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    Default Stacked weevil.

    This is 29 frames stacked with CombineZ. It looks unreal, but it's one way of gaining DOF without suffering excessive diffraction from high f-stops.

    The lens magnification was about 2:1 (OMZ 80mm bellows macro near full extension), so shooting at f/5.6 was effectively somewhere close to f/16. It's the aperture the sensor sees that counts, and because it's so far away on the bellows it's effectively smaller. Even at that, it took three frames to cover the weevil's eye.

    Lighting was via an FL-36 and a conical diffuser made of craft foam sheet.

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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    That's a very good result!
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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    The closeup on the left makes him seem kind of attractive because of the elaborate design of his body shell.
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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    I don't know about attractive.. My first impression of the result was that it had come out of Starship Troopers.

    Visually, though, this is just another brown beetle. Only with the closeup does the pattern of tan scales on a black shell emerge.

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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    Amazing.
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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    Fantastic!!!
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    Impressive and very interesting Acme! how did you make it sit still for 29 frames? The insects I try to shoot are always running about. Thanks for sharing.
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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Peter View Post
    how did you make it sit still for 29 frames?
    Weevils are slow to start with, which helps some. It was also chilled, which puts most insects into a short lived torpor. When I'm done focusing I turn off the modeling light, as it tends to both warm and attract. Even with all that, it still moved slightly so some photoshopping was required to get appendages back into alignment.

    BTW, I have no great fondness for bugs, but shooting dead subjects is not so easy either. A lifelike pose is nearly impossible to achieve as insect corpses rapidly curl up into the well known cross legged icon.

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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    Very nice macro,, love the definition and DOF provided by the stacking,,

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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    That's a great effort and the outcome is certainly nothing less than breathtaking - even if it looks a bit like a special FX.

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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    I agree, really impressive.

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    Default Re: Stacked weevil.

    These are some of the best that I have seen. The old entomology text books should be redone with some new digital photographs.

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