EXIF info embedded. Greater than 1:1 mag, not quite 2:1 mag with tubes - that is a blade of grass and the larger dewdrop is probably only 1-2mm diameter. The fly wasn't a big one - perhaps 10mm long max (estimated obviously).

Handheld, laying on wet grass with elbows on the ground for stability. Manual focus to the mag and composition I wanted, then move whole camera forwards and backwards slightly until got the detailed focal point I was after. Need to get up early to get the dew and no wind.

I had been out for over an hour shooting for this contest. Was about to head home and thought I'd just check one last clump of longer grass. Saw a couple of interesting flies, spiders, some sort of larva in there. Took some shots, but then saw this fly and got all excited. Lay down in wet, dewy grass in amongst the spiders, maggots etc I'd just been shooting just to get that shot.

Post Processing:
Just cloned out some sensor dust spots, played with contrast and curves, resized for web and smart sharpened. Single shot only. I had some comments that the large dewdrop looks pasted in there, but it isn't. No focus stacking either.
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Ivan-Andreev Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
at this point I would say its more skill... I've checked out your other insect macros and you have VASTLY improved since your first shots! Great work!
Ivan-Andreev Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
The composition and technical skill shown through the incredible focus here makes this one of the best insect macro shots I have seen!
troypiggo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Cheers! Thanks mate! Lot of luck involved too :)
Grindtech Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010   Photographer
extremely wonderful!
troypiggo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
and1tricker Featured By Owner May 24, 2009   Photographer
hi i just start taking macro photography. just wondering what is the 68mm extension tube for? thanks
troypiggo Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Hi there. Extension tubes put more distance between the lens and the camera sensor (or film if you have a film camera). What this does is allow the lens to focus much closer than it was originally designed for, thereby increasing the magnification capabilities.

The macro lens I used here was 100mm focal length and by itself can achieve 1:1 magnification at minimum working distance (which is around 100mm IIRC). This means that when you focus at whatever you're shooting 100mm in front of the lens, it will be exactly the same size on the sensor as it is in real life.

With extension tubes I can focus closer, around 50mm in front of the lens. This gives me about 2:1 magnification. So the object I'm shooting is 2 times bigger on the sensor as it is in real life.

Hope that makes sense.
and1tricker Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Photographer
oh, i see. It is amazing to know all of these things. By the way, i heard people reverse a lens on top of our micro lens. what is the differences/advantages between a extension tube and a reverse lens? thanks.
troypiggo Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
I have never used a reverse lens setup, so can't speak knowledgeably on it. I understand that they'll use a longer lens like a 200mm or something, then reverse a 50mm on front.
Thulfiqar20 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Student Interface Designer
what kind of camera is this?.. really nice
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