"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Lacewing Macro Abstract In High-Key, Using A Lightbox.

“Lacewing Abstract”

© 2004 – Michael Brown
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This image did not make the mass transfer during the move from the old journal to the new one.

This is a high-key abstract type image of a “lacewing”, using a lightbox which really helps with that high-key effect that one may want.
The light was a bit to strong for this shot, so adding a sheet or two of printing paper on top of the lightbox will help to cut down on the light if it is to strong for your subject in certain areas.

Canon 100mm macro & extension tube
Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens attached in reverse to the macro
Tripod, macro slider, two reflectors, lightbox
1/1000 sec. @ f2.8
ISO 100

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  1. this is so beautiful, as is your previous photo.. how do you attach the 50mm to the lens? I remember Danny Young (Matey!) doing this, but have long forgotten his instructions on how to do it. I love the light airy feel to this, what a great image Mike :)

    Comment by Cindy | February 10, 2007

  2. Michael, the 100mm lens is great for this. I’m interested in hearing the advantage(s) of an extension lens, though. Could you not have gotten as close with just the 100mm?

    Your photos are wonderful.

    Comment by Photo Buffet | February 10, 2007

  3. stunning Mike!!!

    Comment by Leisa | February 11, 2007

  4. Thanks guys!

    Cindy, you simply use a “macro coupler” ring, others may call it a “step ring”, to attach the 50mm lens in reverse to the 100mm macro.
    You can order these from B&H photo, and they have come down in price. Very very affordable!
    Just find out the thread size to each of the lenses that you want to use, attach the main lens to your camera, then add the macro coupling ring, then attach your 50mm lens in reverse to that. I believe mine calls for a 58-52 ring. You can put extension tubes or teleconverter between the body and main lens if you wish for added magnification.

    PB, for this particular shot, I really could not get as close as I wanted without the extension tube. Of course, I could have got the same shot that you see here with just the macro only “if” I went into the system and then crop out the composition I wanted, thus cutting down on the file size.
    You can use more than one extension tube if you wish or need to. It will cut down on some of the light, but with this lightbox and available reflectors, you have plenty of light to begin with to easily make any adjustments necessary because of those tubes.

    And thanks Leisa! :)

    Time of more coffee!
    Hope this helps guys, and thanks for the comments!

    Comment by macroartinnature | February 11, 2007

  5. My wings surely they are beautiful, but there is more to me than merely my wings.

    Comment by Richard of eTidings | February 11, 2007

  6. Thanks Richard!

    Comment by macroartinnature | February 11, 2007

  7. I appreciate your kindness in sharing …..

    Comment by charliebrown8989 | February 12, 2007

  8. hey Mike, thanks for the link. My 50mm is a Canon 1.8 though.. would it still work? hate to invest 300 bucks in a 50mm when my ‘wish list’ is pretty long at B $ H as is..
    (feel feel to email me, I can’t find your email addy on here..)

    thanks a bunch :)

    Comment by Cindy | February 14, 2007

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