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.
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!
#1 Before starting out, I did a test shot on my bag. Never knew that it looked so complex inside the puffy exterior!
#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
#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.
#4 Found a common longhorned beetle to try on!
#5 Traditional face shot
#6 Cute little planthopper, like a pill
#7 Going closer with the full set of extension tubes, but the DOF was extremely thin!
#8 View from the front was very cute as well. 🙂
#9 Still fiddling around with the lighting, so I shot everything I saw
#10 Derbid planthopper
#11 Side view of the little fella
#12 Found the perfect subjects to test my lighting! A pair of ultra-reflective beetles… mating?
#13 Juvenile Huntsman Spider
#15 A tiny little velvet mite that stood still for a moment, long enough for me to steal a shot here
#16 Ran onto a leaf and posed again
#17 Shot from the other side
#18 Couldn’t help shooting from all angles as these little velvet mites hardly ever stop running!
#19 Close up of a forest ant. The lens was too close to the subject, so the front was not lighted up well.
#20 Found lots of Pseudoscorpions on the wooden railings too
#21 Walked down to the stream and found some sleepy amphibians – probably a Four-lined Tree Frog
#22 Maroon coloured weevil
#23 While we were resting at the park entrance, I saw this little dead-leaf grasshopper
#24 Also found a tiny jumping spider (Salticidae)
#25 It turned around to reveal a super cute, bulging pair of eyes!
The complete album can be viewed here.