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Macro with a Cheap, Light-weight Setup

My camera was in the service centre to check on a little glitch, so I had the opportunity to experiment with a light-weight setup using my older camera - Nikon D80 with 50mm and an extension tube set. Actually, I hate to hear comments like "your camera must be very expensive!"... so this will be a cheaper option that I will use occasionally. :P

As this was meant to be light-weight, I did away with all external flashes and used just the onboard flash, diffused by a flimsy piece of foam wrapper.

Cheap and Light Macro Setup
The results were not too bad, though there could be some improvement! Generally a good working distance is required for an evenly lighted subject. When the lens is too close, a lot of light is blocked by the lens itself. Also, with this diffuser, it is almost impossible to see the subject so I had to move my camera away if I wanted to see where the subject ran to!

Sample Shot of Flipside 200 - DSC_7093#1 Before starting out, I did a test shot on my bag. Never knew that it looked so complex inside the puffy exterior!

Darkling Beetle? - DSC_7098#2 Found a little beetle to try on! Light was well diffused, but as expected, such views would lead to darker parts at the bottom

Snail - DSC_7099#3 Victor was also testing his micro 4/3 setup on this snail and I joined in as well. Problem with extension tubes is... the narrow range of focusing distance. This was at the maximum focusing distance, I couldn't zoom out any further.

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_7100#4 Found a common longhorned beetle to try on!

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_7103#5 Traditional face shot

DSC_7106#6 Cute little planthopper, like a pill

DSC_7110#7 Going closer with the full set of extension tubes, but the DOF was extremely thin!

DSC_7111#8 View from the front was very cute as well. :)

Cricket - DSC_7112#9 Still fiddling around with the lighting, so I shot everything I saw

Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_7114#10 Derbid planthopper

Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_7118#11 Side view of the little fella

Mating Darkling Beetles (Tenebrionidae) - DSC_7119#12 Found the perfect subjects to test my lighting! A pair of ultra-reflective beetles... mating?

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_7128#13 Juvenile Huntsman Spider

Mosquito? - DSC_7131#14 Mosquito?

Velvet Mite (Trombidiidae) - DSC_7135#15 A tiny little velvet mite that stood still for a moment, long enough for me to steal a shot here

Velvet Mite (Trombidiidae) - DSC_7140#16 Ran onto a leaf and posed again

Velvet Mite (Trombidiidae) - DSC_7149#17 Shot from the other side

Velvet Mite (Trombidiidae) - DSC_7151#18 Couldn't help shooting from all angles as these little velvet mites hardly ever stop running!

Giant forest ant (Camponotus gigas?) - DSC_7153#19 Close up of a forest ant. The lens was too close to the subject, so the front was not lighted up well.

Pseudoscorpion - DSC_7166#20 Found lots of Pseudoscorpions on the wooden railings too

Four-lined Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) - DSC_7168#21 Walked down to the stream and found some sleepy amphibians - probably a Four-lined Tree Frog

Weevil (Curculionoidea) - DSC_7170#22 Maroon coloured weevil

Deaf Leaf Grasshopper - DSC_7181#23 While we were resting at the park entrance, I saw this little dead-leaf grasshopper

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7185#24 Also found a tiny jumping spider (Salticidae)

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7188#25 It turned around to reveal a super cute, bulging pair of eyes!

The complete album can be viewed here.
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