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Super Macro of the face of a fly


Super Macro of the face of a fly
Copyright ©2015, Loren Lewis
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This is a super macro of a fly that was walking back and forth along the window sill in my shed. He must have been there a long time as was pretty tired because he was stumbling as he walked and was easy to catch.


I used the C5050Z with it's wireless remote, an AC adapter I got on eBay for about $19 (to insure the batteries were not going to be a problem) and with an achromatic triplet that was removed from the guts of an old Sigma Zoom-Master lens that I bought about 10 yrs ago on eBay for about $30 (thanks to Jens Birch's guidance at the time). The camera was on a cheap focus rail I got on eBay for $12. My original attempt had lighting problems because for good focus the lens needs to be about .250 -.375 inches (6-9mm) from the subject, pretty much blocking all ambient light. Since I was alone with one hand on the remote and the other holding a flashlight I was able to light only one side and it was difficult to control. The result was poor.

So I placed the fly under an cheap Amscope stereo microscope that had an adjustable LED ring light. I removed the microscope eyepiece and used the camera with the triplet lens attached as the eyepiece and the ring-light set low illumination

This is a stack of 47 photos.

Thanks to Jens Birch for his guidance 10 yrs ago Thanks to Steve Wander for recently replacing the capacitor, as without it's memory, the camera was not very convenient to use - especially for stacking.

Photographer: Loren Lewis
Folder: Closeups
Uploaded: 03-May-2015 18:37 CEST
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Camera: Olympus C5050Z
Exposure time: 4 s
Aperture: F8
Focal length: 21 mm
Lens: achromatic triplet
Focusing method: Manual
ISO: 64
White balance: Auto
Flash: external
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Stack of 47 photos using Photoshop CS6, cloned away some hot spots, sharpened, brightness, crop.
Image resized to: 768x1229

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What a creative use of equipment to get this shot!

Peter Townsend at 01:07 CEST on 19-May-2015 [Reply]


Thank you Peter.

Loren Lewis at 01:38 CEST on 19-May-2015 [Reply]


stunning !!!!

juliette gribnau at 18:02 CEST on 31-May-2015 [Reply]


juliette gribnau wrote:
> stunning !!!!
Thank you, juliette.

Loren Lewis at 18:30 CEST on 31-May-2015 [Reply]