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Set up # 1

Set up # 1
Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 5, 2017
Canon 7D body, Canon MP-E 65mm lens, and Yongnuo twin flash -YN-24EX
This is my favorite of the two set ups. Its biggest limitation is the fact that I can't shoot anything bigger than 2 cm. It is extremely challenging to approach bugs without spooking them, as this lens doesn't allow to shoot anything farther than 2.5 inches.
I just bought this flash system and need to keep experimenting with it, but so far I am very satisfied; especially considering its low price

I like to use these camera/lens/flash/diffuser combinations to shoot, handheld, on a white background and rarely on a black background. To stabilize the camera, I use any firm object that I can lean the lens on and then move the camera up and down to focus the image (when shooting from above). The shooting surface serves me well to photograph a bug from a lateral angle; then I just need to tilt the camera for better focus.

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