A few months ago I bought a new flash for macro photography. Before this, I used wireless regular flashes that was both heavy and complicated to set up. I tried ring-flash, but ended up with images looking quite flat because light came from “everywhere”. I found this dual flash from Canon, and like this setup more and more. The two small flash heads on cable, are flexible in every direction. The ring you mount on the front of the lens, is rotating so you can easily adjust the flashes anywhere you please. Then comes the genious part. On the flash you can adjust the intensity between A and B flash head just by pushing left or right on a button. That way you get total control over how the outcome of the flash will look.
This setup is so much easier to bring on every field trip and so much more fun to use. My afternoon trips into the forest have now become a journey into the world of the little things. I have always been fascinated by insects but it is different when you can bring home high resolution images and get to study them close. Every little detail has a purpose and trying to find that out is very interesting. I don’t know if you have ever done this, but trying to classify a bug…its quite hard. Some
Here are some images from the last few days of forest trips.
Polyommatinae, (Below) are a subfamily of gossamer-winged butterflies. It is late season and the blue colors are worn but still beautiful.
(Below) Crane flies (Tipuloidea) belongs to the mosquito family. I did not know this, but most of the mosquitos do not bite. From a photographic perspective this is a family of insects that are a little easier to come close to and you can play more with angles and exposures. This one is about an inch long and was perfectly still for a long time. When you look closely at this image, I can’t help it, it looks a lot like crabs and crayfish in the body structure. Don’t you agree?
The longhorn beetles (Below) are a large family with over 26.000 species. This longhorn, (Stictoleptura rubra) is a female. You can tell by the red front pronotum.(The front panel before the head). On males this part is black. A lot of these beetles are terrible to get into the house because it eats wood and are often the reason to call exterminators, but out here in the wild they are beautiful to watch.
And a few more pictures you probably recognize.
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