Leptocoris mitellatusMacro view of L. mitellatus

This is the setup. I used the 10x objective lens on the microscope and an adaptor from a telescope that after cut down just happened to fit the microscope. Lighting was from my new Yongnuo YN565EX flash set to wireless slave. RHS of the microscope I placed a sheet of diffusing material and on the LHS was a sheet of A4 to reflect light back onto the subject. If you look at the photo of the eye you can see the two sources of light in the reflections but reasonably diffused. The focal point was adjusted using the microscope vertical table control.

Macro set up for the Leptocoris mitellatus, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Macro set up for the Leptocoris mitellatus, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

I’ve been playing around with a microscope and focus stacking. This photo is of the eye of a dead bug millions of which have been invading our house for many weeks now. It’s my first attempt involving 26 photos and a free focus stacking software called CZM. The microscope required an adaptor to connect my Canon 60D. As there is no aperture control the DOF is incredibly short thus requiring the focus stacking procedure.

Eye of the Leptocoris mitellatus, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Eye of the Leptocoris mitellatus, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Closeup of Leptocoris mitellatus, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Closeup of Leptocoris mitellatus, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

Footnote & References

  1. Leptocoris mitellatus, Photographs © Marc Newman, Flickr

Leptocoris mitellatusMacro view of L. mitellatus

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