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Old Jun 14, 2010, 4:15 PM   #11
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Great shots Glen!
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 8:07 PM   #12
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Yep, Much better, Glen!
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 10:56 PM   #13
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Yep - love #2 and 3. A nice series, but those two stand out. The second one is my favorite because it's so unusual looking.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 7:08 PM   #14
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Some really unique poses and excellent detail. Thanks for sharing!
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 11:20 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone!

Frogfish - RE: the bokeh. I was completely blown away with how nice and soft everything turned out. And as for a hood. No I didn't even think to use one. I'll have to try that out next time.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 11:28 AM   #16
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Everyone,

I forgot to ask this upfront.

What strategies do I have to get a better picture? More specifically, how can I get the image larger on the sensor so I can get more detail? And how can I get more depth-of-field.

I originally grabbed the SMC Pentax-A 100mm macro to see what it could do to get a larger image on the screen. I thought putting a medium extension tube would allow me to get the bug bigger on the sensor.

The problems I ran into are . . . 1) Not being able to get the image as large as I wanted. and 2) The really shallow depth of field.

Here are the settings on the camera. (I know. I wiped out the exif data. <grin>)

Flash Unit = Vivitar 285HV
Set to 1/16
Zoom set to the widest setting
Diffuser in place
Held by hand at about the same distance from subject as the camera.

Camera set to manual settings
iso = 200
aperture = f8
shutter = 1/125sec

Lens = SMC Pentax-A 100mm f4 macro with the middle size extension tube on as well.

Test for next time that I was thinking were . . .

1) Set iso to 400 or even 800
2) Get rid of the extension tube (depending on how the above worked on depth of field)
3) Maybe try out my Pentax-A 70-210
4) Maybe try out my 1.4x teleconverter.

Not sure what way to go the next time I play around with this. Are any of these ideas kinda on the right path?

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Take care,
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