I think I have improved my photographic skill this month. There is always a long way to go to reach Charles Krebbs but I’ve nevertheless taken my best pictures up to now the last week end.
Why I’m not happy with this picture
- No feeling of an astonishing picture
- Too soft
- Maybe not the right colour.
- Hairs on the back of this Mideopsis aren’t visible
- Antenniform bristles are not visible
What please me
- Good enough for the identification of the critter.
- The capsule around the eyes are well visible.
- Not a lot of reflection on the body.
- Zerene Stacker is very easy to use and run very well on my computer (running Linux Mint – a flavour of Ubuntu)
- I managed to use my 20x objective
Thought about thing which may improve
- Reflections in the bellow ?
- Maybe considering a buying better objective (Mitutoyo)
- Double check the white balance.
- Trying to use a black background (to get the feeling of darkfield illumination). But I don’t know how to see the critter and how to get it in front of the lens.
- Reducing the volume of liquid in which the water mite is disposed (to reduce reflections)
- Reducing the vibration on my rig.
- Lowering the amount of light to get less reflection from the inside of the water mite.
- try different setting of ISO to determine whether it’s better in this case to shoot @100ISO or at @400ISO
- Trying to improve the picture with thing like sharpen filters…
- Using more option with Zerene Stacker (Pmax, Dmap…)
- Stand of an old Mathys enlarger (made in France)
- A set of clamps (Mainly Manfrotto)
- A micrometer stage (OptoSigma)
- Camera : Panasonic GH1
- A very old Ihagee Bellow
- A 172mm tube lens from SurplusShed.
- Leica infinity objective C Plan L 20x/0.30 (L stand for Long working distance)
- 2 Jansjö Ikea led lamp with ping-pong ball as diffuser.
- Focus stacking software : Zerene Stacker (method Pmax).