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Jun 19, 2019 09:43:15   #
sippyjug104 (a regular here)
 
This is another view of my preserved Queen European Hornet. It is yet another practice session with lighting and settings as I make tweaks to improve.


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Jun 19, 2019 09:43:55   #
dennis2146 (a regular here)
 
Well done.

Dennis

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Jun 19, 2019 10:44:18   #
newtoyou (a regular here)
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
This is another view of my preserved Queen European Hornet. It is yet another practice session with lighting and settings as I make tweaks to improve.


Gary.
The thought occurred to me that each specimen, each new subject, will have it's own set of ideals, simply because of the variables.
I think Mark said something in that vein a few posts back.
My experience has been through a microscope. Shadow and bright light would bring out unseen features.
The ability to stack allows a picture that is IMPOSSIBLE in real world, we do not see that clearly.
That makes each of your sessions unique. The detail incredibly new.
Thanks.
Bill

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Jun 19, 2019 11:33:57   #
sippyjug104 (a regular here)
 
I'm humbled by your kind response. Each of the posts is labor of love for me for so much of my time goes into them between setup and processing. Many never make it to posting and I always learn something from each one that inspires me with the question of "What If...." which of course then I have to try.

The mechanics of the process is fairly straightforward. Getting them to an acceptable image is a lot like patting my head and rubbing my tummy at the same time. Each move affects something somewhere. Getting the subject aligned the way that I want it posed is about a 5-minute job in itself and when I bump it putting the diffuser over it, I have to start over again.

This image was a 649 shot stack and it took the better part of four hours for Zerene Stacker to process into this single image. Fortunately I've learned that the more time and attention I spend in the setup the least amount of clean up is required other than to remove the mounting pin. Now the posts are essentially right off the camera as processed.

I find myself hungry to find new subjects now that I'm on-track with my process.

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Jun 19, 2019 12:03:25   #
newtoyou (a regular here)
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
I'm humbled by your kind response. Each of the posts is labor of love for me for so much of my time goes into them between setup and processing. Many never make it to posting and I always learn something from each one that inspires me with the question of "What If...." which of course then I have to try.

The mechanics of the process is fairly straightforward. Getting them to an acceptable image is a lot like patting my head and rubbing my tummy at the same time. Each move affects something somewhere. Getting the subject aligned the way that I want it posed is about a 5-minute job in itself and when I bump it putting the diffuser over it, I have to start over again.

This image was a 649 shot stack and it took the better part of four hours for Zerene Stacker to process into this single image. Fortunately I've learned that the more time and attention I spend in the setup the least amount of clean up is required other than to remove the mounting pin. Now the posts are essentially right off the camera as processed.

I find myself hungry to find new subjects now that I'm on-track with my process.
I'm humbled by your kind response. Each of the po... (show quote)


How soon do you want them?
Bill

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Jun 19, 2019 12:34:02   #
kpmac (a regular here)
 
Your dedication to your images is really noteworthy. An awesome image once more. I wish I had the patience to do a stack like that. Great work.

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Jun 19, 2019 12:37:14   #
Mark Sturtevant (a regular here)
 
This really holds up on DL., and it was clearly a ton of work. Very well done! 👏🏽 👏🏽

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Jun 19, 2019 13:49:21   #
sippyjug104 (a regular here)
 
Bill, if you have any dearly departed specimens I would truly enjoy doing sessions with them. I'll reimburse you for any postage or other costs of handling. Just put them in an empty plastic pill bottle and they should travel well.

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Jun 19, 2019 16:45:07   #
napabob (a regular here)
 
impressive!

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Jun 20, 2019 08:38:01   #
EnglishBrenda (a regular here)
 
Wow, there are not enough superlatives to describe this one. So nice to see the whole creature in such focused detail. That is impressive.

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Jun 20, 2019 13:06:45   #
Moondoggie
 
Really nice photo. Thanks for sharing.

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