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How to Achieve Super Magnification for Insect Macro Photography

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Field Insect Super Macro Photography Methods There are many ways to achieve super macro magnification for insect field work, but many have prohibitive disadvantages. Some are costly such as Canon’s remarkable MP-E 65mm lens. Others require highly specialized gear like enlarger lenses. And some configurations are suited for studio photography…

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Reverse Mounted Nikon 18-55mm lens for Macro Photography

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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Zoom Lens (non Vibration Reduction) As a ubiquitous kit lens bundled with many of Nikon’s DX cameras, you might already own one and not realize the powerful macro tool that you have. I had one lying around from years ago that I’d…

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Two Inexpensive Macro Focus Rails Compared

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Why do you need focus rails for ultra macro photography and not just a regular tripod head? To perform focus stacking; a series of perfectly aligned shots, each with a slightly different focus point. Stacking software then blends the in-focus areas from each photo into a composite image that should…

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Germany Herping: In search of the Emerald Lizard

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Auf Smaragdeidechsen Jagd My friend and fellow herper Markus Bühler told me about an rare population of Green Lizards that we should search for the next time I visit Germany. It’s an isolated population that was introduced in Wurmlingen, near the town of Tübingen. Markus is an accomplished amateur biologist…

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Arizona Herping: Carrot-tailed Chuckwallas in Phoenix

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While hiking in Phoenix’ South Mountain Park, I heard a terrified scream come from two jogger girls on the trail ahead. Normally girls scream at things that I love to photograph, so I ran up ahead, thinking perhaps it was a rattlesnake. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw…

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The Vinegaroon: A Salad with Frankenstein

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The Giant Whip Scorpion is an Arachnid, but is only distantly related to true Scorpions. It has neither a venomous sting or bite. It has 4 sets of legs, but the front legs have developed into extremely long, rotating antennae. The Vinageroon hunts arthropods including Crickets, Cockroaches and smaller Scorpions….

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