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seemolf Aug 18, 2005 7:33 PM

I like insects, that will not run away - but these are very small and embedded.
Here is my first amber inclusion that I found on a danish beach (Blavand´s Huk).
As the owners of the FZ5 are "sanding experts", it was not difficult to polish the surface.
The cavity of this insect is opened, but you can see clearly that this is a mosquito! Size: 2mm
By the way there was no "jurrasic park" blood in it, willow!

Looking from the other side is more impressive.
You will notice the "foggy" surface of the body - these animals are degrading in the resin and the liquids have few space to go.
I admire the feet, the gnats passing my window in this lovely full moon night, sit with this posture afterwards on my wall. (not for long!)
I developed some equipment for theses shots, hope I was not boring too many people publishing the methods here and in the closeup forum.
The front lens here is a reversed nikkor 50mm f/8
The next one is a "gem" offered to me by my wife. It was included in an amber ring for some years.
This is the first "raw" view: (please notice the "natural" mirroring surface embedded in the amber)
After some minor changes to the amber block you get this view.
This is a two layer technique, I will need four layers to get the whole beast sharp.
So it is time for a closer closeup
And it was hard work, even with my equipment. But I had to show this aspect which is only visible in a specific angle of view.
This fly is looking since more than 50 million years at it´s lovely face and proboscis (german:Ruessel).
I will remove the dust, but this is the native picture:

This was more than 3 hours of preparation, "invention" and shooting.
Special thanks to tazzie, he forced me to go on!
Please post whether it was worth this effort!


Tazzie Aug 18, 2005 9:26 PM

Hi, sven

I can't begin to have your overall appreciation for them, but I have far more than I otherwise would have had were it not for you and other fine macro shooters we get to see here. Your setup was a kick to see, too. These FZs.. macro, telephoto zoom extraordinaire. what an amazingly neat little tool. What a giving tool. They open new territory for us, especially through Steve's that allows us to share so much.

seemolf Aug 20, 2005 3:56 AM

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thanks tazzie,
yes this is a good and inspiring forum.
Thanks to steve´s and all the macro experts!
Without this place I would not have known the hidden abilities resting in the leica lenses. Panasonic has done a good job too, but I guess the lens is outstanding!

You were the only one to answer, so this is dedicated to you:
Third review of my amber collection - finding a shadow deep inside!!
This is a preview - the object is in perfect condition.
I enjoyed it for some time in my binocular (MBS-10 awakened by CerabyX).
But digiscoping is out of bounds for my FZ5.
Beneath this bug lies a silvery springtail!
Taking good shots will take several hours of preparation ...
See you next week

Tazzie Aug 20, 2005 10:55 AM

thank you, sven. I like it.

willow1 Aug 20, 2005 12:28 PM

just remarkable seem:G

thx for sharing:G

dian Aug 20, 2005 3:13 PM

You are an outstanding macro shooter seemolf, thanks for sharing.:D

seemolf Aug 20, 2005 6:11 PM

amber part 2 3/4 is here:;forum_id=7
Sorry no panasonic involved!

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