Lighting Success

Personally, I find hard-shelled beetles to be some of the most difficult subjects to photograph in macro-photography. The glare and blown-out highlights you can get off the shell are very difficult to manage. Below are some photographs from Grant Park in Centerville, Ohio. These utilized a new soft-box/diffuser I custom made for my gear. 

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Nikon D7000 ISO 200 f/11 1/100 sec. sec. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring plusPK-3 27mm extension tube, off-camera flash with modified soft box.

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Nikon D7000 ISO 200 f/11 1/100 sec. sec. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring plus PK-3 27mm extension tube, off-camera flash with modified soft box.

Net-Winged Beetle Nikon D7000 ISO 200 f/11 1/100 sec. sec. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring, off-camera flash with modified soft box.

Here is a couple shots of the softbox diffuser. Note, this was prior to welding the prototype - please excuse the questionable craftsmanship. 

  Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring plus two PK-3 27mm extension tubes. Hand-made mobile softbox/diffuser on a Meike MK910.

Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring plus two PK-3 27mm extension tubes. Hand-made mobile softbox/diffuser on a Meike MK910.

  Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring plus two PK-3 27mm extension tubes. Hand-made mobile softbox/diffuser on a Meike MK910.

Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 reversed with BR-2 Reversing Ring plus two PK-3 27mm extension tubes. Hand-made mobile softbox/diffuser on a Meike MK910.