The beautiful damselfy

This is my second post on macro photography using manual extension tubes and cheap DIY lighting !
The setup that I used here is quite similar to that which I have mentioned in my previous post “The cute little predator!” and this time my subject was a very beautiful little damselfly that I found in my garden.

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1/160sec, f/11, ISO 500, Built-in flash fired
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1/125sec, f/11, ISO 500, Built-in flash fired

The actual background in all these images was a grey wall but, I didn’t want it to appear in the final image. I wanted a dark black background and for this I had to cut the ambient light by using a 3 times faster shutter speed than normal, with an aperture of f/11 and used my built-in flash to properly illuminate the damselfly (this setting would usually result in an absolute black image if shot without a flash).

1/250sec, f/11, ISO 320, Built-in flash fired
1/250sec, f/11, ISO 320, Built-in flash fired
1/125sec, f/11, ISO 500, Built-in flash fired
1/125sec, f/11, ISO 500, Built-in flash fired

 

1/250sec, f/11, ISO 320, Built-in Flash fired
1/250sec, f/11, ISO 320, Built-in Flash fired

 


 

For all these shots I used a Canon 50mm f/1.8 mounted on a set of manual extension tubes, and also used my camera’s built-in flash with a DIY diffuser made out of a cheap thermocol plate. To know more on how I used these extension tubes, check my previous blog post

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