Friday, January 03, 2014

Trial and error and error and error

I bought myself a gizmo to slave* an auxiliary flash to my on-camera flash, hoping to get more light on my tiny critters, and even out the shadows.

*(How it works; a sensor in the box sees the flash go off on my camera and instantly sets off the flash attached to it. I can put it anywhere, nearby or not so near, behind, above, beside, bouncing off a reflector or straight at my critter.)

And since then, for the last two days, I've been spending every spare minute learning how and where to put it. By trial and error, of course; and mainly error. Like shooting an entire series of a running carpet beetle larva, and then finding out that I'd forgotten to turn on the extra flash. Or shooting through a separate lens without checking to see how clean it was. After half a dozen sessions of this, the larva is not pleased with me, at all.

Meanwhile, isn't this a pretty baby slug?

Sleeping 1/2 inch slug on a wet maple leaf. Taken with only the on-camera flash.

More trials tomorrow. I've had it for today. So has my larva.


  1. You are my macro hero! I bought a macro lens because of your work!

  2. Hope you have as much fun with it as I have!

  3. You get so much out of your cameras and equipment. - Margy


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