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moth - Bulia

moth - Bulia
tucson, pima County, Arizona, USA
January 27, 2009
Size: ~17mm body length

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moth - Bulia moth - Bulia moth - Bulia

Hi Gerardine,
These images are wonderful!!!!. Would you mind letting me know how you did it? My camera has recently given up the ghost and I will have to replace it before spring arrives. (There are virtually no insects up here in the winter so I have plenty of time to make a decision). I am a bit of a no-hoper when it comes to technology, so I have been going through various web sites looking for inspiring images in the hope of getting good ideas for what to buy next (although budget may overcome desire). Thanks,

I'm glad you enjoyed the images.

For these images I used a "poor man's macro" setup, a.k.a reverse lens macro:
1. Nikon D200
2. reverse ring adapter
3. Nikon 20mm
4. extension tubes
5. 2 x Nikon SB800 Speedlites with DIY softboxes

You can find many tutorials in the Web regarding this technique. This is not a very easy way to do macro. I would avoid it if I were you.

Since you're about to get a new rig I would suggest the following:
1. Any Canon DSLR. I'd go for the 50D. However the Rebel XSI would do very nicely.
2. MP-E 65mm lens. This gives you a magnification range of 1x-5x. This is a totally macro dedicated lens. You can't use this for normal photography.
3. Any of Canon's dedicated flash units. I'd go for the 580EX if possible.
4. Flash extension cord.

Elsewhere in the guide are articles written by Mr. Jay Barnes about macro photography. These are very good articles and well worth the read. Hope this helps.

Hi again;
Many thanks for your very kind reply. That sounds a quite tricky technique, but the results you get are obviously so well worth it. I love the fine texture that you capture in these photos. Thanks also for the suggestions about cameras. This will be very helpful! It is most appreciated.

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