Still trying to figure out my lighting setup. I have been using just the diffuser that came with the MF12 flashes. Not great, but less wieldy when trying to get pics of moths.
Saw this little fuzzy, hyper hopping around bug last night. I almost dismissed it as a hairy fly, or possibly a different moth fly. I decided to take a pic, but as soon as I put the focus on it I recognized it was a wild looking moth. Not sure I've snapped more pics of a moth before. It wasn't the most cooperative, but at least didn't manage to fly off, just move around a lot. This looks to be the first reported Peacock Brenthia Moth for Michigan on iNat, BAMONA or BugGuide.
Interesting note is the theory this family of moths mimic jumping spiders to deter predation.
Some other macro shots.
This Spined Micrathena spider looks like something out of a horror story, and pretty sure I've seen an anthropomorphized version in a movie somewhere.
This "aphid lion" is the larvae of a species of Lacewing. It stacks the bodies of the vanquished on its back.
Just playing around with color gels on Godox flashes on a raw Petoskey Stone. The last pic was using the diffusers, and I should have kept them on I think to get light bounce into different areas.
This is a stacked and cropped image of a combination of playing around with angles of flashes, and power of each flash.
Ordered the MF12 Macro light rig, and a 3rd light so I can position lights all around subject. Still need to try out all my options with this as I am just using reflectors off the 3 flashes, no diffuser as I have no way to mount them yet. Hopefully this weekend I'll have a system done up that will allow me to mount some diffusers. Also going to try to make some "vinegar bottle" DIY ones.
Not sure if I will continue this in blog format, or move to somewhat organized pages. For now just want a place to dump pics I don't upload to iNaturalist. I finally got a macro lens and am loving just walking around the yard taking different shots of bug, moths or even flowers.