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Johann
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Fly eye

#1 Post by Johann » Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:45 pm

Following the advice and tips from Charles Krebs and other forum members I got this shot from a fly's eye.
Omax, 10x objective, Canon 600D camera, 45 image stack in Photoshop CS6.
External lighting using a table tennis ball to diffuse.
There is still huge room for improvement but I'm happy with the result :)
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Subject positioned on slide
Subject positioned on slide
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Setup - using table tennis ball to diffuse light
Setup - using table tennis ball to diffuse light
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Fly eye, 10x
Fly eye, 10x
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Re: Fly eye

#2 Post by Crater Eddie » Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:47 pm

Hey, that came out great! Keep it up!
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Re: Fly eye

#3 Post by KurtM » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:44 pm

Heck yeah, I'd be pretty happy with that too! 8-)
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Re: Fly eye

#4 Post by billbillt » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:47 pm

YES!!... That is getting close!!....

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Re: Fly eye

#5 Post by 75RR » Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:36 pm

Nice try. How many lights did you use and can you control their brightness?
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Re: Fly eye

#6 Post by rnabholz » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:25 pm

Beautifully done!

There was ample opportunity for the wheels to come off during the capture and processing of a 45 image stack, but you did very well managing all of it.

Can't wait to see what is next.

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Re: Fly eye

#7 Post by billben74 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:31 pm

Nice.
Is that a single light? Details on the light? Ping pong ball "hollowed" out?
...I want to copy...

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Re: Fly eye

#8 Post by McConkey » Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:06 pm

Wow awesome results!! This looks like an excellent technique to illuminate something from the top! Very very interesting!!

I'm with Bill on this one...would love to be a copycat so any other details would be awesome, I assume there's a hole in top of the ping pong ball for the objective to slide through?

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Re: Fly eye

#9 Post by Rodney » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:50 pm

I agree that is very nice.

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Re: Fly eye

#10 Post by gekko » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:39 pm

Johann, that is an excellent, beautiful image (and not easy to do so well).

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Re: Fly eye

#11 Post by rabitt » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:56 pm

Really like the setup, is that a LED lamp shinning on the ball?
Excellent photos.

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Re: Fly eye

#12 Post by KurtM » Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:54 pm

I hope I don't step on Johann's toes, but here's the technique straight from the master. Enjoy:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3313
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Re: Fly eye

#13 Post by c-krebs » Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:17 am

Johann,

Nice job! Looks really good.

It is a useful technique for many opaque objects as long as you have a couple objectives with sufficient working distance to let the light work for you.

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Re: Fly eye

#14 Post by Johann » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:35 am

Thanks for all the feedback everyone.
As Kurt mentioned, this technique was described properly by Charles: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3313
You can also see what the results should look like ;)

In my case I used two LED lights of which I can control the brightness, however, I tend to set it at its brightest and move it further or closer to get the best looking effect.
I tried Zerene stacker but got better results using Photoshop.

I think we must do a little competition to see who gets the best photo using this technique - Charles can be the judge ;)
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