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Posted 05/03/2024 - 09:18 Link
A chrysalis dropped out of the back of an old TV while lifting it. It seemed like a reason to do a long-promised modification to my macro rig to make it easier to use bellows and a good excuse to play with some older non-macro lenses. Here are some of the results. I've no idea what species of moth or butterfly it is or even whether it's still alive.

First one (the full creature) taken with F 50mm f1.7 in normal configuration, the others taken with reversed FA 28mm f2.8, both mounted on a Pentax A bellows with a K3 on the other end. All are focus stacks with point of focus changed by moving the back-standard. The first is about x1 magnification, the others about x5 - x6.

Thoughts, comments etc. welcome as usual.

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Posted 05/03/2024 - 09:19 Link
Absolutely fascinating. Loving the detail in these pictures too, Steve.
Posted 05/03/2024 - 12:18 Link
3rd & 4th images are impressive. Excellent detail.

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Posted 05/03/2024 - 15:55 Link
I don't have a TV but if I did I'd be horrified to find something like that lurking inside it.

Nice photo's and technique though.
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Posted 05/03/2024 - 19:23 Link
Fabulous shots, and I think it's a Large White.
Posted 06/03/2024 - 00:34 Link
Fantastic macros. If it is alive it should twitch its tail as you handle it.
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Posted 06/03/2024 - 22:05 Link
Thanks folks, appreciated.

JohnX - Large white is definitely possible, we get a lot of them and some find their way indoors.

davidwozere - Thank you, the tail doesn't twitch so my conscience is clear - I didn't glue a living creature to a bit of wire. And it can now stay there for a few more macro experiments .

Posted 09/03/2024 - 14:58 Link
WOW... In an icky fashion!
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Posted 09/03/2024 - 15:20 Link
Spad wrote:
WOW... In an icky fashion!

Agree - impressive and repulsive
Posted 10/03/2024 - 11:42 Link
So my guilty secret is out - I like icky and repulsive!

Posted 15/03/2024 - 08:27 Link
Great detail

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