City, state, country:
Allison Park, PA, USA
I was asked by Dr. Bob Carlson to include info about my camera setup. Most of my recent photos have been taken in a studio using a Canon 6D with a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens. I use a MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash with custom diffusers made of Gary Fong Puffers hot glued on top of Stofen Omni-Bounces (I use cheap Chinese copies obtained on Ebay). Most of the bugs I photograph in a clear plastic petri dish placed on a white plastic tray. I take all of the shots hand held using a 150 watt fiber optic illuminator which allows me to light the subjects brightly enough to compensate for the loss of light that the MP-E 65 suffers from when using it at higher magnifications. The fiber optic illuminator is only for me to be able to obtain focus on the subject. I'm still new to this so it's a work in progress, I hope to some day be able to achieve the quality of photographs that I see posted here by more seasoned bug photographers. I'm always looking for ways to improve my technique.